The Most Beautiful Horse Racing Track In America Is About To Be Closed Forever

  

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By:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  12 comments

The Most Beautiful Horse Racing Track In America Is About To Be Closed Forever


Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago will run its last race late Saturday afternoon. It is the victim of corporate greed. Churchill Downs Inc. the company that bought Arlington Park some years ago has decided to sell the land the track sits on for "development."  In the likelihood that the track will be torn down by next spring when the next racing season for Arlington would start, the track did not apply for 2022 racing dates.  The track never failed, but the lack of casino games which so many other tracks now use to raise their racing purse values has put Arlington at a competitive disadvantage in attracting more horse to race there.  Churchill Downs refused to allow casino games at Arlington because they own a casino in the same general geographic area and said Arlington would be competition to their other property.

In any case , the nicest race track in America has hours to live.

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The Top 10 Horse Racing Tracks In America

  1. Arlington Park, Illinois. This picturesque turf race course lies in the suburbs of Chicago and is renowned for its natural beauty.

https://turfnsport.com/top-10-horse-racing-tracks-america/#:~:text=The%20Top%2010%20Horse%20Racing%20Tracks%20In%20America,is%20one%20of%20America%E2%80%99s%20most%20picturesque%20race%20tracks .



Which is the nicest race track in America?






Located in suburban Chicago, the Arlington Park grandstand, which was rebuilt after a 1985 fire, is probably the nicest of any race track in America. The summer racing isn't on a par with Del Mar or Saratoga, but the fields are full and a good turf course and one-mile chute on the dirt track make for interesting racing.





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Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

I'm a big fan of Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I try to get down there once a year to try my luck at the ponies.

I'm sorry this track in Chicago is closing

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
2  author  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago
The history of Arlington International spans more than 80 years of struggles and successes. Described as “the most beautiful track in America”, Arlington began Thoroughbred racing on October 13, 1927, when more than 20,000 fans braved the cold weather to celebrate the event in high style. Jockey Joe Bollero guided Luxembourg to victory in the first race ever at Arlington.

The Arlington Million was the first thoroughbred race to offer a purse of  US$ 1,000,000. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3  Kavika     3 weeks ago

I was there once in the 1980s and it was quite beautiful. Sorry to see it go.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
5  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    3 weeks ago

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
6  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

It's one of the few I haven't been to. Sadly it's the way of the future. We will be left with a few major ractetracks with most people betting online.

Well done John on the article.


 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
7  charger 383    3 weeks ago

A few years ago our local fairground made a long term agreement with a harness racing group in Virginia.  Improvements were made to the track and fairgrounds and the harness racing group has a new home.  We always had harness racing at the County Fair but now it is several weekends in the fall and they practice most of the year.   One little track has a success story.    

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
7.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  charger 383 @7    3 weeks ago

That is cool. 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
8  JBB    3 weeks ago

Like bull fighting or rodeos the public's taste change.

At least when cars wreck only humans get harmed...

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
8.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  JBB @8    3 weeks ago

There are still a lot of horse racing tracks.  As Vic said, a lot of the betting is done online now so the attendance at the tracks has fallen.  Many of them have supplemented their income by putting casino games into their facilities, mostly slot machines. Horse racing itself is not in danger of disappearing , but it may become more concentrated. 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
8.1.1  JBB  replied to  JohnRussell @8.1    3 weeks ago

If degenerate gamblers threw grandmas off the Empire State Building to bet on which one hits the ground first would that make it okay? Horse racing as a spectator sport is dying off because it is a blood sport that abuses animals which fewer people want to attend anymore...

Agreement with Vic should set of alarm bells.

Tracks close because racing is less popular...

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
8.1.2  author  JohnRussell  replied to  JBB @8.1.1    3 weeks ago

I wont argue with you about your opinion of horse racing, although  I dont agree with it. 

Horse racing was once one of Americas most popular spectator sports, in the first half of the 20th century, but it wasnt objection to horse racing that changed that, it was the new found popularity of professional football and basketball , which were not as popular prior to the 1960's and 70's. 

Horse racing is still popular,  just not as much as it used to be as a spectator sport. 

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
9  charger 383    3 weeks ago

There are a lot more horses around because of racing than there would be without racing.  

John, Vic and Charger agree on something

 
 
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