Keyword: Illinois

  • Illinois Budget Woes Bring About Purse Cuts

    Illinois racing took a multimillion-dollar hit as Gov. George Ryan sliced up this year's overall state appropriations bill to deal with a budget crisis. Among the items cut by Ryan was money for the "recapture" of purse money.

  • Hawthorne Executive Carey Dies

    Robert F. "Bob" Carey, Jr., assistant to the president of Hawthorne Racecourse, died Saturday from injuries sustained in a fall last November.

  • Illinois Stakes Highlight Arlington Park Program

    About $450,000 will be on the line June 20 in six Illinois-registered stakes that make up the third Prairie State Festival at Arlington Park. The afternoon is designed to showcase Illinois racing and the history of the state.

  • Racetrack Slots Not Dead Yet in Illinois

    No one in Illinois government seems to like the idea of slot machines at racetracks, but the proposal remained on the table as the legislature's spring session went into overtime in an attempt to find new revenue sources to solve a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall.

  • Repent Tops Field of 10 for Illinois Derby

    A field of 10 headed by Select Stable's Repent has been entered for the $500,000 Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park April 6. The grade II event offers a $1-million bonus to the connections of the winner if that horse goes on to capture any Triple Crown race.

  • Sportsman's Park Officials Say Live Meet is Safe

    National Jockey Club officials assured the Illinois Racing Board Wednesday that the Sportsman's Park horse racing meet set to begin March 1 is not threatened by financial problems that have closed the organization's Chicago Motor Speedway for the year. In other business, the board began the process of changing some state regulations to facilitate the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park this fall.

  • Breeders' Cup president D. G. Van Clief Jr., left, shakes hands with Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois.

    2002 Breeders' Cup to Arlington Park; Distances of Two Races May Change

    The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races will make their first appearance in the nation's third-largest market -- at Arlington Park, northwest of Chicago -- on Oct. 26, 2002. After months of complex negotiations, Breeders' Cup Limited, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Churchill Downs, Inc., parent company of Arlington, announced the deal Monday.

  • Illinois Derby to Have $1M Bonus Incentive in 2002

    Sportsman's Park will offer a $1-million bonus for any horse that wins next year's $500,000 Illinois Derby and then goes on to win any Triple Crown race in the subsequent months. The Illinois track released its $2.1-million stakes schedule Tuesday.

  • It's Official: 2002 Breeders' Cup to Arlington Park

    Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Monday, Dec. 3, that Arlington Park in suburban Chicago has been named the host site for the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The announcement was made at a press conference in Chicago's ESPN Zone restaurant.

  • Soccer Team Eyes Arlington Park for Stadium

    It's all very preliminary, but there are indications the Chicago Fire soccer team is considering Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., as a possible site for permanent soccer-only stadium.

  • Victory Speech Colt Tops Illinois Sale

    Frank Calabrese and a 2-year-old colt by Victory Speech combined to top Saturday's Illinois sale. Calabrese paid $100,000 for hip #25 at the June 23 Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation sale at Arlington Park.

  • Chief Steward Resigns In Illinois

    Rene Riera Jr. has resigned his post as chief state steward following an investigation into his role in distribution of a misleading workout time at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • IRB: No Evidence of Mutuels Fraud at Arlington

    The Illinois Racing Board said Thursday it has found no evidence of wrongdoing at Arlington Park and its off-track betting operation following an investigation of allegations employees were fraudulently cashing outstanding winning tickets and keeping the money, which totaled $1 million.

  • Sportsman's Rewarded With Double-Digit Business Gains

    In 2000, Sportsman's Park suffered from its conversion to a dual-use facility for horse and motor sports racing. With sight lines and other fan amenities compromised, attendance and handle sagged. To address the problems, Sportsman's Park spent several million dollars during the past year to improve its facility, then implemented an extensive fan outreach program to show off the changes.

  • Struggling Fairmount Waits on Legislature

    Fairmount Park's live meet, delayed more than a month by a crippling purse dispute, is finally under way. But the future of the track, located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo., is in the hands of the Illinois legislature.

  • Hawthorne's Top Events to Highlight Spring Meet

    The Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), displaced from its fall date by a scheduling change, will be run this year on Preakness Day, May 19, for a purse of $500,000. The Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) will be run on the Hawthorne turf on May 12. The changes are part of an overall stakes schedule of 15 events during Hawthorne's split meet. Six will be run during the spring, the remainder during the fall/winter season.

  • Arlington Park has been granted approval for a 2001 stakes schedule slightly lower than the total in 2000.

    Illinois Approves New OTB Parlor Near St. Louis

    The Illinois Racing Board Tuesday approved two new off-track betting parlors -- one of them just a few minutes' drive across the Mississippi River bridge from the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The St. Louis-area parlor will be in what is now a liquor and Lotto distribution station in Sauget, Ill.

  • Arlington Seeks Later Racing Dates

    Arlington International Racecourse asked the Illinois Racing Board to approve a June 1 start for its 109-day, 2001 racing season to put the area's premier track in a better position to bid for a future Breeders' Cup series.