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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

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

Hawthorne Opens Off-Track Sportsbook With PointsBet

As Covid mitigation guidelines continue to ease, allowing for casinos to resume operations, Hawthorne Race Course and PointsBet have been approved by the Illinois Gaming Board to open the State's first off-track and non-casino sportsbook beginning on Wednesday, January 27th. The newly remodeled Club Hawthorne in suburban Crestwood is part of Hawthorne's off-tracking betting (OTB) network, and is the first of three such OTB locations that will open under Illinois' sports betting law.

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  • Bloodhorse

$12.2m in recapture fees to Illinois tracks

The Illinois Racing Board unanimously certified the dispersal of $12.2 million in recapture fees to the state's three horse racing tracks on Thursday ahead of the 2021 harness racing season.

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  • Harnesslink

Fonner Park racing will be open to public with safety precautions

Horse racing will be back up and running at Fonner Park in February, but in order for people to observe the races, officials are changing things up in order to comply with state and local ordinances.

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  • KSNB
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Fonner Park can't hire casino operator until state forms Gaming Commission

While Fonner Park is waiting for the Nebraska Gaming Commission to be established, the Grand Island racetrack is talking with companies that might run a gaming operation there once the system is in place.

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  • Grand Island Independent

Kentucky Supreme Court Historical Horse racing decision brings issues

With the Kentucky Supreme Court's decision that many Historical Horse Racing machines, the fuel that powers the state's racing circuit, do not constitute pari-mutuel wagering, the horse racing industry now faces problems.

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  • Horse Racing Nation

BetAmerica Sportsbook To Rebrand Under Twinspires

The company announcement Tuesday that TwinSpires will now serve as Churchill Down’s all-in-one sports betting, online gambling, and parimutuel horse racing betting brand.

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  • Forbes

Racing handle in 2020 only down 1.3%

Tracks closed, spectators were absent, and schedules were changed beyond recognition. Yet, amid a year unlike any other in Thoroughbred racing, the total 2020 US handle dipped only 1.3% from its 2019 totals.

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  • Online Gambling.com

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Signed Into Law

On the evening of Dec. 27, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus bill to provide government funding and pandemic aid. Signage of the bill removed the threat of a partial government shutdown that would have started Dec. 29 after a temporary spending law expired.

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  • Bloodhorse
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Kentucky Downs has two stakes elevated to Grade 2 status

Kentucky Downs announced Friday two stakes races for its annual meet have been upgraded to Grade 2 status for 2021. The $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup at 1 1/2 miles and the $500,000 Franklin-Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters both were elevated from Grade 3 to Grade 2 status for the upcoming year. In addition, the $750,000 Tourist Mile earned Grade 3 stature for the first time.

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  • Bowling Green Daily News

Arkansas Derby Preps Can Be Lasix-Free After State Signs Off On Revised Rule

Oaklawn Park will now have the ability to card Lasix-free stakes races after a state legislative review committee in Arkansas signed off on a series of racing rule changes Friday.

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  • Paulick Report

Fonner Park going through the process of getting a casino

Casinos are getting closer to coming to Nebraska. Yesterday, Ho-Chunk Inc. announced the launch of its new division Warhorse Gaming. CEO of Fonner Park Chris Kotulak says they are interviewing a number of casino operators including Ho-Chunk Inc.

With video.

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  • Nebraska TV ABC

Canterbury Park 2021 Racing Dates Approved

Canterbury Park’s request for a 65-day 2021 thoroughbred and quarter horse racing season, May 18 through Sept. 16, was unanimously approved Thursday by the Minnesota Racing Commission. The Shakopee, Minn. track will conduct a Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule with racing also on Memorial Day and Labor Day as well as Saturday, July 3.

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  • Past The Wire

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