Illinois horse racing tracks still on a slow path to racinos

Illinois horse racing tracks still on a slow path to racinos

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  • Chris Altruda, US Bets
February 11, 2024 9:34 AM

Representatives from both Hawthorne Race Course and Fairmount Park presented in-progress reports to the Illinois Gaming Board on Thursday regarding plans to build casinos on both sides of the state, but the two horse racing tracks were still lacking clear-cut timelines to open their respective venues.

Hawthorne, located in the south Chicago suburb of Stickney, was declared “preliminary suitable” by the IGB for a racino in July 2020, while Fairmount Park — near St. Louis and the Missouri border — received that designation a few months later. Both tracks offer retail sports betting, with Hawthorne also operating sportsbooks at the maximum three off-track betting locations allowed by state law via PointsBet (soon to be Fanatics Sportsbook) and Fairmount Park rebranded to FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing when its sportsbook opened in March 2021.