Fairmount has responded to our most recent letter dated 8/5/2016. They have indicated that they need a few more days as they are working on a proposal for the horsemen concerning winter training, we should know by Friday of this week whether we must vacate or not. We will keep everyone updated !!!
Attached please find most recent letter to management in an attempt to finalize all questions and concerns relating to vacating the grounds when the meet ends.
Just received news that longtime owner/trainer Eddie Weimer passed away yesterday evening, will advise when I get arrangements. Condolences to all of Eddie’s family and friends.
Quick Update !!!
There are still rumors floating around that a deal was made between the horsemen and Fairmount concerning stall rents, next year and staying on the grounds for the winter. This is “NOT TRUE”, there have been no deals and we have not heard anything from management/ownership as of this date. We sent a letter to them last week, July 23rd, they did respond and informed us that our letter was received and they would respond to it sometime early next week, we are waiting to hear from them. That is where things currently stand, and I will update when and if things change.
As per our promise to the horsemen when we started this process, below you will find a link to our initial letter to Fairmount regarding this winter as well as what we would like to accomplish for 2017. As things progress we will keep everyone updated. Please click the link below
Eddie Essenpreis, President ILHBPA
Pete Scalcione, Secretary Treasurer
Jim Miller from Hawthorne was here Saturday Night, he brought stall applications for anyone wanting to run there following this meet. I have the applications in the HBPA office if you need one. In addition, this year Hawthorne will give dorm rooms to trainers who are stalled there, that is a tremendous help. A big thanks to our friends up north !!!
Over the past few weeks there have been many rumors circulating on the backside, we would like to address them and keep everyone up to date.
First, it is very important for everyone to know that neither track ownership or management has come to us and made any offers or proposals concerning this winter or next year whatsoever, there have been no numbers given to us with respect to anything.
There has only been one meeting to date between the ILHBPA and track management, that meeting was this past Thursday, July 14th. During this meeting there were no proposals or offers made from or by either party, the meeting was conversational only. We made it very clear to management that we could not afford to pay last years stall rents of $ 1.485 million dollars and still have the funds available to run a meet in 2017. In addition we also made it very clear that we could not afford to pay these types of stall rents this winter or in the future. When the meeting concluded we were told that management would confer with ownership and get back to us, to date we have not heard back on any topic. As soon as we do, we will let everyone know what we know.
Also, I have heard from a few that there is talk about the possibility of bringing in video poker and historical racing machines instead of waiting on a gaming bill. At this time I will tell all that this topic is being discussed and this is a possibility. There is a slight chance of this happening, but in order to make it so there are many people who would need to be on board, this includes all Illinois tracks as well as all horsemen groups. Currently it is conversation, once and if it becomes a real possibility I will let everyone know the details.
As more information becomes available and more develops, we will post here for everyone.
Pete Scalcione, Secretary Treasurer ILHBPA
ILHBPA SOCIAL EVENT – Horsemen’s Unity Party. Please join us!!! Sunday, July 31st, 4:00-10:00, dinner at 6:00. Collinsville Knights of Columbus, Route 157. Food, beer and music provided with cash bar for mixed drinks. All HBPA members and licensees welcome with one invited guest each (including trainers, owners, grooms, exercise riders and jockeys).