Arlington Park Future In Flux As Last Horse Races Of Season, And Likely Ever, Set For Saturday

Written By Joe Boozell on September 24, 2021
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The final race day of the 2021 time will take place at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday, September 25. There is a great possibility that horse races won’t ever be held at Arlington suddenly based on what we know.

Churchill Downs declared it would buy the trail earlier this year. Although it hasn’t been expressly stated as such, there is a general consensus that Churchill Downs will not be sold to anyone in Illinois who wants to use the home for horse race or casino gambling.

Why? Casino Rivers

Additionally, Churchill Downs is the primary user of Rivers, a town close to Des Plaines. The idea is that Churchill Downs does not want to put Rivers & mdash, Illinois’s most well-known casino, up against any rivals.

Roy Arnold, the former Arlington president and current bidder for the property, recently told the Chicago Tribune regarding the sale:

& ldquo, I can only conclude that their motivation is to curtail competition. This has to do with safeguarding Rivers Casino. & rdquo,

Arnold’s group bid $120 million for the property, but as of mid-September, he hadn’t heard from Churchill Downs in more than a month.

And if there is no longer horse racing at Arlington Park, there will only be two horse racetracks in Illinois remaining.

( AP file image )

What about Arlington Park did Illinois miss?

The only horse tracks in Illinois without Arlington would be Hawthorne Race Course and FanDuel Sportsbook & amp, Horse Racing. FanDuel is located in southeastern Illinois, while Hawthorne is in the Chicagoland region.

Michael McCormick, a horse racing industry expert whose work has appeared in, quipped to about what the state will be missing:

Outside of the Arlington Million, can anyone think of another well-known Illinois-based race? & ldquo & rdquo,

He went on:

Arlington Park is the most visually stunning driving architecture, with apologies to the coastal mountains of southern California and Saratoga’s quaintness. Any entrant to racing would leave with a positive first impression thanks to this immaculately maintained facility, polite staff, and pleasant customerele. & rdquo,

Hawthorne will then have the majority of the Illinois horse racing load, according to McCormick, as FanDuel is new to the industry. And there is reason to think that FanDuel is more interested in using animal race as a means of pursuing casino playing and sports betting than as an end in and of itself.

The Arlington Park was established in 1927. It was the first purebred culture with a million dollar handbag that took place in 1981.

Its main attraction was the International Festival of Racing, which took place in early August. The Arlington Millions Stakes were held there andrsquo.

Located in Arlington Heights, the track holds 35,000 seats. Tony Petrillo, Arlington track president and CEO, said of the final day:

It’s going to be a time when I just want to take in everything there is to know about Arlington. I want to be able to explore on foot. The people, the supporters, who are having a great time and talking to some of the horse, are all present. Perhaps there is a method I can persuade them that we will return and that the issues we are currently facing will be resolved.

Had the sale of the Bears prevent open outrage?

The Chicago Bearssubmitted an offer to buy the track this summer. If Churchill Downs chooses the Bears, it will have major ramifications.

A Bears purchase, in McCormick’s opinion, might protect Churchill Downs’ reputation.

In my opinion, the only thing that could possibly alter the story from them( Churchill Downs ) being the ones who & ldquo, killed horse racing in Illinois, is a sale to the Bears. & rdquo,

The Bears would not provide competition for Rivers. In fact, the Bears and Rivers are partners, which is partly why the suburban Bears is a real possibility.

The Bears’ official casino is Rivers, and the franchise just made BetRivers its recognized sports betting partner. To put it mildly, the timing is odd, and Churchill Downs was proclaim its decision at any time.

We also recently learned that the Bears and the Chicago Park District have feuded over opening a sports betting lounge at Soldier Field. The Bears want it; the Park District is against it. And the Bears are frustrated about that.

Information about the Arlington last competition day

You are out of luck if you don’t currently own plans to attend Arlington on Saturday but still want to. The reservations are gone.

The doors open at 1 p.m. on Saturday for those who have reservations. There will be lights at night, and the first blog will start at 2:25 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., tribes come to an end.

For those in the Chicagoland area who would like to attend more horse races this season, Hawthorne will run thoroughbred races throughout the fall.

In the future, expect to hear a lot more about Hawthorne because there is currently no competitors.

On June 29, 1973, committee gallops at Arlington Park with training rider George Davis. ( AP file picture )

Paul Beaty’s pictures, AP
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