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Congratulations to trainer JR Smith Sr. and owner Richard Trebat for their three consecutive stakes wins with Chicago Six! What could possibly be next for this winning combination? A Gold Cup win perhaps??!!!...

Congrats also to trainer Michele Boyce and co-ower Nate Ruffolo on their big win in the Bosselman/Gus Fonner Handicap on Sat. April 28th with Rocky Robyn. WAY TO GO!!!...

Speaking of winners, congrats to trainer Mike Reavis for again capturing top trainer award for the Sportsman's Park meet !!!


Sportsman's Park
March 1 - April 30
(dark Wed, Thurs & Easter)

Arlington Park
June 13 - Oct 28
(dark Mon & Tues except 9/3 & 10/8)

Hawthorne Race Course
May 1 - June 10
(dark Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Fairmount Park
Feb 6 - Dec 31
(dark Mon, Wed & Thurs - Feb 6 - May 29)
(dark Wed, Thurs & Sun - June 2 - Dec 31)


Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

We cannot say thank you enough to Charles Bidwell III for his decision to allow the families to stay in the apartments this summer. His generosity is REALLY appreciated!

A big thank you also goes out to jockey Eddie "Shorty" Perez for sponsoring a field trip to Brookfield Zoo for the backstretch children. The kids had a fantastic time but we're not sure Shorty will want to ride a bus again!

Thanks also to Salvador Hernandez & Moises Yanez for supplying the delicious tacos for the ITHA Library & Learning Center's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Their tasty donation was enjoyed by all!

These parties & field trips could not happen without the hard work & errand running done behind the scenes. Special thanks to Bettye, Melanie, Joaquin, Cathy and all the parents who donate so much of their time and effort.


Please be advised that we have been working on updating our computer system. In order to receive benefits all participants must identify their dependents by their full name and date of birth. Joaquin Cambray from our office will continue to go barn to barn getting this information from the trainers and their employees.

We also need help from the trainers in updating their employee lists throughout the year. In an effort to limit benefits to eligible participants, we need to know when an employee is terminated so they cannot receive benefits they are not entitled to. We appreciate your assistance and patience with this inconvenience.

SERVICE UPDATE: Please be advised that effective 6/1/01, chiropractic services will no longer be eligible for benefits.


The ITHA office will be moving from Hawthorne on Friday, June 8th. The office will reopen at Arlington on Monday, June 11th.

The RICF office at Hawthorne will close on Friday, June 1st and will reopen at Arlington on Monday, June 11th.

Things to        
 know . . . .

ATTENTION OWNERS & TRAINERS: ITHA Annual Owners and Trainers Picnic will be held on Monday, July 16th at Hillcrest Park in Lemont. Tickets will be available in the ITHA office. This event is for owners and trainers only. A picnic for the backstretch workers will be scheduled in the near future.

The ITHA provides daily newspapers, the Racing Form, programs, coffee and soda for owners and trainers in the ITHA office. Please do not remove the Form or the papers - they are for everyone's convenience.

ATTENTION ALL BACKSTRETCH WORKERS: Children on the backstretch of Hawthorne or Arlington must be with an adult at all times. If not, the child and parent might lose all of their backstretch privileges. Parents must remind their children to be careful around the horses, trucks and equipment. We need to keep everyone safe.

ITHA Scholarship applications will be available June 1st. Please stop by the office for more info.

Arrigo's Horses of Racing Age Sale will be Thursday, June 7th at Hawthorne.



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