Fairmount Park Considers Reducing Race Dates If Expanded Gaming Legislation Fails

Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Illinois, like most of the other racetracks in the state and in the country, has struggled to fill races during its live meets. In 2017, the track held 41 days of live racing, which was the lowest its ever had.

The facility has requested the same number of dates from the Illinois Racing Board for 2018; however, according to an article in the Belleville News-Democrat, should the state not pass legislation to allow expanded gambling in the state, Fairmount officials say that they will have to reduce the dates even more, down to 19.

A group of Illinois lawmakers hope to prevent that with legislation that would allow the three tracks in the state to install 150 video gaming machines. Rep. Katie Stuart, one of the sponsors of the legislation, called it just “temporary bandage.”

“It’s very simple. It’s not the full fix that we need. We can’t let Fairmount die while we wait and work out all the details on how we’re going to do gaming in the future,” Stuart said.

“Obviously they want a bigger fix, they want something that’s going to help them grow and get to expand the number of race days they used to have,” Stuart continued. “At the bare minimum it’s to stay open, and the fear is without this very minor addition of the 150 positions, they will have trouble staying open.”

Read more in the Belleville News-Democrat

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