Interesting how a horse race, in this case the Illinois Derby, brings people together. The Illinois Derby should remain as part of the Kentucky Derby qualification process
Dick Duchossois: Arlington Chairman Dick Duchossois at center of Illinois Derby debate – chicagotribune.com
An intriguing sub-plot in the Arlington-Hawthorne squabble involves Arlington International Racecourse Chairman Dick Duchossois, by far the biggest stockholder in Churchill Downs Inc.
Although Duchossois has a 31.8 percent share and controls three of the 11 seats on Arlington’s parent company’s board of directors, he focuses on Arlington and has no formal role in running the Louisville facility. The tracks merged as a business entity in 2000.
Now, the decision to exclude the Illinois Derby from the list of Kentucky Derby qualifying races flies in the face of a joint statement Duchossois and Hawthorne chief Tom Carey issued in April after they finally settled some lingering legal disputes.