Nearing the finish line: Finalizing 2020 & 2021 race meets
Arlington and the ITHA have reached a tentative agreement for the 2020 and 2021 race meets. Final details of the agreement are being drafted and expected to be signed later today. The next step in the reopening of Arlington is scheduled tomorrow at 10:00AM, when the Illinois Racing Board will render its decision on Arlington’s 2020 revised race meet plan. Once the agreement is signed, and if the Illinois Racing Board approves Arlington’s reopening plan, the marquee racing venue will begin preparations for its 2020 race meet, that will begin without spectators on July 23rd racing three days a week Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with 2PM post times through September 30th. Arlington is working with local city officials to open its backstretch to welcome owners and trainers back to their home track on or before July 6th.