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Arlington Track Proposals Due Next Week; Minor League Stadium Site?

The June 15 deadline for developers interested in purchasing the 326-acre Arlington Park race track property is not set in concrete, said Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes on Tuesday. Depending on what the track’s Request for Proposals attracts, owner Churchill Downs could reach an agreement and embrace one of the ideas or continue to seek more responses.

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Increased capacity at Arlington Park this weekend? Hold your horses

Although the state is letting businesses and other venues return to full capacity on Friday, Arlington Park officials are pulling in the reins on any immediate plans to add seats. "We've sold our seating packages through June, so it wouldn't be fair to some who bought those packages in advance to offer more desirable seats that weren't available under the previous phase," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington Park's president.

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  • Daily Herald

Kentucky Downs Tickets Now Available

Reserved seating for the elite six-day all-turf meeting at Kentucky Downs in September is now available on the track's website. Kentucky Downs will be back to full capacity for live racing at the meet, which runs Sept. 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12, with its most upscale option yet for reserved seating and dining and the return of free general admission.

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  • Thoroughbred Daily News

Oaklawn explores Dec. start to season

Oaklawn President Louis Cella said Saturday an unprecedented change is a possibility for the Hot Springs racetrack's schedule next season. Cella said Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort will present to the Arkansas Racing Commission a proposal for a likely 66-day racing season to begin Dec. 3 and conclude May 7, the date of the next Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

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  • Arkansas Online
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'We can't force them not to sell': State lawmakers on likelihood of Arlington Park sale

"I don't think the governor can intervene in any sort of formal way," said state Sen. Bill Cunningham, the Senate's point person on gambling. "One thing I will agree with former Governor Edgar: There are many people who care about horse racing who are upset at Arlington/Churchill Downs/Rivers (Casino) for all the obvious reasons."

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  • Daily Herald

Former Illinois Governor Sounds Off On Intended Sale Of Arlington Park

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, a horse owner-breeder and racing enthusiast, has called on current Gov. J.B. Pritzker to use his influence to stop Arlington Park in Arlington Heights from being sold for development by its owner, the publicly traded Churchill Downs Inc.

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  • The Paulick Report

Legendary American jockey Calvin Borel faces up to a year in jail for second drink-drive arrest in ...

LEGENDARY American jockey Calvin Borel faces up to a year in jail after a second drink-drive arrest in as many years. Borel, 54, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, was charged by cops in the US on Wednesday night.

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  • The Sun

NV Gaming Commission to weigh action to help allow Kentucky Derby betting

Following a public hearing at Thursday’s Nevada Gaming Commission meeting, an amendment to Regulation 22 governing race books and sports pools will be considered by the five-member commission.

“Unfortunately, since their last off-track pari-mutuel agreement expired in October 2019, the Nevada books have not been able to successfully negotiate another off-track pari-mutuel wagering agreement with Churchill Downs, the track that hosts the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks,” the petition says.

Regulation 22 requires that a licensed race book shall determine the winners of or payouts on wagers on horse and other animal races only with information the book receives from licensed disseminators. ... [Last year] the Gaming Commission solved the problem the same way it’s been proposed for resolution this year — that sportsbooks be allowed to base race results and calculate payouts on what is presented on national television.

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  • Las Vegas Review-Journal

Live horse racing returning to Collinsville later this month

The live thoroughbred horse racing tradition will return to Collinsville later this month. FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing, formerly known as Fairmount Park, will welcome fans back to the track on April 27 with a post time of 1 p.m. and a “Surprise in the Sky” from Sky Dive St. Louis.

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  • KMOV

Hastings NE racetrack operators explore options to add casino

The operators of a locally owned horse-racing operation are exploring options to establish a casino in Hastings in the area of the Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave. Breann Becker, president of FairPlay Park, presented three basic proposals to the Adams County Agricultural Society at its meeting April 13. She said she is willing to work together to come to an agreement that will benefit both parties. As one of Nebraska’s six licensed horse racetracks, FairPlay Park (operated by Hastings Exposition & Racing at the Adams County Fairgrounds) can add casino gambling to its operation thanks to the passage of Initiatives No. 429, 430 and 431 by the state’s voters in November 2020.

