Illinois racing faces its own fiscal cliff

by Marcus Hersh 11 months ago

The Illinois Racing Board awarded 510 racing dates to the state’s three Thoroughbred and two Standardbred tracks for 2013. Imagine a scenario in which those dates were reduced by 83 percent, a season when a grand total of 13 harness-racing programs were conducted, Hawthorne had no spring meet and raced only 15 days in the fall, and Arlington’s long summer meeting was reduced to just 49 days. That is not just imaginable but possible.

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