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


December 19th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

The service and visitation for Everett Hammond are as follows: Sunday December 20 from 2 until 5 at the Grace Nazarene Church in Salem Illinois, 1900 N. Broadway Salem Il. 62881 Phone 618-548-0881

From: Steve and Kathi Hammond <>
Phone Number: 618-918-0485
Subject: Everett Hammond

Message Body:
There will be a Celebration of Life for Everett Hammond on January 2, 2016 from 1:00 – 6:00 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Salem, Illinois in the Exhibition Bldg. It is a bibs/ jeans kind of day, so come as you are and share an Everett memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Corrie’s Team for Everett’s granddaughter and her fight against MS. Looking forward to seeing as many as can come.

This is what we have to watch out for.

December 19th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Gambling Deal Could Mean End Of Dog, Horse Racing In Florida


Once posh destinations drawing A-list socialites, celebrities and gangsters, Florida’s dog and horse tracks are now at the center of a dispute over whether they should be allowed to do away with live racing altogether.

The issue, known as “decoupling,” is one of several key items lawmakers and industry leaders are trying to work out as they cobble together gambling legislation for the session that begins next month.

Eliminating dog and horse racing at the state’s pari-mutuels would be allowed in a $3 billion, seven-year agreement, called a “compact,” signed by Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida last week.

But the Legislature needs to sign off on the deal, almost certain to be modified in order to get the votes required for passage in the House and the Senate.

Decoupling remains a thorny issue for lawmakers and the industry. Under current law, live racing or jai alai games are required for tracks to have more lucrative operations like poker rooms or, in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, slot machines. The number of racing days varies widely.

Doing away with money-losing greyhound racing has drawn repeated legislative debates in recent years, as dog tracks are widely viewed as a dying industry, kept afloat by tax breaks and poker rooms or slots that put the facilities in the black.

But across-the-board decoupling of dogs and horses, as permitted under the compact, is more complicated, according to House Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jose Felix Diaz, the chamber’s chief negotiator on the gambling deal with the Seminoles and the lead on gambling legislation.

“There’s some (legislators) that would be OK with decoupling all horses. There’s some that would be OK with decoupling most horses but not thoroughbreds. It does get a little stickier when it comes to horses,” Diaz (R-Miami), said.

Only three tracks, Gulfstream Park, Calder Race Course and Tampa Bay Downs, now run thoroughbreds.

Last year, The Stronach Group, the company that runs Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, took over racing operations at Calder, owned by Churchill Downs, in nearby Miami Gardens. Calder leases its racetrack to The Stronach Group, which operates racing under Calder’s permits.

But now, Calder wants to get out of the horse-racing business altogether while keeping its slot machines and hoping to re-establish its card room.

Calder would continue to steer money from its slot machine earnings toward purses for horse races, pursuant to its contracts with the horsemen and breeders, according to Calder lobbyist Wilbur Brewton.

Attendance for the horse races is down dramatically at the Miami Gardens track, Brewton said.

“It’s just wrong to continue to require racing at facilities so they can lose a substantial sum of money doing it. It’s like you have two franchises for McDonald’s and one is losing money and the other isn’t, but they say you have to keep both of them open,” he said.

But the horse industry is dead set against the idea of letting tracks drop the races.

“This is just a money grab by the casinos. That’s all it is,” said Joe Pennacchio, executive director and president of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. “Maybe if they traded horses for blackjack tables, they may make more money. But that’s not how they got their permit. They got their permit because they agreed to race horses. My point is if you don’t want to race horses, that’s fine. Just give the permit back.”

In Central Florida, the horse breeding and training industry provides thousands of jobs and injects billions of dollars into the state’s economy, Pennacchio said.

“There are some legislators who are emotionally invested in getting rid of the dog racing. I understand that. But to even think for a second that you would lump horses in with that is preposterous,” he said.

The economic and political heft of the horse industry is likely to doom across-the-board decoupling.

But Diaz said that any legislation would “take care” of Calder, if horse decoupling is not included in the bill.

“I look at it as a matter of equity. It’s difficult to decouple everybody except for one and not listen to the one that is being excluded. So if everybody gets decoupled except for thoroughbreds, then there needs to be some considerations for those tracks that are not being decoupled but would like to be,” he said. “I think it would be unjust to start picking winners and losers. So if that’s what ultimately happens because that’s where the votes are, then those losers would need to have something done that would alleviate some of their concerns if we want to pass an equitable deal.”

Christmas with Santa… HUGE SUCCESS

December 18th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

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December 16th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Very sorry to report that long time leading trainer Everett Hammond passed away last night at the age of 79. Mr. Hammond was the dominant trainer at Cahokia Downs and Fairmount Park in the 60’s and 70’s and was the leading trainer in the nation in 1967. He of course was the brother of Jerry Hammond and the Father of Kim Hammond. Both have also been dominant in the sport for many years. Everett was also the father of Steve, Mike, and Patti. It’s sad when a local legend passes away and we wish his entire family the very best during this trying time. There will be a memorial service in his home town of Salem Illinois. I’ll pass along details as they become available.


December 14th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

As promised, hundreds of horse food supplements were delivered to the horsemen on the backside today free of charge. The H.B.P.A. would like to thank John Wainwright, Jerry Hammond and Kevin Wilborn for volunteering their time and trucks to make today possible. This was the largest delivery we’ve made since we started doing this several years ago. We will be getting a different variety of items after the first of the year.


December 12th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

We will have a large number of supplies for the horsemen in front of the H.B.P.A. office this coming Monday the 14th at about noon.

Bylaw update!

December 10th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

I have received the clean copy of the proposed new bylaws and have distributed a copy to all Board members for review before sending them out. I’ve also ordered the various envelopes which I should have by next week and am currently making copies of the bylaws, an explanation of the changes, and the ballot. When all of this is completed, members of the Board will then prepare the material for mailing.