Last day of 2016 meet at Fairmount Park, 9/5/2016

September 6th, 2016 | written by

This is Fairmount Park yesterday, 9/5/2016 !!!
What other tracks can you go to that have a crowd like this ??? VERY FEW would be the answer, hopefully we can make 2017 better. Photo courtesy of Paulette Cigliana.

Attention Horsemen !!!

September 6th, 2016 | written by

Dear Horsemen,

Below you will find service information for Jayme Tewell.

A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 5 p.m. until time of services at 7 p.m. at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City.

Attention Horsemen !!!

September 1st, 2016 | written by

Sad news to report, Jayme Tewell, girlfriend/wife of Damon Schlenk and mother of Hanna has passed away.  When arrangements become available I will let all know.

Attention Horsemen !!!

August 21st, 2016 | written by
Dear Horsemen,
 
Last night we met with Fairmount management. We would like to report to all that we have a tentative agreement in place. As of today, the horsemen will be allowed to stay on the grounds and train throughout the winter and up to the start of the 2017 meet. In addition we have agreed to a 41 day meet for 2017 with the possibility of adding races to some of the days if we can fill them. It looks like our racing schedule will start the first Tuesday prior to the Derby in 2017, just as it did this year and continue about 2 weeks longer, into late September. It is our plan to run 2 days per week throughout 2017, no 3 day weeks.
 
We would like to stress that this is a tentative deal, more details must be worked out and everything has to be finalized, but at this point both sides have agreed verbally and we see no issues at the moment. Also we still must go the the racing board to be approved for the dates and days that we will be requesting, our revenue stream needs to stay solid with reference to simulcasting and ADW, everything must work as it has been to make this happen. Clearly there are still things that need to be done and things that could go wrong, but at this moment we are hopeful and all is looking good.
 
Lastly all should know that Fairmount did work with us as we had asked, our total training costs will be approximately 400k from the end of this meet until opening day of 2017, this is a tremendous help to the horsemen and we much appreciate it !!!
 
Eddie Essenpreis
Pete Scalcione

Attention Horsemen !!!

August 18th, 2016 | written by

Most recent letter from HBPA to Fairmount.

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Attention Horsemen !!!

August 8th, 2016 | written by

UPDATE !!!

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 !!!

Attention Horsemen !!!

August 6th, 2016 | written by

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.

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Eddie Weimer

August 6th, 2016 | written by

Dear Horsemen,

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.

Attention Horsemen !!!

July 29th, 2016 | written by

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.

HBPA/Fairmount

July 25th, 2016 | written by

Dear Horsemen,

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

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Sincerely,

Eddie Essenpreis, President ILHBPA

Pete Scalcione, Secretary Treasurer