New Bylaws Pass!!!

January 23rd, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

The H.B.P.A. Board of Directors met today and counted the ballots that were received from membership. There were 179 ballots received. 177 voted yes with 2 voting no. The new bylaws go into effect immediately. To read the new bylaws, click the “info” tab on the web site then click bylaws.

Congratulations to the Board for the good work they did on this project.

January 18th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks
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Above: Glen Berman will take the helm at FHBPA on February 15, 2016

Former Illinois Horsemen’s Director to Lead Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association

Media Inquiries:

Glen Berman will take the helm of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHPBA) as Executive Director on February 15, 2016, the organization announced today.

Berman, a practicing attorney and registered pharmacist, has held the position of Executive Director and General Counsel for the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) since 2009.

Reporting to the FHBPA Board of Directors in his new role, Berman will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the FHBPA’s programs, staff and mission implementation. Based at the FHBPA’s headquarters at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, he will lead the FHBPA’s efforts to advance, foster and promote horse racing throughout Florida, as well as represent the interests of the FHBPA’s 8,400 licensed Thoroughbred owner and trainer members in all matters affecting horsemen overall. Berman will work with race track management, regulators, elected officials and various racing and breeding associations—both local and national—to further strengthen and improve Florida’s successful horse racing industry.

“The vote for Glen to come on board was unanimous, and we’re confident he brings the kind of leadership and experience that will pave the way for horsemen’s continued success in Florida for many years to come,” said Board Member Adam Lazarus, who chaired the national search to replace the outgoing Kent Stirling.

“Many of the challenges facing Florida horsemen parallel those we’ve faced and met in Illinois during the past six years–a tumultuous time,” Berman said. “I’m looking forward to applying that experience and working with the dedicated FHBPA Board to fully explore all the exciting opportunities Florida holds as one of the major focal points of the world’s horse racing market.”

During his time at the ITHA, Berman oversaw dual ITHA offices at Arlington and Hawthorne. He was responsible for purse contract negotiation with both racetracks, as well as for the direction of the ITHA’s legislative efforts, including the drafting and lobbying of gaming legislation. He represented the ITHA at all Illinois Racing Board Meetings and helped create “Galloping Out,” a non-profit dedicated to finding new homes for retired Thoroughbreds.

A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent, Berman was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1982. Prior to that, he attended North Dakota State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and minored in Journalism.

Medical Update

January 16th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

Dawn Martin who was seriously injured Christmas Eve on the track is home from the hospital and continues to mend.

Bill Duncan who suffered a mild heart attack and double pneumonia has been in the hospital since Monday is doing much better and is due to be released very soon.

Ed Morgan who was involved in a head on collision is recuperating in a long term care facility.

I regret to report that our former longtime track kitchen manager and good friend, Cindy Spiker passed away this past Thursday.


January 11th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

Just a reminder that the ballots to change the Association bylaws will be counted on Saturday January 23rd. If you haven’t mailed yours in, please do so soon. Thanks

Long Time Trainer Ed Morgan Recovering From Head On Crash

January 1st, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

This is the latest update from Ed’s wife Rhonda. The H.B.P.A. wishes Ed a speedy recovery.

Ed was in a head on collision in Dec and is recovering at 
Liberty Village Nursing and Rehab in Maryville Il. Ed has a 
long road ahead of him and he and Rhonda and their family
 would like to thank all the old friends and new friends  
that have called and visited and all the prayers at this
 difficult time.
 Happy New Year Everyone. We love you all


December 31st, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Give your favorite horse a kiss at midnight.♥

Retirees Enjoying Life At Vandalia

December 30th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Just returned from taking grain and supplies to Vandalia. Happy to report that all horses are looking good and enjoying life after racing. We have a full crew of offenders taking care of them while earning credit for what they’ve learned during their six month program with the horses. It’s rewarding to look at each horse and note the progress they have made with the injuries sustained while racing.

Now that winter is upon us I will return to the twice a week schedule of taking hay to the facility, so I’ll give updates from time to time on ones we’ve adopted and new arrivals.



December 23rd, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

The ballots to change the H.B.P.A. bylaws were mailed yesterday. When you receive yours, please take the time to read the material, vote and send them back in.

Thanks and Merry Christmas to all!

New Entry/Departure Slips

December 22nd, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Entry Departure


December 22nd, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

In the early 90’s Janice and I bought a couple of horses at the Illinois sale which that year was held at Secret Acres Farm. We bought a yearling and named him Songbrook Sam and a broodmare named Mamunia. Sam turned out to be the best horse we’ve ever owned and we bred the mare to Solar City. We chose Solar City because he and Mamunia had produced a stakes filly named Sunnymoon. So when “Muny” got in foal, we were looking forward to a full sister to a really nice mare. The foal was born in 1992 and we named her Songbrook’s Jimmyp. Why? Our trainer was Jimmy Poole. We were excited to tell Jim that we had named a potential stake horse after him. Jimmy had done such a good job with Songbrook Sam as a two year old so it seemed the right thing to do. Jimmyp ran at Sportsman Park, Hawthorne and Fairmount. She never ran for a tag and had two seconds and four thirds. In the early Spring of 1996 Abner Sorrows was working her at Sportsman and after turning in a bullet work she came back lame. The x ray showed a broken sesamoid. So I brought her home to heal and live out her life. When I left for work this morning she was fine. When I went out to feed this afternoon she had died. She lived twenty three years and died at the same place where she was born.

When we lose our horses I’m sure we think back about all the things that happened during the time they were alive. One of those thing was our old friend and trainer Jimmy Poole. You see the day after I told Jim about the filly being born he was killed when his truck hit a road sign when he was on his way home.

So we all cherish the good times and somehow make it through the bad.

R.I.P Jimmy and Jimmyp