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Barntowiretoo is a news and discussion site focused on Illinois and midwest thoroughbred and harness horse racing. It is dedicated to the memory of long time friend of Illinois racing and race horses everywhere, and founder of Barntowire.com, Janine Starykowicz.

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  • Thursday November 14

    New Podcast: Mid American Thoroughbred Racing News

    • From: themiddlemove.com

    There is such great information out there for thoroughbred horse racing, unfortunately most of it is geared around the major circuits out east at NYRA or on the West Coast. Here at The Middle Move, we are going to focus on the Midwest circuit primarily. If your home track belong somewhere from Minnesota to Arkansas, and about Indiana west, then sit back, relax and enjoy some quality racing news.

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  • Tuesday November 12

    Churchill Downs not being shown in Nevada race books because of contract…

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    The Churchill Downs simulcast signal has been unavailable throughout Nevada since the track’s meet began on Oct. 27 due to a contract dispute with the company that buys racing signals for the state’s parimutuel locations, the track’s parent company confirmed on Tuesday.

  • Friday November 08

    Lincoln Race Course to host two live races Saturday

    • From: Lincoln Journal-Star

    Lincoln Race Course will host its lone day of live racing this year Saturday afternoon. Saturday's races — a pair of one-furlong races, each with four-horse fields — will be the first on the race course's new track, a ¾-mile dirt oval that was installed over the summer and early fall.

  • Thursday November 07

    Pedroza Jr. Earns Riding Title at Indiana Grand

    • From: Bloodhorse

    What a year it's been for jockey Marcelino Pedroza Jr. After a slow start to the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino meet in April, Pedroza climbed his way to the top of the standings by mid-June and never looked back, soaring out to a commanding lead and earning his second title at Indiana Grand in the past three years.

  • Tuesday November 05

    Arlington Heights mayor: 'Hands are kind of tied' on Arlington Park's future

    • From: Daily Herald

    "All we can do is encourage positive developments that will help keep the racetrack open," [Mayor] Hayes said. "I'm certainly committed to doing that. I know this village board is committed to doing that as well. We'll continue to do all we can, but our hands are kind of tied just in terms of how much impact we can actually have."

    "I think everyone in this room knows that the village has very little say in terms of what happens at the racetrack," Hayes said.

  • Tuesday November 05

    Mongolian Groom's Death at The Breeders' Cup Angers Activists

    • From: Guam Daily Post

    Animal rights groups on Sunday called for an immediate halt to horse racing following the high-profile death of a gelding in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Southern California’s Santa Anita Park. Four-year-old Mongolian Groom injured his left hind leg going into the final turn of the nationally televised $6 million race, and was taken away from the track in an ambulance and later euthanized.

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  • Sunday November 03

    Churchill Downs Venture Plans Expansion, OH Sports Betting On Horizon

    • From: Legal Sports Betting

    LEBANON, Ohio – Miami Valley Gaming & Racing (MVG), a joint venture made possible through a partnership with Delaware North Gaming and Entertainment and Churchill Downs Incorporated, is set to undergo an expansion worth $100 million. According to Churchill Down’s press release, the project will include building a hotel with 192 rooms, a parking garage with 1,000 spaces, and a 10,000 square foot expansion of gaming floor space. The number of VLT’s on the property will also add up to be about 2,200 in operation.

  • Thursday October 31

    Churchill Downs' online wagering falls on launch, marketing costs

    • From: calvinayre.com

    "The ‘online wagering’ segment, which includes not only the TwinSpires advance deposit wagering site but also the new BetAmerica online sports betting and iGaming business, reported revenue falling by $1.7m to $70.4m. Online earnings fared much worse, dropping nearly 28% to $15m. CDI blamed the online slump on “the exit of certain existing high volume / low margin customers” from Velocity Wagering Services, its Isle of Man-based ADW site for international racing bettors. TwinSpires’ Q3 betting handle, which doesn’t include Velocity, was up 7.9% year-on-year as active players rose by 2.6% but net revenue per active player fell 1.1%."

  • Thursday October 31

    Rivers Casino starts work on new sportsbook, expansion

    • From: Daily Herald

    Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has begun renovations to its existing space, company officials said Thursday, ahead of further expansion plans being made in the wake of the new state gambling law. The casino -- the state's largest and most lucrative -- is applying for a sports betting license and already started work to convert its Cube lounge to an official sportsbook that could open by the end of the year, said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Inc.

  • Thursday October 31

    Under immense scrutiny, stakes will be high at Santa Anita Breeders' Cup

    • From: Courier-Journal

    There will be a lot more riding on the horses this weekend at Santa Anita than just their jockeys. Thoroughbred racing is effectively on trial, tempting fate and risking its future by staging the Breeders’ Cup championships at a track that has become synonymous with equine tragedy.

  • Thursday October 31

    Sports Creek gets conditional horse-racing license, but there's a to-do list before…

    • From: MLive

    The owners of Sports Creek, a shuttered horse racing track that closed five years ago, have been granted a conditional license and permit to reopen next year, but it’s not a certainty that they will. AmRace & Sports LLC still needs a grandstand inspection, information on its plans for track security and an emergency preparedness plan before it can host live or simulcast racing, the Michigan Gaming Control Board said in a news release Thursday, Oct. 31. ... Perhaps as important, AmRace & Sports officials have told MLive-The Flint Journal previously that they need changes in state law, including provisions to allow for cell phone gambling, to make reopening the track a realistic business proposition.

  • Thursday October 31

    'We'll just have to see': Churchill Downs CEO leaves Arlington's future uncertain

    • From: Daily Herald

    The future of Arlington International Racecourse wasn't made any clearer Thursday when its corporate owner discussed the historic track and its other suburban interests with investors. During a quarterly earnings call Thursday morning, Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen reiterated the company's commitment to keep the Arlington Heights racetrack open through 2021 -- leaving its long-term future in limbo -- while he doubled down on a decision not to seek slots and table games once seen as a lifeline for the struggling horse racing industry.

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