I don’t think this one’s on the GA
Friday, Aug 30, 2019
* Sun-Times editorial about the decision by Churchill Downs to shutter the Arlington track and not apply for a racino license…
Churchill Downs didn’t work against the bill. It was also at the table the whole time. As the editorial alludes to, it’s been clamoring for a racino ever since the Elgin casino opened 25 years ago so that it could share some of the gaming money with racehorse owners. Without that cut for the horse owners, the whole shebang falls apart and everyone knows it. Tracks don’t just get a racino handed to them without a requirement to use some of the money to build up the horse racing part of the equation.
So, how can the GA be blamed for giving Churchill Downs what it always said it wanted and didn’t appear to oppose?