Tracks and horseman are looking for handouts. They cant make it on their own. Purse in Illinois have not moved since 2000. All Arlington operations are netting 5 to 6mill (guess) after taxes and this is with recapture and their big tax break. Harness is dead and who knows what is going on with Hawthorne.
See any positives?
Horseracing's fun and it still employs a lot of people, there is a big multiplier throughout different industries, I'm guessing. Advertising is something that might be exploited (groan, as if we don't see enough ads now!). I wouldn't call it "dead" yet. Don't know much about IL farms and breeding programs, but I guess that could be better. It might be our "pals" in KY don't want to see that happen here.