Attention Horsemen !!!

December 14th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Dear Horsemen,

Please remember that Christmas dinner and signing your children up with Santa is for backside and licensed employee’s and ONLY their children, not nieces’s, nephew’s, grand children or friends etc.  You will be asked to show your license upon entry.


December 4th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Christmas dinner will be served at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 22nd in the First Turn Cafe.  Parents please sign your kids up for Santa.  The sign up sheet is in the H.B.P.A. office.

Attention Horsemen !!!

November 29th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Wanted to let everyone know that Irving B. West, better known as Duke, the Reverend or the bugman has passed away. The Duke was a fixture at the track for many years and a good man, he will be missed.

Attention Horsemen !!!

November 15th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Beginning Monday, November 21st, new training hours will be 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

Thanksgiving Dinner !!!!

November 13th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Dear Horsemen,

We will be having Thanksgiving Dinner for all horsemen and their family’s on Wednesday November 23rd in the First Turn Cafe, starting at 5:00 P.M, we want to see everyone there !!!

Attention Horsemen !!!

November 4th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

In the event you are needing Workman’s Comp. Insurance there is a company that will write you a policy which will go into effect immediately.  We have the applications here in the ILHBPA office at Fairmount, the cost is $ 275.00.  We cannot provide any other details about coverage etc., but we do know that the policy is honored by Illinois and you can race if you have it.

Attention Horsemen !!!

November 2nd, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Dear Horsemen,

In the event you are needing Workman’s Comp. Insurance, the following company will and does write these polices. We do not know any details or can we offer any other information as to how the insurance works, you will need to contact them direct for your personal needs.

Zeiler Ins. Agency, Phone # 708-597-5900, ask for Dan or Mary

Attention IHBPA Members and Horsemen

October 15th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Dear Members,

At this time we wish to inform everyone that the ILHBPA will no longer support or affiliate itself with the R.A.C.E. program which is operated at the Vandalia Correctional Facility, be advised that no further funding from our purse account to care for any horses shall be given to R.A.C.E.  We are currently working to put a new program or option in place should the need arise to care for a injured or retired horse from our track.  Once this is done we will let everyone know.


Eddie Essenpreis, President, ILHBPA


Attention Horsemen !!!

September 28th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

Today the IRB awarded our racing dates for 2017, a total of 41 days, beginning May 2nd, 2017 and ending September 23rd, 2017.  We will be racing 2 days per week from start to finish, Tuesday’s and Saturday’s, no 3 day weeks.  See attachment  —–>  2017 Dates Awarded

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

September 6th, 2016 | written by Pete Scalcione

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.