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 ilhbpa@aol.com.

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.


February 18th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

On Tuesday February 16, a settlement agreement was reached between the Plaintiffs and Defendants in the law suit between the H.B.P.A. Board of Directors, President John Wainwright and Executive Director Lanny Brooks and 22 named Plaintiffs.

Paperwork is being prepared by both attorneys which when signed by all parties will complete the agreement.

The main provision in the agreed settlement is that an early election be held. Both parties agreed to this.

Regular updates will be posted as they become available.


February 9th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

A chance to start making money is right around the corner. The Spring Hawthorne Meet starts next month. We will have condition books in the office on Thursday.

And Hawthorne will have $150.00 in cash waiting for you for each horse you ship up when you head for the paddock.

So continue getting  your horses fit and be ready to go get the money next month at Hawthorne.

Attention Fairmount Horsemen

February 6th, 2016 | written by Lanny Brooks

Here is book one for Hawthorne’s spring meet.

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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