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CHICAGO (CBS) — Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Tuesday it is moving forward with a sale of the 326-acre Arlington International Racecourse, although the company said it still plans to hold all scheduled races this year.

The company said it does not expect any sale of the property to be completed before the conclusion of the 2021 race schedule, which includes dates from April 30 through September 25.

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“Arlington’s ideal location in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, together with direct access to downtown Chicago via an on-site Metra rail station, presents a unique redevelopment opportunity. We expect to see robust interest in the site and look forward to working with potential buyers, in collaboration with the Village of Arlington Heights, to transition this storied location to its next phase,” Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated, said in a statement. “In the meantime, we are very committed to pursuing the relocation of Arlington’s racing license to another community in the Chicagoland area or elsewhere in the state. We are exploring potential options with the State and other constituents and remain optimistic that we can find solutions that work for the State, local communities and the thousands of Illinoisans who make their living directly or indirectly from thoroughbred horse racing. We are committed to the Illinois thoroughbred racing industry and will consider all options in working toward opportunities for it to continue into the future.”

Arlington Racecourse currently is serving as a COVID-19 testing site for the State of Illinois.

The facility was forced to close for a couple months last year due to the pandemic, but resumed horse races in July.

In 2019, Churchill Downs warned the racetrack could move somewhere else, after opting not to apply for a casino license. At the time, Carstanjen said the taxes in a newly signed Illinois gaming law were just too high to make enough money off slot machines and table games.

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“Notwithstanding our steadfast commitment to the Illinois Thoroughbred racing industry and despite the good faith intentions of everyone involved in the passage of the Illinois Gaming Act, the economic terms under which Arlington would be granted a casino gaming license do not provide an acceptable financial return and we cannot responsibly proceed,” Carstanjen said in a news release at the time.

Carstanjen said at the time the Chicago market already had seen a proliferation of video gambling terminals, and faced the possible introduction of five new gaming facilities and more gaming positions at existing casinos.

“Arlington would enter this market with an effective tax rate that would be approximately 17.5% – 20% higher than the existing Chicagoland casinos due to contributions to the Thoroughbred purse account. This disadvantage in a hyper-competitive gaming market, coupled with substantial licensing and reconciliation fees and new, unviable horse racing requirements in the Illinois Gaming Act, makes construction of a casino at Arlington financially untenable,” Carstanjen said in the release. “It is with a heavy heart that we conclude that we can’t make this work.”

Churchill Downs said at the time it would conduct horse racing in 2020 and 2021, and would also apply for a sports betting license while exploring longer-term alternatives. However, the company later opted against applying for a license for a sportsbook.

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Thoroughbred racing began at Arlington in 1927, and the track first played host to the Arlington Million in 1981. Arlington was destroyed by fire in July 1985 – with flames sweeping through the huge grandstand and leaving it a mass of charred rubble – but the racetrack still held the Arlington Million less than a month later using temporary bleachers. Arlington reopened in 1989.

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The two division champion Amanda nunes is facing Megan Anderson in key statistics for UFC 259.

The Saturday 6 March, Amanda Nunes is looking to make her second defense of her UFC women’s featherweight title. ‘The Lioness’, who also holds the women’s bantamweight crown, meets Megan Anderson at that contest. The fight serves as the co-main event for the UFC 259 pay-per-view card.

Nunes captured the 145-pound title in December 2018 with a 51-second knockout of Cris Cyborg. She then defended the title in June, when she defeated Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision. The win over Spencer was Nunes’ eighth straight win in a UFC title fight. Nunes currently has an 11-fight winning streak. She has not lost since Cat Zingano scored a TKO victory over her in September 2014..

Anderson joined the UFC in 2018 after capturing the interim featherweight title from Invicta FC. The Australian began her UFC career with a 1-2 run, however, she has achieved first-round finishes in her two most recent outings. Anderson is currently coming off a first round knockout win over Norma Dumont Viana. That fight took place in February 2020.

Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson fight schedule

Date: Saturday 6 MarchTime: 6:00 pm ETMain event: 12:30 am ET

UFC 259: Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson takes place on Saturday with the initial preliminaries kicking off the event at 6:00 p.m. ET, before the pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson enter the Octagon around 10:30 p.m. ET, depending on the duration of the undercard bouts.

On the other hand, if we want to know the schedule in the rest of the world, we have to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil It will be at 12.30 pm hours.

For his part in Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico the fight is expected to start at 11.30 pm.

In Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Mexico we will be able to see it at 9.30 PM.

In Canal what happens or transmits Nunes vs Anderson?

We will be able to see this fight in Latin America through the transmission of ESPN Knoout Live and Live Online.

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Nunes vs. Anderson co-headlines of UFC 259 , which will take place on March 6 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The payment per event card is transmitted in ESPN +

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