Post by bobtailnag on Feb 23, 2021 19:12:00 GMT -5
It's home to the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the country, somebody should jump on it unless the price is out of this world. It's a beautiful track but it's been at least 7 years since the last time I was there.
Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Tuesday that it has launched a process to sell the 326 acres in Arlington Heights, Ill. that are currently the home of Arlington International Racecourse. CBRE will bring the redevelopment opportunity to market on behalf of CDI
CDI is committed to running Arlington's 2021 race dates from April 30 – Sept. 25, and does not expect any sale of the Arlington site to close prior to the conclusion of Arlington's 2021 race meet or that the conduct of the sale process will impact Arlington's racing operations this year.
“In the meantime, we are very committed to pursuing the relocation of Arlington's racing license to another community in the Chicagoland area or elsewhere in the state.
They won't sell to anyone wanting to keep it a racetrack. They could then get slots and be direct competition with CDI's casino down the road. Took the state way too long to approve slots at the track, which was the only reason CDI wanted it anyway. They found another option, making Arlington a drag on the bottom line.
Let's see now. We lost Hollywood Park (CDI) to redevelopment, Calder (CDI) to redevelopment, Arlington Park (CDI) to redevelopment.....is Fairgrounds next ? Churchill loves their casino's...not so much their tracks. Play the slots and the horses(and horsemen) be damned. (Can you tell, still pissed they leveled Calder for that casino)
Post by spiderjohn on Feb 24, 2021 12:25:29 GMT -5
Hate to hear it, though not a total surprise. State of the art when it was constructed. I had a box for the Million for the first 25 years of it's running. Originally stayed next door at the then Arlington Hilton, then when my wife started attending we moved to downtown. A bitch of a drive from the city(imo Chicago traffic is the worst clusterfuck out there), and the train ride out/back was not functional. Sits on a lot of prime real estate in an area where a race track honestly doesn't fit. Plus--Ill.racing has been on a steady decline(as is the state), not helped by an all-weather surface. Maybe one last Million trip this year(if they have it and we can attend)?
Mr.D is definitely restless in the grave.....
Was dq’ed also in that race Then had it happen in the Beverly D either the year prior or after Didn’t think that either dq was warranted(of course!)
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2021 13:44:19 GMT -5 by spiderjohn