Keyword: Illinois

  • ADW Illegal in Illinois Effective Jan. 1

    Advance-deposit wagering will be illegal in Illinois effective Jan. 1, 2013, because the General Assembly has failed to renew enabling legislation, the Illinois Racing Board ruled Dec. 18.

  • Hawthorne Race Course

    Hawthorne Approved to Drop Seven Racing Days

    The Illinois Racing Board Nov. 27 approved Hawthorne Race Course's request to drop seven Wednesday cards because of the effects of an outbreak of neurological equine herpes on the backstretch.

  • TRF Opens 'Second Chances Ranch' in Illinois

    The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has announced an agreement with the State of Illinois to open its ninth correctional facility-based farm., the Second Chances Ranch at the Vandalia Correctional Facility in Vandalia.

  • Hawthorne

    KY Issues Directive on Hawthorne Horses

    Due to an unknown illness among some horses at Hawthorne Race Course, the Kentucky state veterinarian's office has issued a directive that horses from that Illinois track not be allowed onto tracks in the Bluegrass State.

  • Quick Wit

    Quick Wit Poised for Hawthorne Derby

    Trainer Dale Romans looks to improve upon the considerable success he has already enjoyed in turf races this season when he sends out Quick Wit in the $200,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 13 at Hawthorne Race Course

  • Hawthorne Race Course

    Hawthorne to Begin Fall Meeting Oct. 5

    Hawthorne Race Course will waste little time getting to its top races when the 62-day fall meet, highlighted by the Oct. 6 $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), begins Oct. 5.

  • Illinois Board OKs Hotly Contested '13 Dates

    A below-strength Illinois Racing Board, after a grueling day of testimony and deliberation, required two voice votes Sept. 25 to approve a hotly contested schedule for 2013 live racing.

  • Leading Astray (left) gets up late to win the Pucker Up.

    Leading Astray Streak at 4 With Pucker Up Win

    Leading Astray kicked off a big day for Team Block in fine fashion Sept. 15, notching her fourth triumph in a row and becoming a graded winner in the $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.

  • Volcat won the Virginia Oaks on July 21 at Colonial Downs.

    Pucker Up Draws Full Field of Twelve

    A full field of 12 grass-favoring sophomore fillies, topped by Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) winner Volcat and Italian transplant Angegreen, will line up Sept. 15 for the $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park.

  • Sweet Redemption won the Ontario Debutante at Woodbine in her only start.

    Field Fills for Arlington-Washington Lassie

    An overflow field of 14 juvenile fillies including stakes winners Sweet Redemption, American Sugar and Gold Edge passed the entry box for the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III), run at a one-turn mile Sept. 8.

  • Muppet Man won the Meadowlake Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 4.

    Eight Enter Arlington-Washington Futurity

    Curtis Green's local stakes winner Muppet Man brings a two-for-two record into the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III), headlining a field of eight juveniles set to go a one-turn mile at Arlington Park Sept. 8.

  • Slot Machines

    Illinois Governor Vetoes Gambling Expansion

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Aug. 28 vetoed a gaming expansion measure that would have allowed slot machines at racetracks and authorized five new casinos around the state, but hinted he may approve if changes are made.

  • Bayrir flies home to win the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park.

    Bayrir Ships From France to Take Secretariat

    The Aga Khan's Bayrir, winner of three of four previous races including a group II stakes in France, rallied late to win the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 18.

  • Slot Machine

    Illinois Awaits Action on Gambling Bill

    The clock is running on what could be a final push to authorize Illinois racetracks to run slot machines many in the industry see as vital to survival.

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    Speedy Silver Max Tops Arlington Classic

    Two-time graded stakes winner Silver Max appears the one to collar in the $125,000 Arlington Classic, which kicks off the "Mid-America Triple" on turf for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park May 26.

  • Illinois House Again OKs Racetrack Slots

    The Illinois House of Representatives May 23 again passed a gaming expansion bill that would authorize slot machines at Illinois racetracks. However, Gov. Pat Quinn found fault with the measure.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs to Build 'The Mansion'

    Calling it a "tease" with details to follow later, Churchill Downs Inc. chairman and CEO Robert Evans said March 13 the company plans to construct "The Mansion" at its flagship track in Louisville.

  • Fairmount Park Purses to Jump 20% in 2012

    Fairmount Park and the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have agreed upon an increased purse structure for 2012 thanks to the racetrack's share of casino impact funding it received last year.

  • Arlington International Racecourse

    Arlington Boosts Stakes; Adds St. Leger

    Boosted by money from the Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund, Arlington Park has proposed a 2012 stakes schedule of 26 stakes races worth $5.8 million during the 90-day meet at the Chicago, Ill.-area track.

  • Illinois Gambling Legislation on Hold Again

    Legislation authorizing slot machines at racetracks has stalled again as the Illinois General Assembly extended its fall session until after Thanksgiving.

  • CDI Reports Substantial Jump in Earnings

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings from continuing operations of $19.7 million for the third quarter of 2011, up significantly from $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2010.

  • Arlington Park

    Wagering Improves at Arlington Park

    Average daily all-sources handle on Arlington Park's 2011 live racing was up 3% over 2010, but still remained significantly lower than 2009 figures.

  • Hawthorne Racing

    IRB Protects Spring Meet at Hawthorne in 2012

    The Illinois Racing Board Sept. 27 rejected a 2011 racing dates proposal that would have eliminated the spring meet at Hawthorne Race Course, including the grade III Illinois Derby.

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Officials Argue Over Illinois Racing Future

    The fate of Illinois racing increasingly seems to be held hostage in a tug-of-war between Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel--a showdown that involves both substance and a test of wills.

  • Help for Illinois Racing? Maybe Yes, Maybe No

    In theory, Illinois horse racing should be on the verge of receiving tens of millions of dollars in revenue enhancements after a recent flurry of action by state and federal courts, the state legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn.

  • Richard L. Duchossois

    Duchossois: Slots Revenue Would Be Welcome

    Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois said he doesn't know if the racetrack can survive unless the Illinois legislature finally allows Arlington to add slot machines.