Harness racing has long been a fixture at the Illinois State Fair… but its long-range future in the state is in serious jeopardy.
That’s according to the head of the Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association, who says horse tracks can’t compete with casinos… and says lawmakers need to allow tracks to add video gaming machines.
Appearing on the 970 WMAY News Feed, Tony Somone says half of the harness racing season at Maywood Park near Chicago may have to be cancelled… and he’s not sure harness racing in Illinois will recover if that happens.
[Harness racing at the Illinois State Fair was cancelled again Monday because of poor, muddy track conditions. Racing is now not expected to resume at the fair until Wednesday.]