Horses, hats and races: One final day at Arlington International Racecourse
Arlington International Racecourse officials announced the track’s “permanent” closure on its last day of racing Sept. 25, 2021. Industry members say the closure is the end of a long, slow decline at the track, which used to employ more than 1,000 workers. Many of the workers are part time and seasonal, and others work full time for horse owners. While they normally transition to other tracks at the end of the season, many don’t know what they will do next spring if Arlington is closed after nearly a century of racing. Tribune photojournalist Chris Sweda documented what could possibly be the final race day ever at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday.chicagotribune.com
Arlington International begins what likely is its last season amid regrets and anger over planned closing of iconic horse track. Future of site unclear.
Arlington Park opened what may be its last season Friday, after owner Churchill Downs said it was shutting down the iconic horse racing track because it wouldn't make as much money as casinos.chicagotribune.com
High school runners facing toughest hand with VHSLs condensed season plan
Blacksburg, Va. In July, the VHSL announced that all sports would be postponed to the beginning of 2021, leaving distance runners like Blacksburgs Landon Dinkle with more time to prepare. But the catch for this schedule is runners like Landon and teammate Mia Jones are condensing nine months of competition between cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, into one semester. (We) will probably maybe focus a lot on cross country so during indoor we might still be working on our goals for cross country, Jones said. Just trying to keep ourselves ready for whatever the day is, whenever that is.But this waiting period leaves more questions than answers. If we view it was an opportunity, I think we can do some amazing things.
8/28: Obama on ISIS: "We don't have a strategy yet"; Track announcer retires after calling four decades of races
8/28: Obama on ISIS: "We don't have a strategy yet"; Track announcer retires after calling four decades of races President Obama said a decision on air strikes in Syria is days if not weeks away. He questioned whether they would be effective against ISIS without the help of neighboring Middle Eastern countries; and, 63-year-old Tom Durkin has been calling races since 1974. He shares some of his most memorable moments at the track.cbsnews.com