Jim Hickam

August 20th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Very sorry to report that long time horsemen Jim Hickam passed away. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 until 8 pm at Herr Funeral Home. Services will be Monday at 10am at the Funeral Home.



August 18th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

We will have 24 pallets of free supplies for the horsemen next Monday the 24th. We will leave to pick them up right after training and should be in front of the HBPA office a little after 11.

Audit and Training

August 7th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Attention Horsemen,
Last month current audits were requested by the Illinois Racing Board from the ITHA, HBPA, and IHHA. Our current audit was sent to the I.R.B. A copy of that comprehensive audit is and has been available for viewing in the H.B.P.A. office “by any board member or any association member for any proper purpose”.

WINTER TRAINING: We will remain open for training from the end of this meet and through the beginning of the 2016 meet.
Purses for 2016 will remain the same as this year.
Dates for next year will be determined at the September Dates Hearing


August 2nd, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Your H.B.P.A. was happy to send 106 adults and kids from the backside to Splash City today. We’ve been thrilled for many years to treat the horsemen with annual trips to Cardinal games, Grant’s Farm, the Zoo, Six Flags and Splash City. Can’t wait to see what we can come up with next year! For those of you who went today, please share your pictures on our Facebook page.

Jim Miller to have meeting

July 29th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

Attention Horsemen! Jim Miller will be at Fairmount on Monday morning at break time to talk about the upcoming Hawthorne meet. All who are interested in the Hawthorne meet are encouraged to attend.


July 29th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

The front gate is now closed and will reopen sometime tomorrow, in order to resurface the parking lot.

July 28th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks


Just want to take a minute to thank everyone for the e-mails, phone calls and those who stopped by the office today with words of support for what we have done and are trying to accomplish. Many thanks and rest assured we will see this through, and horsemen at Fairmount will have a place to make a living for years to come.


July 27th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks
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TEL: 312-814-2600 TDD: 866-323-0273 FAX: 312-814-5062
July 24, 2015
TO: All Illinois Licensed Trainers & Veterinarians FROM: Domenic DiCera, Executive Director
The newly approved medication rules will become effective August 1, 2015 and include the regulation of 16 additional therapeutic medications with threshold levels. Included are Acepromazine, Albuterol, Butorphanol, Clenbuterol, Dantrolene, Detomidine, Diclofenac, DMSO, Firocoxib, Glycopyrrolate, Lidocaine, Mepivacaine, Methocarbamol, Omeprazole, Procaine Penicillin, and Xylazine. The threshold levels and withdrawal guidelines were recommended by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

The IRB recognizes that the use of corticosteroids in racehorses is controversial. However, when used responsibly, the medications can be beneficial. Accordingly, the IRB will implement a grace period to allow veterinarians time to adjust their veterinary practices and to allow trainers time to adjust their training practices. The thresholds levels for the following corticosteroids will become effective October 4, 2015.

Corticosteroid Recommended Withdrawal Guideline Betamethasone 7 days Dexamethasone 72 hours Isoflupredone 7 days Prednisolone 48 hours Triamcinolone Acetonide 7 days
Important Note: Methylprednisolone will remain a prohibited substance with no threshold level.
If a laboratory finding in your horse following a race indicates the presence of any of the
therapeutic medications at a concentration that exceeds the threshold, you will be in violation of the IRB medication rules. 

The Board’s laboratory is phasing out ELISA screening and begun instrumental screening. Instrumental screening (GC-MS or LC-MS instrumentation) offers increased sensitivity by lowering limits of detection, as compared to ELISA.
Visit the IRB’s website for the RCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule

General Membership Meeting

July 25th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

The general membership meeting scheduled for Monday at 11 am in the grandstand is for Owners, Owner/Trainers and Trainers. Per our constitution and by-laws this is who the H.B.P.A. represents. Please bring your current I.R.B. license, as it will be checked against the current list that security personel will use to admit members to the meeting.

Attention Horsemen

July 20th, 2015 | written by Lanny Brooks

The annual H.B.P.A. trip to Splash City for the families on the backstretch is coming soon. Please sign up in the office.

We have another load of free horse supplies coming. We will give a two day notice before we go pick it up.