Edited press releases
The Illinois Racing Board awarded 2007 racing dates Sept. 19, and the schedule is similar to that of this year.
Arlington Park was granted 94 dates from May 4-Sept. 16, with racing four days a week in May and June.
Hawthorne Race Course received 119 Thoroughbred dates from Feb. 23-May 3 and Sept. 21-Dec. 31. (Hawthorne also will offer 39 nights of harness racing in the summer.)
Fairmount was awarded 90 days from March 6-Sept. 29.
The National Jockey Club earlier pulled its request for winter/spring dates at Hawthorne. The NJC and Hawthorne have operated jointly, with Hawthorne providing the racing facility.
The IRB designated Arlington Park as the host track for simulcasting during dark days from Jan. 2-Feb. 15, when there is no live Thoroughbred racing in Illinois.
"In order for Illinois racing to improve and grow, it's important that both Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course have the opportunity to be successful," said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. "The dates awarded by the IRB have given both of us that opportunity."
Regarding the six weeks of four-day racing in May and June, Arnold said: "By racing four days a week during May and the first two weeks of June, we're confident that we'll have larger fields running for higher purses during that time frame."
The first two days of the 2007 Arlington racing season will coincide with the simulcasts from Churchill Downs of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 4 and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 5.