It’s Official!!!

January 31st, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks

The Illinois Racing Board officially voted unanimously to license the A.D.W. companies for 2014. This means so much to the horsemen at Fairmount Park. In addition to assuring we run a full schedule this year, we can now start thinking about 2015 and 2016 since we won’t have to go through the waiting game due to a sunset of the A.D.W. law.

Now we will concentrate our efforts on passing a gaming bill that includes slots at tracks. By the way, let me vow to all Fairmount horsemen that there will be no gaming bill passed that leaves us out! 

I spoke to Jim Miller today while in Chicago and he will be coming down in a couple of weeks to talk with all horsemen that plan to participate in the Hawthorne Spring meeting.

Big Day For Illinois Horse Racing!

January 30th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks

First, thanks to the overwhelming support by Fairmount horsemen, union workers and employees shown at the town hall meeting on Tuesday. Although this wasn’t an official committee hearing, it showed the legislators that the horsemen and workers at Fairmount are here to stay. I spoke with them today and they were all impressed with the turnout.

Great news for all who have horses and work in any capacity at Fairmount and all Illinois horsemen and tracks. We were successful in passing the Advance Deposit Wagering bill today getting 47 yes votes in the Senate (30 needed) and 95 in the House (60 needed). The Governor has already signed the bill into law. Amazing when you think about it. The Senate convened at 11 am this morning, passed the bill and sent it to the House. Following the Governor’s State Of The State speech Speaker Madigan called the bill and it was passed at about 12:52 pm and sent to the Governor. He signed it this afternoon and it became law for the next three years. Now that’s what I call excellent time management. All racing dates will now proceed under scenario one. Congratulations to us all.

Very Important!!!!!

January 25th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks

There will be a House hearing on the major gaming bill (slots at tracks) next Tuesday January 28th at 6 pm at the Casino Queen. We need all owners, trainers and others who care about the future of Fairmount Park to be there. There will be a large presence of supporters of the Queen, we need to show the same amount of support for our jobs. People often ask what they can do to help. This is your chance to make a difference.

Gaming Bill Still Alive?

January 24th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks
    • Hearing scheduled on expanded Illinois gaming

  • SPRINGFIELD — The lawmaker seeking approval for expanded gambling in Illinois will conduct several hearings to get public input.

    Rep. Bob Rita is a Blue Island Democrat. He said Thursday that the first hearing will be Jan. 28 at the Casino Queen riverboat casino in East St. Louis.

    Rita took over the expansion plan last spring after Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed past attempts for lacking ethical and legal safeguards.

    The idea would add five casinos — including one in Chicago — and slot machines at the city’s airports and the state’s horse racing tracks.

    Rita says he believes expanded gambling would benefit the state and the communities hosting it. But he says he wants a bill that is “transparent and that deals fairly with taxpayers.”

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Attention Fairmount Horsemen

January 21st, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks

Due to weather conditions the racetrack will be closed for training through Friday the 24th. It will reopen Saturday the 25th and  we will train on Sunday and then resume the normal schedule.

Track to Re-Open Friday

January 8th, 2014 | written by Lanny Brooks

The remaining snow and water will be removed tomorrow and barring any further bad weather, regular training hours will resume on Friday.

Heading into the New Year….

December 23rd, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

Here we go again. 2014 will be a repeat of our efforts in the past. First we will nail down A.D.W. as soon as possible and then see if there is an appetite for a gaming bill in an election year. On the positive side, we know we can pass one because we’ve done it twice before and as of January 1 it only requires a simple majority to pass a bill. In addition, it has been reported that the Governor and the Mayor have reached an agreement on the oversight of a downtown casino. The City is facing massive debt and the Mayor wants a casino as soon as possible. The pension bill has been passed and signed into law. This was the sticking point for Governor Quinn. In addition, the state is facing massive debt as well.

On the negative side it is an election year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Shari Froncheck R.I.P.

December 20th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks
In Memory of

Sharon “Shari” Kay Froncheck

January 6, 1945 – December 18, 2013
Sharon K. “Shari” Froncheck, nee Bickel, 68, of Collinsville, Illinois, born January 6, 1945, in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at home after her battle with ovarian cancer.
Shari started her working career as a waitress at the Pancake House and the Robert E. Lee River Boat in St. Louis, before working at Ralston Purina Company, Coupon Redemption Center, in Mascoutah, Ill. In 1992, Shari became a business owner, operating the Hilltop Restaurant in Collinsville, which she eventually closed in 1998. In 1996, she opened a bar called Shari’s Place also in Collinsville. In 2010, she owned and operated the Winner’s Post, a restaurant at Fairmont Race Track, serving the employees and jockeys. Shari was a parishioner at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Patricia, nee Maiale, Bickel.
Surviving are her children, Michael P. Froncheck, of Collinsville, Illinois and Kathleen M. Wallen, of Belleville, Illinois; a grandson, Curtis Froncheck; her former husband, Kenneth W. Froncheck; the love of her life, John Brandenburg; and three sisters, Ginger (Larry) Trucano, Patricia (David) Wolff, and Linda (Steve) Serbeniuk-Childers.
Memorials are appreciated to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Wounded Warriors Project. Condolences may also be expressed online
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at Noon, Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the funeral home with Father John Beveridge officiating. Inurnment will follow in Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Collinsville, Illinois.


Christmas Dinner Thursday December 19

December 7th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

It’s time for the H.B.P.A. annual Christmas Dinner with Santa. Please come in and sign your kids up to receive a gift just for them. The dinner will be at 5 pm followed by Pictures with Santa and presents for all kids 12 and under. It will be located in the First Turn Cafe.

Visitation for Justin Cassity

December 4th, 2013 | written by Lanny Brooks

Visitation for Justin will be Friday December 6 between 4 and 8 pm at Herr Funeral Home in Collinsville.  The address is 501 West Main St. 62234