Quad City Downs

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Quad City Downs
Location 5005 Morton Drive, East Moline, Illinois
Owned by Churchill Downs Inc., Arlington Park
Course type Flat
Official website

Quad City Downs was a horse race track in East Moline. The track ran live harness races from the mid 1970s through the early 1990s. The track originally opened under the name "East Moline Downs" (EMD). After financial difficulties in the first few years of operation, the track reorganized under the name Quad City Downs (QCD). The track ran simulcasts live Thoroughbred and Harness racing from tracks across the country until January 31, 2015 when the track was permanently closed.

Recent history[edit]

Aerial view of the facility in 2006

The Illinois House recently passed a bill which will allow slot machines to operate in the facility. Some hopefuls think the gambling expansion will bring back live racing to the track.[1][2]

It was announced on January 9, 2015 that Quad City Downs would close by the end of the month. The primary reason cited was competition by legal slot machines in Illinois bars and restaurants. The Quad City Downs closed on January 31, 2015 [3]


  1. ^ "Gambling expansion resurrected". May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Illinois legislation creating 'racinos' boosts horsemen's hope". May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Quad-City Downs closing". January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 41°31′35″N 90°23′18.8″W / 41.52639°N 90.388556°W / 41.52639; -90.388556