Balmoral Park (2/12/10)
Contact: Tom Kelley
BALMORAL AND MAYWOOD DELAY STAKE PAYMENTS
Balmoral Park and Maywood Park have announced that all Feb. 15 stake nominations have been moved back one month and will now be due on March 15. The stakes affected will include all Aged Stake events and both tracks' Three-Year-Old events for both open and Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters.
The main reason for the delay in nominations is both tracks hope that a resolution will be reached regarding the impact fee monies currently being held by the courts. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Feb. 23 and with a favorable outcome the tracks' hope is to set the added money at traditional levels. A later decision would have the same effect but the hope of the tracks is that nominators will know with certainty prior to having to make their nominating decisions.
The stakes affected by the delay include the American National Aged Stakes for both trotters and pacers, the American National three-year-old events for both breeds and gaits, the Windy City Pace, the Galt Stake, all Hanover Stakes for three-year-olds, the Maywood Pace and Filly Maywood Pace as well as all of the three-year-old events scheduled for Super Night.
Regardless of the decision of the courts, stake payments will be due for all Aged, Three-Year-Old and Two-Year-Old stakes on March 15.
Earlier the Illinois Department of Agriculture also announced their decision to delay stake payments for their Three-Year-Old events until March 15.
The Department of Agriculture races affected by that decision include the Cardinal and Violet Stakes for both pacers and trotters, the first payment for the World Trotting Derby, all Hayes Memorial Stakes and the Review Stakes.
The Department of Agriculture is only delaying stake payments due on Feb. 15. Payments that were scheduled for March 15 have not been changed.