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Illinois Racing: 'It's Home'

Illinois Racing: 'It's Home'

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.

Man Behind the Million

Man Behind the Million

A WWII veteran and Chicago business tycoon continues to influence Arlington International Racecourse – despite his advanced age and the political challenges faced by the Illinois racing community.

Turf Writer Joe Agrella Dead

Joe Agrella, a retired correspondent for The Blood-Horse and Turf writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, died March 11 at his home in Elmwood Park, west of Chicago.

Hawthorne To See Purse Increase

Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago announced an across-the-board purse increase for its meeting that will run Sept. 23 through Dec. 31.

Weather, Full Fields Boost Hawthorne Opener

Unseasonably warm temperatures in the Chicago area and field sizes that averaged more than nine horses per race helped boost the numbers during the opening weekend of the National Jockey Club meet at Hawthorne Racecourse.

Penn National Submits Bid for Casino

Penn National Gaming has submitted a bid to finance and construct a casino in the Chicago area. Penn National was one of seven companies interested in buying the bankrupt Emerald Casino and one of three companies that expressed interest in building a casino in Rosemont, Ill. Financial details of the bid were not disclosed.

Duchossois Receives Eclipse Award of Merit

Duchossois Receives Eclipse Award of Merit

Richard L. "Dick" Duchossois, who brought Arlington Park back from the ashes, and then saw the track become a part of Churchill Downs Inc., has been selected to receive an Eclipse Award of Merit.

Duchossois: 'We Have to Change Some of Our Ways'

Duchossois: 'We Have to Change Some of Our Ways'

Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois says the horse racing industry can attract new patrons, but that it needs to change some of the ways it does business in order to remain competitive.

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