Is Arlington Park Racetrack’s Future Uncertain with the Retirement of Dick Duchossois?


Dick Duchossois is retiring from the board of directors of parent company Churchill Downs Inc., according to Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) CEO Bill Carstanjen’s announcement during a quarterly investors call.

Duchossois, age 97, has been on the CDI board since he merged his Arlington Park racetrack with Churchill Downs in September 2000. The Daily Herald’s Jim O’Donnell comments about the future of the racetrack, where fate might be connected to the most profitable outlook for the property, and energy for live thoroughbred racing might be focused on Louisville and the Kentucky Derby. Read more at O’Donnell: Will Duchossois drawback push Arlington Park closer to tilt? (Daily Herald)



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“Internationally acclaimed as one of racing’s most beautiful settings, Arlington International Racecourse hosted its inaugural meet in 1927 and re-opened its doors in 1989 after a devastating fire engulfed the clubhouse four years earlier. Arlington merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated in September 2000 and has the distinction of being the first racetrack in the Churchill Downs family to install a synthetic racing surface. As home to the world’s first million-dollar race, the Arlington Million, Arlington features a 1 1/8-mile main track, a one-mile turf course and a five-furlong training track. Arlington experienced a historic first in 2002 as the suburban Chicago track hosted its first-ever Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Thoroughbred racing is normally held at Arlington from mid-spring into early autumn.

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