Kentucky Downs has named Ted Nicholson as vice president of the Franklin, Ky., track. Nicholson had been consulting with Kentucky Downs on its 2015 racing season prior to being named to this permanent position.
The Illinois Racing Board Sept. 29 voted to consolidate all 2016 Chicago-area racing at Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course, averting potential draconian cuts at both those tracks.
In an effort to provide a measure of protection for horses and racetrack workers in Illinois, an Illinois Racing Board commissioner wants to require tracks to consider their welfare in the event of track shutdowns.
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William Stiritz's Shogood made his stakes debut in impressive fashion Aug. 22, soaring gate-to-wire to win the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse.
On Aug. 22 the Nobiz Like Shobiz colt returns to stretch out to seven furlongs and step up in company in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), departing from post 4 in a field of 13 with Chris Emigh up.
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The 6-year-old English Channel gelding galloped to victory in the $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, scoring the greatest victory of his career.
Lucky Speed saved all for the stretch run, surging from off the pace to collar Panama Hat in deep stretch and capture the $350,000 American St. Leger (gr. IIIT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Highland Reel went gate-to-wire in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, quickening away brilliantly after setting the pace to win by 5 1/4 lengths.
Undefeated Italian Derby winner (Ity-II) Goldstream will make his first start for Australian Bloodstock Aug. 15, when he faces Belmont Derby (gr. IT) victor Force the Pass in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT).
There are 33 horses pre-entered for Arlington International Racecourse's trio of grade I events for the International Racing Festival Aug. 15, including 14 for the marquee event, the Arlington Million (gr. IT).
Arlington International Racecourse has signed LiftMaster, a brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, as presenting sponsor of the track's International Festival of Racing.
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Jockey Carlos Montalvo recorded his 1,000th career victory Aug. 1 at Arlington International Racecourse, winning with Jere R. Smith Jr.'s Oh My Todd in the day's first race.
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Midnight Cello earned his first graded stakes score and first victory of the season in style July 18, taking the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse with a bold early move up the rail.
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Highland Yard's Walk Close bided her time off the pace in the $100,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) and then asserted herself in the stretch to win July 11 at Arlington International Racecourse.
World Approval nabbed pacesetter Nun the Less with an eighth of a mile to run and fended off menacing Crittenden for a narrow win in the $100,000 American Derby (gr. III) July 11 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Kevin Warner's Quiet Force, a sharp $40,000 claim in March 2014, comes from just off the pace to win the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). The son of Dynaformer will likely start in next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT)
The Illinois Racing Board June 23, amid warnings the state's racing industry is at "death's door," narrowly refused to let Arlington International Racecourse trim its daily programs to fewer than eight races.
U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome is among 78 nominations for the Arlington Million (gr. IT), the centerpiece of the International Festival of Racing Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse
A quartet of trainer Wesley Ward's Royal Ascot hopefuls each breezed a half-mile on the turf at Arlington International Racecourse May 24.
Churchill Downs Inc., reported April 27 first-quarter results that showed net revenues of $250 million, up 50% over the same quarter of 2014, primarily due to its acquisition of Big Fish Games.
The Fine Equinity system recorded Mubtaahij working four furlongs in :49.70, with a final three furlongs in :35.30. The last quarter of the work was timed in equal splits of :11.50 seconds, home in :23 flat.
Arlington International Racecourse starts a 77-day live racing season May 1 that includes stakes races on nine consecutive Saturdays throughout July and August during the Arlington International Championship Season.
The Illinois Racing Board March 17 approved a drastically reduced stakes schedule for the summer meeting at Arlington International Racecourse, putting five graded events "on hiatus."
The Illinois Racing Board has approved a 2015 racing schedule similar to this year, with questions remaining about how purses for those dates will be funded.
The future of Illinois racing hangs in the balance as the Illinois Racing Board ponders a 2015 racing schedule for the Chicago area.
Five Fillies Stable's Sistas Stroll gave jockey Drayden Van Dyke his first graded stakes score Sept. 13 as Tom Proctor trainees ran 1-2 in the $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington International Racecourse.
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Avanzare spurted out to lead early and held off strong closing threats from Hattaash and Mister Marti Gras to prevail in a rousing finish to the $150,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Arlington.
Mister Marti Gras, winner of the 2011 edition of the Washington Park Handicap (gr. III), makes his fourth consecutive start in the $150,000 race Aug. 30 on the Polytrack at Arlington International Racecourse.
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Hardest Core, a 4-year-old Hard Spun gelding trained by Edward Graham and ridden by Eriluis Vaz, upset Arlington's biggest day at 11-1 to secure his first graded stakes score in the Arlington Million (gr. IT).
Belmont Derby (gr. IT) runner-up Adelaide charged down the center of the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse and edged away to a determined victory in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT).
Euro Charline, a stakes winner at Ascot three weeks ago, soared through the stretch under a well-timed ride by Ryan Moore to upset the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) in her U.S. debut Aug. 16 on turf at Arlington
Irish import Belisarius will not run in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse, the track reported.
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The Illinois Racing Board Aug. 14 took the first formal step toward creating rules for handling a potential dispute about which organization should formally represent horsemen at the state's tracks.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's defending victor Real Solution is set for a showdown with 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Magician in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington International Racecourse Aug. 16.
European-based Irish-bred Adelaide and American-bred and based Tourist top a field of nine 3-year-olds entered for the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at 1 1/4 miles Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse.
After being released from a hospital following treatment of influenza and pneumonia, trainer Wayne Catalano plans to be at his Arlington International Racecourse barn Thursday, Aug. 14.
Irish classic winner Just The Judge will try halt a six-race winless stretch in the Beverly D. (gr. I) on the Arlington Million (gr. I) undercard Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Jockey James Graham visited the winner's circle five times at Arlington International Racecourse Aug. 9.
A short list of seven horses has been pre-entered for the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 16, headed by defending Million champion Real Solution and 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) victor Magician.
After a slow first day, Bradley Graham caught fire Aug. 7 to win the two-day "Battle of Saratoga Handicapping Challenge," taking down the top prize of $110,000.
Grade I winner Admiral Kitten is out of consideration for the Arlington Million (gr. I) Aug. 16 at Arlington International Racecourse, according to owner Ken Ramsey.
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