H.B. 335 the ADW extension passed out of the House Executive Committee this morning. It now goes to the House floor for passage and then on to the Senate.
H.B.335 extends ADW until December 31, 2018. The Bill is in House Executive Committee tomorrow morning.
The license office will open next Friday the 29th.
I was shocked and saddened when I heard about Janine. She was a very fair and pleasant person to be around. I’ll miss our conversations at the I.R.B. meetings. Although her blog was called Chicago Barn to Wire, she always shared our downstate news as it became available. Janine was passionate about the after care programs for retired racehorses. Illinois horsemen have lost a true friend and advocate. Rest in piece Janine.
Support – HA #2 HB 335 (Hoffman)
HA #2 amends the bill to extend to sunset date of Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) to the end of 2018 (23 months from current sunset of 2/1/17).
Advanced Deposit Wagering is pari-mutuel wagering on horse races through the internet or telephone. This type of wagering was initially authorized in Illinois in 2009 and has had 3 sunset date extensions. The law currently sunsets on February 1, 2017. In 2013, ADW was not reauthorized for 6 months resulting in loss of state tax dollars and losses to horsemen purses and track commissions. Since 2009, ADW has grown to represent over 24% of all in-state wagering. Over $18 million has been generated for horsemen purses since 2009. ADW generated taxes also represent 37% of the Racing Board’s budget.
HA #2 to HB 335 would extend the current sunset of the law and would enable stabilization of this business that supports Illinois horse racing and agri-business. Riverboat casino wagering, video gaming at bars and restaurants, and wagering on horse races at Illinois tracks and OTBs have no sunsets. The sunset on ADW should at a minimum be extended to prevent loss of purse monies, state taxes and track commissions.
Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association
Arlington International Racecourse
Fairmount Park Racecourse
So sorry to report that long time horsemen Dave Wyatt has passed away. Dave was like by all who knew him. Please watch the Belleville News Democrat for Funeral arrangements.
Starting Monday the track will be open for training from 8 until 12:30
Go to racing on our web-site and click on Condition Book
Dear Thoroughbred Breeder/Owner,
Microchips are being introduced as part of the registration process for Thoroughbreds. Microchipping is voluntary and free for foals of 2016 and later. An implanted microchip will be required for the registration of foals in 2017.
For foals of 2016, microchips may be requested on the Live Foal Report and will be mailed with the Registration Application and DNA kit. The microchips that will be distributed are the “Slim Microchip T-SL” model manufactured by DATAMARS.
Microchips should be implanted by an equine veterinarian or under the supervision of a veterinarian before or at the same time the DNA hair sample is collected, markings are recorded, and photos are taken. The horse identifier should scan the microchip and record the number along with the markings when identifying the horse.
For more detailed information and frequently asked questions on microchipping, please see Microchips FAQ’s.
If you wish to purchase microchips for foals born in 2015 or earlier, you may do so at registry.jockeyclub.com
We hope you take advantage of the opportunity to microchip your foals of 2016, becoming familiar with the process before it is a registration requirement beginning with the foal crop of 2017. We welcome any questions and feedback at email@example.com.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Manager, Registration Services
The Jockey Club