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Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (12/2/15)

ITHA Reimbursing Owners for Costs Prior to Hawthorne Race Cancellations on Nov. 18 and 24

Horsemen Urged to Update Claiming Insurance Forms

Dear Fellow Horsemen:

The cancellation of races at Hawthorne Race Course, on Nov. 18 amid reports of high wind and on Nov. 24 due to track conditions, left Illinois owners on the hook for costs associated with pre-race medication and treatments.

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association recognizes this financial hardship and, as a service to our members, will provide each of the owners of horses entered for those races but not scratched with a check for $100.

Our Board of Directors approved this expense, which totals $11,200 for the 112 affected owners, as an expression of our advocacy for the interests of Illinois horsemen. This is a challenging time for the Illinois horse racing industry, and the ITHA is doing what it can to reinforce the tremendous commitment our owners and trainers show to our industry each and every day.

The cancellations on Nov. 18 and Nov. 24 were due to conditions beyond our control, and we view them as an anomaly in an otherwise productive fall meet at Hawthorne. In the event of a future cancellation, the ITHA will evaluate whether reimbursement from our funds is appropriate or feasible.

ITHA Members: Update Your Claiming Insurance

Illinois owners are strongly encouraged to update their claiming insurance cards with forms available at the bookkeeper’s office. The ITHA provides self-funded claiming benefits, but only to owners with signed ITHA membership claiming cards.

The ITHA will pay 50 percent of the claiming price, up to $10,000, to any qualified owner, providing that the claimed horse had to be put down within 72 hours as the result of a catastrophic injury occurring during the race from which it was claimed. The benefit is limited to qualified ITHA members who do not have any equine insurance.

Other conditions apply; please contact the ITHA for more details.

Mike Campbell is President of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

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