We’re sorry to report that long time Fairmount horsemen Roscoe Johnson (Father of our paddock judge and clocker Mark “MJ”) passed away April 17th. Our condolences go out to his family. Arrangements are pending.
Papers must be in office by Tuesday April 22 to get the OE date.
Gov. Quinn addresses the media at a Monday news conference announcing $100 million for Illinois roads.
Quinn open on gaming expansion: ‘Could come up this year’
Gov. Pat Quinn is open to a gaming expansion proposal as long as ethical restrictions were put in place, he said on Monday, adding that work on the issue was headed in the right direction.
“I’ve said this before there are fundamental principles that apply to a casinoin Chicago or elsewhere. You’ve got to have strong ethical standards and they have to be enforced and I think it has to be done by the independent Illinois Gaming Board. I think we should also prohibit casino owners from giving campaign contributions to politicians. I think we’re moving the right direction on that. I also think any of the resources that come from a casino have to go toward important purposes that really matter, they should be fundamental priorities,” Quinn said Monday. “I think that issue could come up this year. I’m always willing to sit down with the City of Chicago or any other people on this issue. But it has to follow these fundamental principles.”
Starting Monday March 31 the track will be open for training from 7 am until 11:30 am. Break time will be at 9 am.
The first condition book is on line at www.ilhbpa.com. Just click on Racing and note the purse increases.
We are pleased to welcome Doctor Tegan Easton and Doctor Amy Adams to Fairmount Park. They will fill the position of track Vet. when the 2014 meeting begins. Doctor Easton comes from California with excellent credentials and we are excited to have her with us. Doctor Adams has a current practice and will bring much knowledge and experience to the job. We are thrilled to have them both and look forward to them getting to know all of you.
I’m happy to announce that the H.B.P.A. Board of Directors has reached an agreement with Fairmount on a very beneficial purse schedule. The two new items are as follows: The bottom purse of $5,000 will be increased to $6,000 when a minimum of eight horses participate in the race. Also, the Illinois Maiden Special Weight purse will be $12,000. Also the book will feature an other than Allowance/NW2 life with a purse of $13,000. Note: the Illinois races do not depend on field size and there is no claiming price attached to the other than race. This will reward owners and trainers of Illinois conceived and or foaled horses and hopefully encourage horsemen to breed horses in Illinois .
The Honorable Bob Rita
March 20, 2014
281-S Stratton Office Building Springfield, IL 62706
Dear Representative Rita,
As you know, for several years the Illinois Horse Racing Industry has advocated for passage of legislation to authorize electronic gaming at racetracks, which would put our state on par with neighboring horse racing states and help ensure the long-term survival of our industry and its many jobs. That carefully negotiated, agreed legislation reflects a balancing of interests among all segments of the industry. HB744, SB1849, and most recently SB1739 have provided for gaming at racetracks (1200 positions for Cook County tracks and 900 for downstate tracks) that would enable tracks to make an investment of capital to generate gaming revenue to support the horse racing industry through enhanced purses. Almost 3,000 new gaming jobs will be created at these racetracks, plus approximately 1,000 temporary construction jobs to build facilities to conduct electronic gaming. The racetracks are projected to generate almost $100 million annually in taxes, plus over $400 million in licensing fees to the state. Most importantly, many thousands of agri-business jobs (and their associated taxes and economic activity) will be preserved.
The fact sheet accompanying your recent press release indicated you planned to introduce two separate amendments to SB1739. The first would not include any measures to assist horse racing and would provide for a Chicago casino only. The Horse Racing Industry would oppose that amendment, as it would only exacerbate the disadvantage horse racing currently has in the Illinois gaming market. The second amendment cuts in half the amount of gaming positions allocated for racetracks and eliminates positions at Fairmount Park. The Horse Racing Industry also opposes this amendment. In addition to effectively eliminating the Horse Racing Industry in Southern Illinois, the decrease in gaming positions will not enable Illinois racing to be competitive with racing in other states that allow gaming at their tracks. We implore you to restore the gaming positions at racetracks to the numbers that were proposed in the earlier bills, to maximize state revenues and job creation.
We respectfully ask that you reconsider this matter and retain the negotiated, industry-agreed language dealing with electronic gaming at tracks.
With greatest respect,
Lanny Brooks Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association
Tim Carey Hawthorne Racecourse
William “Duke” Johnston
I’ve just been notified by the Executive Director of the R.I.C.F. that a new doctor will be in place in the next couple of weeks. I’ll post details as they become available as to the exact date, hours etc.
Louisiana Bills to Reduce Dates, Slots Money
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 3/11/2014 11:19:31 AM
Last Updated: 3/12/2014 3:09:47 PM
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has issued a call for its members to contact their legislators and voice opposition to several bills filed during the session that began March 10.
According to a post on the organization’s website, the most extensive changes to current laws are contained in House Bill 550, introduced by Rep. Henry Burns, that lowers the number of race days at Louisiana Downs from the required minimum of 80 days to a minimum of 30.
HB 550 also proposes reductions in net slot machine awards to purses from the current 15% to 8% and from 3% to 1% for breeders’ awards. Burns’ bill also calls for the elimination of Quarter Horse racing and breeders’ awards proceeds at Louisiana Downs.
House Bill 493, introduced by Rep. Joe Harrison, calls for proceeds of slot machines, video poker, and other types of gaming to be redirected to the Bet on Louisiana’s Future Fund, thus eliminating any proceeds going to purses at the track or breeders’ awards.
According to the LTBA, House Bill 714, also introduced by Harrison, is much like HB 493 but shows where the monies are to be divided and calls for the elimination of the video poker purse fund, purse supplements, and payments to the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
“We believe that these proposed bills need our immediate attention and must be defeated. It is estimated that the fiscal impact the Louisiana horse industry has on the state’s economy is over $2 billion dollars,” the LTBA said. “Taking monies away and changing programs only dilutes the program. Louisiana is ranked near the top of the breeding industry. Please contact your representative and senator and ask them to not jeopardize the success the Thoroughbred industry is currently having and to keep the current legislation in place.”