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Illinois Racing Board

Contact: Mickey Ezzo


CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Racing Board announced today that it will retain a second consultant to analyze the track surface at Arlington Park.

Arlington had previously hired Joe King of New York and the Board had retained the services of Gregory Coon of Florida. Both consultants pronounced the track safe and opined that the track was not a contributing factor in the recent rash of horse breakdowns.

Today’s announcement follows the Board having learned that recommendations for alterations to the track surface and track maintenance procedures were communicated by Mr. Coon in writing directly to track management but not made a part of his original report. The Board additionally learned that Mr. Coon had met with track management after his inspection but before drafting his report and submitting it to the Board.

IRB Executive Director Marc Laino said, “The Board is intent upon insuring the safety of horses and jockeys at Arlington Park. While the additional recommendations made by Mr. Coon may well not reflect upon the safety of the track, we need independent verification of that fact, which we do not presently have.” The IRB is investigating whether any Board rules were violated in connection with the Arlington executives’ communication with Mr. Coon.




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