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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New 12/13/20 photos from ITHA.

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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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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.

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.

Effective immediately and until further notice, Galloping Out is waiving the donation fee to place a horse in our program. We hope this will help encourage continued and robust owner participation in Galloping Out so that thoroughbred horses can enjoy productive and rewarding lives after they retire.

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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