April 18th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

The license office will open next Friday the 29th.

Janine Starykowicz Passes

April 10th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

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.


March 30th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

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.

Supported by:

Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association

Arlington International Racecourse

Fairmount Park Racecourse

Hawthorne Racecourse

Dave Wyatt Passes

March 26th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

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.

Important Law Suit Announcements

March 15th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

Settlement Agreement

Notice to members

03-15-16 Orders


March 4th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

Starting Monday the track will be open for training from 8 until 12:30


March 4th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

Go to racing on our web-site and click on Condition Book

Attention Horsemen

February 25th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

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

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

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Andrew Chesser
Manager, Registration Services
The Jockey Club


February 23rd, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

The board of directors needs volunteers to serve on the nomination and election committees for the upcoming election. You must be a member, not on the board and not running for the board. If you’re interested, please contact John Wainwright or one of the board members. You can also e-mail them at

Teresa Miller Passes

February 20th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

So sorry to report that long time horseman and good friend to many passed away last night. Teresa and her husband Elmer were fixtures at Fairmount Park and then at the Chicago tracks for many years. Teresa served on the H.B.P.A. board of directors and was always very involved in all activities at the track. The horsemen send Elmer their sympathy as Teresa will surely be missed by many.