The track WILL be open for training tomorrow at the normal time.
As you know, Tuesday’s card was cancelled due to a labor situation. We will enter tomorrow for Saturday. The races coming back are as follows: 1,3,5,6,7,8
As far as training tomorrow, I will post an update later this afternoon.
Despite a cold rainy day we still had a big crowd and a a total of $700,000.oo wagered.
Here’s hoping for a safe and successful season and the passage of a gaming bill.
Thanks to all who are concerned for the future of Fairmount Park. Today H.B. 335 passed in the House Executive Committee 7 to 3. It is now on the House floor on the order of second reading. The Bill lifts the sunset date and makes the A.D.W. law permanent. With your help there were 51 witness slips filed for the bill and only 9 against.
Look for a new major gaming bill that will be coming out today. The language will be identical to the previous bill that was introduced last year, so we have a lot of work to do.
Once again, thanks to Wendy Valenti, Mead Dowling from S.E.I.U. Local 1, Labor Local 44, AFSCME Council 31,Fairness for Fairmount and everyone else who supported the bill.
We’re going to need you all going forward.
The stall list is now available in the HBPA office.
The track will be open tomorrow for training. Inn addition, we will train this coming Sunday as well.
All entries, either same owner or different owner, shall be uncoupled wagering interests in any race. Same owner entries will have least preference in overfilled races. The date system will take preference in determining first and second parts of entries.
In my opinion this is long overdue. This will increase field size and which will increase handle and get us to the field size bonus more often.
This rule will be in effect on February 20th.
Starting next Monday Feb. 2nd the track will be open six days a week with the starting gate open as well. Hours will continue to be determined by weather conditions.
.Here are two results from the IRB January meeting in Chicago yesterday that I thought I’d highlight. Recapture speaks for itself, but the first item in my view is long overdue. It will allow same owner entries to be treated as separate betting interest. With a shortage of horses this will help increase field size, handle and increase the chance at Fairmount of running for the field size bonus.
The Board approved Arlington Park’s request to initiate rulemaking to amend Board rule
1413.114 (Coupled as Entry). The amendment shall uncouple same owner entries in any
The Board approved by a vote of 7 to 0, the certification of the following purse recapture
amounts and payment schedules:
Arlington Park – $4,242,698 payable on a prorated daily basis;
Hawthorne Race Course – $2,598,999 payable on a prorated daily basis;
Fairmount Park Thoroughbred – $1,774,120 payable on a prorated daily basis;
Fairmount Park Colt Fund – $48,414 payable on a prorated daily basis;
Balmoral Park – $2,085,075 payable November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015; and
Maywood Park – $2,858,804 payable November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015
Just a reminder that stall applications are due in by tomorrow Tuesday the 27th.