Here's Marcus' story. Some of what he says is:
"The contract – a requirement of all racetracks as part of the Interstate Horseracing Act -- extends two years, also covering Arlington’s 2017 racing season, and as part of the negotiations leading to the deal, the ITHA agreed to drop a lawsuit it filed last week against Arlington, the Illinois Racing Board, and the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation."
“The lawsuit will be dismissed soon,” said Dave McCaffrey, executive director of the ITHA. “The main priority of the lawsuit was to get a contract and to keep Arlington from contracting with the ITBOF. I don’t think the ITBOF’s priorities are the same as the ITHA’s.”
"ITHA operations are funded through deductions from Arlington’s purse account. The ITHA received $1 million in funding from Arlington in 2014, when Illinois racing still was using so-called impact-fee funds collected from several northern Illinois casinos, but got just $500,000 in 2015. Under the new contract, the 2016 funding deduction will be $750,000, and the ITHA is guaranteed $1.2 million between Arlington and Hawthorne for 2017 funding. Hawthorne is providing $400,000 in funding for 2016."
"The new contract also contains a funding mechanism for Galloping Out, the ITHA-administered Thoroughbred aftercare program. The ITHA has been funding Galloping Out, but this summer, owners will be asked to donate $5 to the program for every Arlington starter.
“They can decline to pay, but it’s my sincere hope no one does, because Arlington will match every $5 owners put in,” McCaffrey said.
The contract also includes provisions for the ITHA to audit the purse account and advance deposit wagering accounts to ensure purses are properly funded, and mandates a minimum number of races per week during the Arlington meet, 24 for three-day weeks and 32 for four-day weeks."http://live.drf.com/nuggets/28229