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.
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).
The Pizza Man delivered some home cooking Aug. 16 when he captured the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes by a length over defending winner Dandino at Arlington International Racecourse.
View more from Chris Emigh, Chris Block, and other members of the Illinois racing community in 'Man Behind the Million,' our latest longform feature currently at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform watch video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps Arlington's major stakes races on Arlington Million day. read blog
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.
A look at the history of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and Arlington International Racecourse, run by 92-year-old Richard Duchossois. Read the companion longform feature at http://www.bloodhorse.com/ArlingtonLongform. view slideshow
Get a sneak peek at 'Man Behind the Million,' heading home to a tight-knit community and an unmistakable legacy on the struggling Illinois racing scene. Coming Aug. 11 at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform watch video
Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course both applied for fewer racing dates in 2015 than they were awarded this year and the tracks again are competing for simulcast revenue during dates when there is no live local racing.
Eleven-time Arlington International Racecourse training champion Wayne Catalano recorded his 1,000th victory at the Illinois oval July 31 when Royal Alluvial scored a five-length tally in the second race.
James Miller's Aurelia's Belle stayed perfect on Polytrack July 19, winning the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) in her third different synthetic surface start.
Aurelia's Belle, Interrupted, and She's Offlee Good are among a group of 10 sophomore fillies entered July 19 in the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse.
Hit The Board Stables' I'm Already Sexy ran her record to 4-for-4 on the Arlington Park turf July 12, a perfectly timed ride by Florent Geroux assuring her victory in the $200,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Abdulla al Monsoori's Our Channel leads a group for the $200,000 American Derby (gr. IIIT) on "Million Preview Day" at Arlington Park, hoping to recover from a poor run in the June 7 English Derby (Eng-I).
Jockey Sheldon Russell was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill., following a paddock incident involving his scheduled mount Private Prospect prior to the first race at Arlington Park.
Homebred Nikki's Sandcastle made a strong run on the final turn of the $150,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III), and that move carried him to a determined victory May 24 at Arlington Park.
Salvador Hernandez's La Tia displayed her affinity for her home track May 24 in the $150,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III), romping wire-to-wire under E.T. Baird in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack event at Arlington Park.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Arlington Classic Stakes at Arlington Park this week. watch video
Peggy Goetsch, executive director for the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation, has been serving Illinois' backstretch community for 32 years.
The latest blueprints for expanding gaming in Illinois appear to scale back dramatically on aid for the racing industry.
The plan, co-authored by Arlington Park and the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation, includes bonus money, expanded state-bred races, and promotional efforts.
Hawthorne Race Course's spring meet begins Friday, Feb. 21. Sixty-nine horses are entered for the opening day card at the Stickney, Ill., track.
Managing crisis to crisis will not save racing here. read blog
Acting under a looming deadline, the Illinois legislature Jan. 29 reauthorized advance deposit wagering in the state, staving off a draconian cut in 2014 racing dates.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation will hold its third annual online stallion season auction Feb. 1-9.
Euronfire's story warms up the Keeneland January sale.
Edward Duffy, a former Chicago police officer who went on to become an executive at two Illinois racetracks, died Jan. 4, 2014, in Arlington Heights, Ill., at age 68.
Racing at Hawthorne Dec. 28 was canceled following the fourth race when unseasonably warm conditions caused a thaw of the racing surface, making for unsafe conditions, the Illinois track reported.
Without action during a one-day session on Jan. 29, the Illinois Racing Board will be without funding to regulate a full season of live racing and will implement a doomsday schedule.
Trainer Harvey Vanier, a mainstay at Illinois and Kentucky tracks for more than 60 years, died Dec. 1 in Versailles, Ky., at age 89.
Illinois racing remained on the brink of virtual extinction as the state legislature took no action Dec. 3 on a bill that would have provided funding to run a full 2014 schedule.
New York shipper Last Gunfighter earned his fourth graded stakes win of the year, closing to get the job done in the $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Hawthorne Racecourse Nov. 30.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Last Gunfighter and grade I winner Alpha head a competitive Nov. 30 edition of the $350,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap Presented by Xpressbet (gr. II).
A horse competition in Staunton, Ill., Oct. 20 will be held to benefit Thoroughbreds Helping Thoroughbreds, an organization that aims to promote the retired Thoroughbred as a capable horse breed for competition off the track.
Hawthorne Racecourse is geared up for its fall Thoroughbred meet, with 85 horses entered on the Oct. 4 opening day nine-race card. The meet runs runs through Sunday, Dec. 29.
The Illinois Racing Board approved four alternate schedules Sept. 24 for 2014 racing with legislative action--or inaction--left to determine which one is put into effect.
Stallion Country Be Gold, previously standing in Oklahoma at Caines Stallion Station, has been sold and will stand the 2014 breeding season in Illinois at Lakewood Stables, near Centreville.
The 2014 Illinois live racing schedule likely will be trimmed back significantly as a result of revenue shortfalls, the Illinois Racing Board indicated Sept. 11.
I'm Already Sexy and I O Ireland, each a winner in a division of the Hatoof Stakes, return in search of an initial graded stakes victory in the $175,000 Pucker Up (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park on Sept. 14.
No decision or recommendation will result from the preliminary hearing, but it will launch deliberations and clear the way for a vote a week later.
Solitary Ranger returned from a layup to take the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) in solid fashion Sept. 7 at Arlington Park, becoming his sire's first stakes winner in the process.
Promising juveniles High Roll and Captain's Affair headline a field of nine 2-year-olds in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) Saturday, Sept. 7 at Arlington Park.
Lael Stable and All In Stable's Willcox Inn narrowly defeated front-running Gallant Eagle to capture his third graded stakes win in the $150,000 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park Aug. 31.
Fairmount Park jockeys Robert Cummings and Rohan Singh are recovering from injuries after an Aug. 27 accident in which one horse broke down and was euthanized.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey capped an unbelievable day with their third grade I victory when Real Solution was placed first via disqualification in the Arlington Million Aug. 17.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Admiral Kitten closed with a strong late run in the Aug. 17 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park, then opened to a 1 1/4-length victory to win his first grade I.
If Little Mike makes Arlington Million history, it will be over the likes of Grandeur, Indy Point, The Apache, and Hunter's Light as top international turf contenders gather at Arlington Park for the oval's marquee event.
Trainer Mike Maker discovered some filling in the tendon of multiple graded stakes winner Dark Cove, and the morning line second-choice will scratch from the $400,000 American St. Leger Aug. 17 at Arlington Park.
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