Justin Cassity R.I.P.

December 2nd, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

So sorry to hear about the passing of Justin. I had the opportunity to work with him when he was the E.D. of the I.T.H.A. Of course he was originally from downstate and spent all his life involved in racing. He once told me he would never forget that he came from State Park.

Our sympathies go to his dad Darrell, his brothers and of course his wife and son.

We will pass along arrangements as they become available.

Memorial Fund Is Now Active

November 27th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

Please make your donations to The Delong-Parker Memorial Fund and mail to 9301 Collinsville Rd. Collinsville Il. 62234

Funeral Arrangements

November 26th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

Here are the arrangements for Tammy Delong and Katelynn  Fancher.

Tammy will be at Allan & Ciuferi in Collinsville. Visitation Sunday from 4 to 6, service to follow.

Katelyn will be at the Edgemont Bible Church on 159 in Fairview Heights. Visitation Friday from 4 until 8.

Donations may be made by contacting Regions Bank in Collinsville at 618-344-2000

We Need Your Help

November 26th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

The H.B.P.A. will be setting up a fund tomorrow to pay funeral expenses for three of our horsemen who died in the car crash Saturday night.

As of tomorrow you can send money to the Regions Bank in Collinsville. The H.B.P.A. will open the fund with a donation of $4500.00 We hope you will help with a donation to cover funeral expenses for Tammy Delong, as well as Bobby and Lori Parker. We also want to make sure that Tammy’s 10 year old twin girls have a good Christmas.

Starting tomorrow afternoon please call Regions Bank in Collinsville at 618-344-2000 and ask how to contribute to the Delong-Parker Memorial Fund. The address is 1 Eastport Plaza Dr. Collinsville Il. 62234

Tragedy Hits Fairmount Family

November 25th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

The H.B.P.A. Board of Directors offers its heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims of the terrible car crash that took Bobby Joe Parker, Lori Parker, Tammy Delong, daughter Katelyn and Diana Wright.

From I.R.B.

November 20th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks



SUITE 7-701 JAMES R. THOMPSON CENTER 100 WEST RANDOLPH STREET CHICAGO, I L 60601 TEL: 312-814-2600 TDD: 312-814-5039 FAX: 312-814-5062 November 20, 2013



CHICAGO, IL – - With advance deposit wagering (ADW) set to expire on January 31, 2014, Illinois racetracks, advance deposit wagering companies, and horsemen’s groups reached an agreement on November 19, 2013, regarding an extension of the advance deposit wagering law and funding the deficit of the Illinois Racing Board.

The following are terms of the agreement:

Three-year extension of ADW;

0.2% surcharge on all wagers (on-track, intertrack, OTB and ADW) to provide supplemental funding to the IRB;

0.5% optional surcharge on all wagers (on-track, intertrack, OTB and ADW) to be shared equally between horsemen’s purses and racetracks;

Two additional OTB licenses for each racetrack located in Cook County (Arlington Park, Hawthorne Race Course, and Maywood Park);

Elimination of the 500 foot restriction for registered voters on the placement of OTB’s;

$100,000 funding of Quarter Horse purses; and

Financial accounting by the ADW companies (excluding Twin Spires) to the horsemen’s groups.

The agreement will be presented to the Illinois General Assembly for their consideration. If passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Quinn, the full racing schedule (schedule one), approved by the IRB on September 24, 2013, will be implemented.


November 20th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

After several months-weeks- and finally hours the industry has agreed on an extension of Advance Deposit Wagering. The plan is for a three year renewal of the A.D.W. law. We hope to pass the bill in the upcoming special session which will be held on December 3rd and 4th. This means that option 1 of the dates given by the I.R.B. will be in effect starting in 2014. For Fairmount Park the dates will be April 29 through September 20. Purses will be the same as last year including the field size bonus.

A.D.W. Meeting

November 16th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

Representatives of the various stakeholders will meet Tuesday in an attempt to come to an industry wide agreement on A.D.W.

As you know, the 2014 Illinois racing season hangs in the balance. The issues have been reduced to two or three items. My hope is that all parties can come to the table realizing not only the importance of this issue, but keep in mind that continuing to argue will not only jeopardize racing next year but also be cognizant that a gaming bill could be offered in a few weeks and the legislators are very aware of the infighting about A.D.W.

If we can’t agree on a temporary bill that just keeps us afloat, how will we come together on a major gaming bill? It’s up to us. We can agree on Tuesday or watch racing die in Illinois.

Joe Randazzo Passes Away

November 16th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

Sorry to report that a long time fixture at Fairmount has passed away. “Produce Joe” Randazzo died this morning. Joe was well liked by everybody. It was his routine to pull up in front of the H.B.P.A. office and give carrots, strawberries and other goodies to the horsemen.

The arrangements will be passed along when available. All details will be in the Monday issue of the Belleville News Democrat.

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 9th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

All Fairmount horsemen and backside workers are invited to the H.B.P.A. annual Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday November 20th at 5pm in the First Turn Café. Of course the event is free as usual.