Stall applications for the 2014 Fairmount meet are available in the H.B.P.A. office and the Racing office. They are due in by March 1.
Doctor Kathy Mayberry died on February 5th and has been cremated. She was 64 years old and a close friend to many horsemen at Fairmount Park.
A memorial service will be organized by her friends at Fairmount and the date will be announced as soon as plans are final. Kathy, may you rest in peace.
On behalf of all horsemen, the H.B.P.A. sends its heartfelt sympathies to the family and close friends of Doc Mayberry. Kathy served the horsemen at Fairmount Park for many years. She would not hesitate to come to the aid of an animal in need anytime of the night or day. When we came up short of vets during the meet, Kathy filled the position of two which allowed us to run. She will be missed by many and remembered for her passion for the animals.
Our friend Jim Miller from Hawthorne will be here this coming Monday the 10th to talk with our horsemen about the upcoming Spring meet which starts on February 21st. The meeting will be in the racing office at 11:30 am.
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JAY C. HOFFMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE ·113TH DISTRICT
LABOR & COMMERCE CHAIRMAN
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January 30, 2014
Mr. Lanny Brooks Executive Director Illinois HBPA
Extending ·advance deposit wagering (ADW) in Illinois has been one of my most pressing priorities in Springfield. The livelihood o( Fairmount J>ark, responsible for hu11dreds of jobs and a fundamental component of the regional economy, depends heavily on intemetcbased ADW.
Failure to extend ADW past the.original January 31, 2014 expiration date would have been devastating. The number of annual racing days at Fairmount Park would fall from 52 to a mere 10 days a year. Our region and our workers cannot afford that loss.
That is why I worked tirelessly with representatives from the gaming and racing industries, the Illinois Gaming Board, labor leaders, and my colleagues to negotiate an extension before the January 31″ deadline. After months of negotiation, an agreement was ultimately reached in House Bill 11.
I am happy to report that on Wednesday, the Illinois House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 11 to extend ADW for an additional three years. The governor immediately signed the bill into law, ensuring the security of hundreds oflocal jobs.
Moving forward, I understand the need for predictability in the racing and gaming industry. I will continue to fight for the funding and measures needed to support Fairmount Park and thousands of local workers.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (618) 416-7407 or RepJayHoffinan@g111ail.com. . .
Sincerely, Jay Hoffman
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.