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  • Thursday July 15

    Arlington "Million Preview" Day Draws Kentucky Raiders

    • From: Bloodhorse

    s Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. prepares to sell Arlington International Racecourse for development, Kentucky-based horses are poised to grab the spoils on what's assumed to be the historic track's final "Million Preview Day" July 17.

  • Thursday July 15

    Historic American Derby Mirrors Illinois Racing Woes

    • From: Bloodhorse

    The 11-horse field for the July 17 American Derby is a striking personification of the problems that have forced Arlington International Racecourse to the brink of extinction. Three of the Derby entries, including the favorite, were last seen contesting the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. And two of those are based at Arlington, where purse cutbacks and an uncertain future have turned the facility into a virtual training center for some horsemen targeting out-of-town events.

  • Thursday June 24

    Illinois Racing Board Chair Seeks Talk with Churchill Downs Over Arlington Park

    • From: casino.org

    The chairman of the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) is seeking a conversation with Louisville-based Churchill Downs Incorporated to ascertain their plans once they’ve sold the historic Arlington International Racecourse in the Chicago area.

    The IRB chair said his reason for wanting the call was two-fold. First, Beiser said he wanted to impress upon Churchill Downs officials how the “uncertainty” surrounding Arlington has affected local horsemen. In addition, he wants to see how much the company will be willing to disclose about its plans for both the short- and long-term in the state.

  • Wednesday June 09

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

    • From: Journal & Topics

    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.

  • Wednesday June 09

    Increased capacity at Arlington Park this weekend? Hold your horses

    • From: Daily Herald

    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.

  • Tuesday June 08

    Kentucky Downs Tickets Now Available

    • From: Thoroughbred Daily News

    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.

  • Sunday June 06

    Oaklawn explores Dec. start to season

    • From: Arkansas Online

    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.

  • Friday June 04

    'We can't force them not to sell': State lawmakers on likelihood of…

    • From: Daily Herald

    "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."

  • Tuesday June 01

    ITHA Urges Illinois Attorney General to Launch Antitrust Probe of Churchill Downs…

    • From: ITHA

    ITHA President Mike Campbell urged the attorney general’s office to investigate whether Churchill Downs committed state or federal antitrust violations when it took a series of steps to preclude casino gaming and abate pari-mutuel wagering at Arlington Park.

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  • Monday May 31

    Former Illinois Governor Sounds Off On Intended Sale Of Arlington Park

    • From: The Paulick Report

    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.

  • Saturday May 29

    Legendary American jockey Calvin Borel faces up to a year in jail…

    • From: The Sun

    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.

  • Saturday April 17

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

    • From: Las Vegas Review-Journal

    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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