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  • Hastings Tribune

Jockey Orlando Mojica tallies career win No. 2500 at Indiana Grand

In only the second day of action for the 2021 season at Indiana Grand, jockey Orlando Mojica hit win 2,500 aboard Sky Judge in the afternoon’s seventh race Wednesday. It was Mojica’s only mount of the day and only his third start of the season thus far in Indiana.

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  • Horse Racing Nation

Nebraska's Fonner Park chooses Elite to develop a $100M casino resort

ebraska's Fonner Park officials said Friday they have chosen Iowa-based Elite Casino Resorts to develop a $100 million casino resort complex at the horse racing track, which will be named Grand Island Casino Resort at Fonner Park.

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  • Yogonet

Construction to Begin on Indiana Grand Expansion

Construction on a $32 million expansion of Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville is scheduled to begin next week. Caesars Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: CZR) broke ground Thursday on the project, which will add 25,000 square feet of gaming space.

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  • Inside Indiana Business

Illinois Racing Board Member Criticizes Churchill For 'Shortsighted,' 'Self-Defeating' Decision To ...

One member of the Illinois Racing Board, author and journalist Alan Henry, had a lot to say about Churchill Downs Inc.'s decision to put Arlington Park up for sale at the monthly board meeting. According to the Chicago Daily-Herald, Henry called CDI's refusal to sell the property to another racing entity “a shortsighted and self-defeating posture” that would irreparably tarnish the company's brand.

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  • Paulick Report

Sports Creek owner hopes for return to horse racing, plans for other options

The owner of Sports Creek Raceway is aiming to bring back horse racing in the summer, but he is also ready to move on and repurpose the site for future renovation. “We stand ready to go forward,” said Nelson Clemmens, CEO of Kentucky-based AmWest Entertainment LLC, a company affiliated with AmRace & Sports LLC, and owner of Sports Creek Raceway. “We’re hopeful, but we have to be cautiously optimistic because of what we haven’t been able to keep moving forward on a consistent basis.”

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  • MLive

Possible Suitors for Arlington Park, But Will Churchill Sell to a Racetrack Operator?

With the track having been put up for sale and with parent company Churchill Downs Inc. failing to commit to a meet after this year's season, Arlington Park's days may be numbered. But there may be a flicker of hope. Mike Campbell, the president of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, told the TDN that he knows of a number of companies and individuals interested in buying the track and keep it open for racing.

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  • Thoroughbred Daily News

Arlington Million Cut to $600K, Renamed for Duchossois

The Arlington Million (G1T), the first Thoroughbred race to offer a $1 million purse at its inception in 1981, will be run Aug. 14 as the Mister D. Stakes for a diminished purse of $600,000 as Illinois' three remaining grade 1s will be named in honor of former Arlington International Racecourse owner Richard L. Duchossois and his family members.

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  • Bloodhorse

Churchill Downs commits to horse racing in Illinois -- but not at Arlington

Now that Arlington International Racecourse is officially for sale, the owners of Churchill Downs Inc. on Thursday reiterated their desire to relocate Arlington's horse racing operations elsewhere in Illinois, despite questions over the process to do so.

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  • Daily Herald

ITHA Statement: Illinois Horsemen 'Appalled By Churchill's Contempt For Live Racing'

Illinois thoroughbred owners and trainers appreciate the opportunity to race this year at Arlington Park, a world-class track, but are disappointed that Churchill Downs will renege on its longstanding promise to preserve and grow jobs in Illinois racing while also serving the best interests of Illinois taxpayers.

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  • ITHA via Paulick Report

Churchill Downs Announces It Will Sell Arlington Park

Churchill Downs announced Tuesday that it has launched a process to sell Arlington Park, which sits on 326 acres of real estate 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.

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  • Thoroughbred Daily News

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