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ITHA: Refusal To Apply For 2022 Arlington Race Dates ‘Disappointing But Not Surprising’

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association issued the following press release on Thursday: Continuing their campaign to sabotage future gaming opportunities at Arlington Park, track executives are refusing to apply with the Illinois Racing Board for race dates in 2022. Arlington officials are well aware of interest from other parties in continuing racing at the state’s […]

Illinois Horsemen Urge Antitrust Investigation Over Alleged Arlington Park-Rivers Casino Link

The following statement was issued by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association: The Illinois attorney general’s office has been urged to investigate whether Churchill Downs Inc. committed state or federal antitrust violations when it took a series of steps to preclude casino gaming and diminish pari-mutuel wagering at a site in close proximity to its Rivers […]

ITHA Statement: Illinois Horsemen ‘Appalled By Churchill’s Contempt For Live Racing’

The following statement is from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in response to a press release from Churchill Downs Inc. saying the company will attempt to sell Arlington Park for development and relocate its racing license elsewhere in Illinois. Illinois thoroughbred owners and trainers appreciate the opportunity to race this year at Arlington Park, a […]

ITHA: Arlington’s Refusal To Open ‘Devastating’ To Horsemen, Small Businesses

The following commentary is from the  Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association concerning the state of Illinois giving tracks permission to run spectator-free racing beginning June 1 – and Arlington Park’s refusal to embrace the opportunity. Arlington Park’s contempt for Illinois workers and the best interests of taxpayers knows no bounds. Having rebuffed the opportunity to add […]

Illinois Horsemen: Hawthorne Deferring ‘Recapture’ Funds, Why Not Arlington?

The following statement was issued by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association: Hawthorne Race Course has agreed to forgo the taking of “recapture” from the horsemen’s purse account in order to substantially improve the quality of overnight purses, and help ensure the continuation of live thoroughbred racing, this year. That means $3.397 million will stay in […]

Commentary: Illinois Horsemen Say Only Hope For Arlington Is For CDI To Forgo Recapture

The ITHA was encouraged by the productive tenor of recent discussions with officials representing Arlington Park and parent company Churchill Downs concerning a contract for the 2020 meet at Arlington. The track, for instance, agreed to reduce the purses for stakes races from $3.3 million to close to $1.5 million. However, with our state’s stay-at-home […]