Wednesday June 09
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
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
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 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
"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 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.
Monday May 31
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 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
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.
Friday April 16
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.
Wednesday April 14
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.
Wednesday April 14
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.