COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Monday was the final live racing event of the 96th season at FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing. This year’s return after the pandemic stop last season gave the track the chance to step back into the public eye.

“It was great,” said President and General Manager Melissa Helton. “We started with restrictions when we opened on April 27th and have just grown from then on. On June 11th we were released for 100% capacity. No restrictions on anything and the crowd proved they wanted to see this and they came out and showed us. ”

The drama, which plays out every 15 minutes, was reason enough for a trip to the lawn.

“It’s everyone’s business,” said Andrea Rimert from St. Peters. “It’s unpredictable, fun, and exciting.”

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“We don’t see horses that live in suburbs,” said Gary Lombardo of Wildwood. To be out here and see them walking in their natural home is a real eye-catcher. “

Collinsville High School senior Willy Grieb completed his first season as the track’s official bugler and will return next season.

“Lots of memories of going up there before every race,” he said. “I loved playing St. Louis songs. ‘NS. Louis Blues March ‘and’ Meet Me in St. Louis’ was fun to play here. It’s nice to see how the audience reacts too. “

The crowd on Monday proved the track will be on solid ground when the live racing returns next May.

“You know it’s the king of the sport,” said Helton. “That’s old history. Everyone loves horse racing. It’s amazing to hear these horses come down the track. “


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