Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (8/11)
Contact: Glen Berman, Executive Director
ITHA responds to Arlington Park proposal
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association is pleased with the recent court decision resulting in the distribution of the Impact Fee monies into purse accounts for the benefit of horsemen and, separately, monies to the tracks for their capital improvements of the racetracks.
The purse monies are clearly for the benefit of the horsemen and ITHA is committed to acting in their best interest.
At Arlington Park, nearly $26 million was added to the horsemen's purse account and more than $17 million went to the track.
The existing contract between ITHA and Arlington Park directly addresses how such supplemental purse monies should be treated and the contract is different from what Arlington Park presently proposes (although ITHA has seen Arlington's press release, ITHA has not been presented with nor has it seen the plan Arlington says it has proposed).
On August 10, 2011, ITHA proposed that Arlington raise overnight purses 25 percent for the remainder of the 2011 Meeting beginning immediately on Thursday August 11, 2011 so that the remaining 29 racing dates average $208,750 in overnight purses. This also included an immediate repeal of the 15 percent purse reduction that currently exists for field size of 7 or less.
Arlington did not respond to the ITHA on this proposal and apparently has rejected it.
ITHA will continue to fight to get horsemen what they are entitled to both legislatively and contractually.