June 23rd, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
As everyone knows we had a General Membership meeting on Tuesday, June 21st. In the event you weren’t able to attend, the summary of the meeting is as follows.
We will be racing the full meet as originally scheduled with no loss of dates or purse reductions. It is important to note that our purse account will be negative and Fairmount has agreed to fund the account so we can finish the meet, these funds will be repaid as our purse account replenishes itself in the months following the conclusion of the meet.
Secondly, as everyone knows we can no longer pay winter stall rents in order to remain at the track and train through the winter, the funds are just not there to make this happen. We currently owe and must pay last years stall rents beginning in January. In order to race in 2017 we must eliminate any and all expenses in order to generate income to pay our past stall rent bill and fund our purse account. This is going to be a very difficult task and it will take some creative planning as well as sacrifices from the horsemen. Due to this all horsemen will be asked to vacate the track immediately following the conclusion of the meet, at this time we believe we will have around two weeks to ship out, once I am sure of the exact time table I will let all know. Over the next few months we will be working with management and ownership in order to find a way to make 2017 work for the horsemen and Fairmount Park.. As things progress and as we begin to figure out what we can do, we will post here and in the HBPA office.
Lastly, as mentioned Fairmount Park has agreed to fund our purse account in order to finish the meet, clearly as horsemen we appreciate this gesture of good faith, this was done in order to help the horsemen finish the meet and keep racing going here at Fairmount. In addition management/ownership has indicated that they want live racing to continue well into the future, this includes 2017, 2018 and beyond. We want them to know that we appreciate this effort as it helps everyone associated with racing at Fairmount as well as all of Illinois. We must keep in mind that everyone must work together in order to create a successful and mutually beneficial relationship for the future, hopefully we can all have a good finish to this meet and make 2017 better.
Eddie Essenpreis, President, ILHBPA
June 17th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
Attention horsemen! There will be a general membership meeting on Tuesday June 21st. at 6 pm in the trainers section of the grandstand.
June 16th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
Yesterday, 6/15/2016 it was brought to my attention that Fairmount Park, Inc. has made a request to the Illinois Racing Board asking to vacate a portion of our racing dates for this meet. You can go the Illinois Racing Board website and view the agenda for their upcoming board meeting on June 28th, 2016, there you will see this request, it is item # 4.Once this was verified I immediately contacted Fairmount’s Brian Zander in order to find out why this request was made and what the situation is. I was informed by Mr. Zander that due to a lack of funds in the horsemen purse account we could not continue the meet beyond 7/16/2016. Mr.Zander will be attending our board meeting on Saturday, June 18th to explain the entire situation and give us Fairmount’s option and or plan.Please be advised that following Saturday’s board meeting we will then call a General Membership meeting for all horsemen to attend, we will give everyone the details and the options that Fairmount presents us with, we will make no decisions without the input of the entire membership, we are all in this together and we should all be involved in any decisions that are as important as this appears to be.I will post the General Membership meeting date as soon as I can. Sincerely,
Eddie EssenpreisPresident, ILHBPA
June 11th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
Here are the results of the H.B.P.A. election which was held on Saturday June 11, 2016
Bret Rosendohl John Cox
Tom Basler Jim Watkins
John Rednour Charlie Mullins
Dan Ohallaron Don Bentler
Dixie Harr Frank Randazzo
June 6th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
Just a reminder that ballots to elect an H.B.P.A. President and board of directors are due in FOUR days. The ballots will be counted on Saturday at 1 pm. They should be mailed no later than this coming Wednesday to be safe.
June 3rd, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
The ballots for H.B.P.A. President and Board of Directors will be counted next Saturday the 11th. If you haven’t sent yours in, please do so now.
May 31st, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
H.B. 940 which authorizes two more O.T. B.’s to Fairmount’s current allotment of seven, passed both Houses this afternoon. This opens an avenue for more purse money in the future. This makes it vitally important for us to continue to work toward passage of additional forms of gaming. As important as the passing of A.D.W. was, it will take a major gaming bill to truly allow us to turn the corner and level the playing field with our surrounding racing jurisdictions. With Springfield failing once again to pass a budget, it gives us a chance to lobby for a gaming bill all through the rest of this year. I will continue to give legislative updates as we go along.
May 28th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
The annual H.B.P.A. golf tournament will be Thursday June 16 at Arlington. 10 o’clock shotgun start. $25 per man $5 skins. Includes riding cart and dinner with cash prizes. Sign up in the HBPA office or call 618-345-7724.
May 26th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
Congratulations to all Fairmount horsemen. Passing A.D.W. was a must for racing at Fairmount to continue. This will play a big part in our immediate future. Other ideas are on the table as well and I will keep you updated as to their progress.