Bidder: Churchill Downs Is ‘Protecting Rivers Casino,’ Not Illinois Horse Racing

Written By Joe Boozell on September 15, 2021
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A group that placed a$ 120 million pay to purchase the trail from Churchill Downs was led by Roy Arnold, the former president of Arlington International Racecourse and CEO of Endeavor Properties.

Arnold told the Chicago Tribune that his group was one of three finalists for the track. However, he hasn’t heard from Churchill Downs in more than a month.

Churchill Downs, in the opinion of Arnold, is preventing someone from continuing horses racing or bringing casino gambling to Arlington Park, as his team does.

He declared:

& ldquo, My sole inference is that they are driven by a desire to curtail competition. The goal here is to safeguard Rivers Casino. & rdquo,

A lot stakes in Rivers Casino, located in Des Plaines, is owned by Churchill Downs.

Rivers is the most popular casino in Illinois, and many suspect that Churchill Downs wants to keep horse racing and casino gambling out of nearby Arlington Heights in an effort to stymie competition.

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) recently called on Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to investigate whether Churchill Downs has violated antitrust laws. If there will no longer be horse racing at Arlington Park, only two racetracks in Illinois will remain.

In a speech, Churchill Downs stated:

& ldquo, Many qualified bids showed a strong interest in buying the home, and our team is still working through the sale process. We have entered into confidentiality agreements with each bidder in order to maintain the process’s integrity, and we intend to carry on the terms of those agreements. As a result, we won’t post on any discussions or speculations made by others. At the appropriate time, CDI may update customers on the sales procedure. & rdquo,

All of this suggests that the Chicago Bears are a strong candidate for the title.

Bears are one of the suitors for Arlington Park.

The Bears submitted a proposal for Arlington Park earlier this year. We don’t know the terms, but there is reason to believe they could wind up being the choice.

The Bears wouldn’t host horse race there or allow casino gaming, to start. The team could create a retail sportsbook, but that & rsquo, racino, is insignificant in comparison to an all-inclusive & ldquo. & rdquo,

Additionally, there is some smoking in the area around Churchill Downs, River, and Bears.

The Bears recently made Rivers Casino’s sportsbook operator BetRivers their official sports betting partner, moving on from PointsBet. Rivers Casino is also the official casino of the Bears.

Mike Ditka is even the BetRivers brand ambassador. Between other business ties and the fact that the Bears fit the mold of what Churchill Downs is (or isn’t) looking for, the stars seem to align.

We should know Churchill Downs’ decision in the coming weeks.

last days of Arlington’s horse race

Since 1927, purebred horse racing has taken place at Arlington Park. On September 25, the garden did probably host the final horse races.

In total, there are six more racing dates left on the Arlington calendar. They will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week then last. Tribes start at 2:25 p.m. CST and end at 6:30.

Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney and FanDuel Sportsbook & amp, Horse Racing in Collinsville, would be the only remaining horse racing tracks in the Land of Lincoln without Arlington. Collinsville is in southwestern Illinois, while Stickney is located just outside of Chicago.

Fans of Illinois horse racing does have a terrible time on September 25. Additionally, there will be a mix of happy and sad sports fans in the Chicagoland area if Churchill Downs selects the Bears.

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