ITHA to Churchill: Build the Racino at Arlington or Sell Arlington to Another Owner that Will

Arlington Is Intended to Become a Racino, Under Illinois Law, as a Means to Boost Purses and Maximize the Track's Live Racing Potential



The new gaming law in Illinois intended for Arlington Park to become a racino as a means to boost purses, create jobs, grow economic opportunity across the state, diversify the state’s tax base, and help generate revenue to support the state’s new capital infrastructure plan.


If Churchill Downs isn’t going to build the racino, as intended by the law, then Churchill needs to get out of the way, sell the track to another qualified owner, and let that owner develop and realize the promise of that track.


Mike Campbell, president of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday that he is aware of at least two groups of investors that may have an interest in purchasing Arlington and operating the track as a racino - as intended by law.


To read the Sun-Times coverage, click here.



Excerpt from Reporting on Churchill Downs by Chicago Sun-Times

Published January 9, 2020


After Churchill Downs announced Arlington wouldn’t become a racino, [Illinois Gov. J.B.] Pritzker’s office called it “a significant reversal from the years and years of race track owners seeking additional ways to generate revenue to keep their operations working.


“In fact, the gaming legislation provides several opportunities for significant additional revenues, including table games and slots,” the governor’s office said then. “Just as importantly, the legislation allows the racing industry to flourish instead of facing more years of decline. Just to be clear: actions taken around gaming will be done to benefit the people of Illinois, not solely for the bottom line of individual operators.”


For the full story by the Sun-Times, click here.



ITHA Continues to Advocate for Competitive 2020 Purses at Arlington


Contract Negotiations with Churchill Remain at Impasse



Contract negotiations with Churchill Downs remain at impasse, but another contract meeting is scheduled for next week.


Appearing below are links to recent news coverage concerning the ITHA's efforts to secure competitive 2020 purses at Arlington Park.


“Arlington Horsemen Say Track May Be Dark in 2020”

January 6, 2020

Thoroughbred Daily News


“Stalled contract talks threaten racing, ratchet up tension between ArlingtonRacecourse and horse owners, trainers”

January 3, 2020

Chicago Sun-Times


"Deadline for new Arlington Park contract with racing group comes andgoes”

January 2, 2020

Daily Herald


“After Blown Purse Contract Deadline, Horsemen Claim Arlington Officials Won’t Meet”

January 2, 2020

Thoroughbred Daily News


"Report: Deadline Has Passed For Agreement Between Illinois Horsemen, CDI”

January 2, 2020

Paulick Report


“Illinois horsemen to Churchill Downs: 'Treat Arlington like Turfway’”

January 2, 2020

Horse Racing Nation


“ITHA: Churchill Downs Inc. Deceived Industry, Threatens Future Of Arlington Park”

January 1, 2020

Paulick Report


"With deadline expired, Arlington, horsemen still at impasse“

January 1, 2020

Daily Racing Form


"O'Donnell: End of Arlington Park could be accelerated due to contractstalemate with horsemen”

December 18, 2019

Daily Herald