December 17th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
A couple of reminders: The annual backside Christmas party starts at 3pm on Thursday in the First Turn Café. We have 180 people signed up to see Santa and get their special gift for the kids as well as a wonderful dinner for everyone. See you there. Merry Christmas!
Also remember Saturday will be the last day of training. The track will be closed for two weeks and will re-open Monday January 5th
December 11th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
We have reached an agreement with management that will allow us to have the use of the racetrack this winter. We will stop on track training on December 21st and be down for two weeks. We will then resume training on Monday January 5th. There are several details that you should be aware of. Please stop by the office for a complete schedule of days and dates going forward. I think you’ll find this to be a huge benefit to our owners and trainers as well as backside workers.
December 3rd, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
The House will adjourn at the end of business today and won’t come back until the new legislators take their seats. This means that any hope of legislation being passed during a lame duck session is off the table. So, our quest for any gaming bill that would help the industry will begin after January 14 with a new Governor in office. Rest assured that all representatives of the industry are more that ready to accept the challenge of getting a bill passed in the up coming session that will save and assure the future of horse racing in Illinois.
November 28th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
Attention horsemen on the backside. Free clothing will be given out first thing Monday morning in the Horsemen’s lounge. Please pass this info. to the break stretch workers.
The sign up sheet for Christmas gifts for the kids is in the H.B.P.A. office. Christmas dinner with Santa will be Thursday December 18th in the First Turn Café.
November 15th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
CHICAGO, IL – After 31 years in public service, Illinois Racing Board Executive Director Marc Laino has announced he will retire at the end of the year. Marc has been with the IRB for 28 years, serving as Executive Director for 12 years.
IRB Chairman William Berry praised his work with the Board. “Upon my appointment as Chairman of the Illinois Racing Board, I was immediately impressed by the professionalism and leadership exhibited by Marc Laino as Executive Director,” Berry said. “During my tenure as Chairman, not only has my appreciation for those qualities expanded, but I have become aware of the high esteem with which Marc Laino was held not only by those participating in Illinois horse racing, but those participating in horse racing throughout the country. As Chairman of the Illinois Racing Board, I congratulate Marc Laino on his 31 years of service.”
“It has been an honor and privilege to work for the Illinois Racing Board, representing the citizens of Illinois and serving the interests of the Illinois racing industry,” Laino said. “I have been fortunate to have worked alongside amazingly talented people on the Board, on staff, and throughout the racing industry.”
Marc said after retiring from the state in January, he plans to pursue other interests and opportunities as well as spend more time with family and friends.
November 4th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
Winter Training and Stabling Schedule
In an effort to minimize training expense, Management and the H.B.P.A. Board of Directors have agreed to the following downtime schedule for this winter. In addition, the H.B.P.A. office will be open on a limited schedule in an effort to reduce costs. A schedule will be posted.
The racetrack will be closed for training from December 19th until February 1st.
During this time horses will be allowed to remain on the grounds and the dorms will remain occupied.
Training will resume on Monday February 2nd. Racing will start earlier next year (March 24).2015 calendars are available in the H.B.P.A. office.
November 3rd, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
The annual H.B.P.A. Thanksgiving dinner will be held Wednesday, November 19th at 3 pm in the First Turn Café. That’s two weeks from this coming Wednesday. All horsemen are welcome.
October 27th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
Flu shots will be given this coming Wednesday the 29th. in the medical trailer from 8:30 until 3 pm.