Horse racing season begins with new push for slots at tracks

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Another season of thoroughbred racing is beginning at Fairmount Park in southwestern Illinois, where racetrack officials hope a change in the governor’s office may bring an expansion of gambling. Fairmount opens its 90th season Tuesday. Fairmount Park President Brian Zander tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1CiOUKy ) that adding slot machines at horse…

An Old Warrior claims AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comOust, a 9 year old gelding garnered his first win of the year in the first race at Fairmount Park on Friday night. Oust was ridden by L.R. Wells and covered the One Mile and 70 yards in 1:45.20 in the $3,200 mixed conditions event. The son of Slew City Slew paid $3.80 to his backers and is owned and trained by Mike Durham. The come from behind win was the 13th in Oust’s career and escalated his lifetime earnings to over $163,000. Oust has finished in the money 34 times from 67 career starts.

— Art Parker