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 on: Today at 05:57:09 PM 
Started by The Spectre - Last post by Alabam
Happy Hour, you have excellent insight to what has happened to the smaller Illinois based harness stables in Illinois.  And the IRB board vote giving even more power to t-bred race secretaries will be causing another big bump in the road for ICF races and Illinois based horsemen.

The salvation for t-breds is the 60% extra money for ICF horses that win in open company, overnight races. The insignificant amount that you guys provide in harness racing owners awards helps, but it is not enough to keep racing ICF horses.

So your stake races will continue to not fill, your country fair program will dry up, your breeders will either quit or start shipping in semen from out of state.  What little clout horsemen now have with the Illinois legislature will be gone because the value to the state agriculture will be diminished.  It all starts with the kind of races your race secretary chooses to use.

Your state appears to be headed for less racing opportunities and bigger purses.  Hello big time training operations that have access to a lot of financial resources.  Goodbye Mom and Pop operations and small time owners unless they are happy with a little percentage of really good out of state bred horses.

The ICF program isn't the cause of your demise.  Rather the program and the smaller Illinois based stables, owners, and breeders are the victims.

There goes your agriculture base and the only reason your state legislature might some day listen to your pleas for a better deal.

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 on: Today at 05:44:27 PM 
Started by brianjco - Last post by FreeLegged
a trotter named gunner with matt weaver ??  would come to Saratoga from out there ?

absolutely. Raced against Gunner many times. I think the trainer/driver's name was Mac Weaver. I believe red/white colors, but not positive.

 13 
 on: Today at 05:35:42 PM 
Started by brianjco - Last post by zoot
a trotter named gunner with matt weaver ??  would come to Saratoga from out there ?

 14 
 on: Today at 05:29:56 PM 
Started by Freelegged is my daddy - Last post by Freelegged is my daddy
He has been touting Eric Abatiello in the first race at Yonkers today for the last three days !!

Says that he can't lose.
Eric was up the track r1, kind of like Andy's chances of bedding that girl!

 15 
 on: Today at 05:28:31 PM 
Started by honest & balanced terry - Last post by beobob
Theo and Jed were pretty good during the rebuild at picking up cheaper pitching late in the offseason.and then flipping them at the trade deadline for 2 or 3 prospects.  I hope that's the plan.

 16 
 on: Today at 05:24:27 PM 
Started by brianjco - Last post by Freelegged is my daddy
What about beef on weck?

 17 
 on: Today at 05:24:12 PM 
Started by happy hour - Last post by happy hour
Knowitall had posted this elsewhere.  For the recapture experts, why did the IRB certified recapture amounts to Haw for harness racing to the amount of  936,804, for 2016.  I thought a track needed just a few racing dates prior year to qualify?  Hawthorne had zero. 

 18 
 on: Today at 05:14:16 PM 
Started by winky - Last post by zoot
TMZ is holding a tape showing how the NFL moved the goalposts to make the Panthers miss that FG that hit the upright

while the ball was in flight no less. this guy winky must say things just to get a reaction ?

 19 
 on: Today at 05:10:23 PM 
Started by winky - Last post by Dictionary
TMZ is holding a tape showing how the NFL moved the goalposts to make the Panthers miss that FG that hit the upright

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 on: Today at 04:59:53 PM 
Started by honest & balanced terry - Last post by honest & balanced terry
Signed pitcher Mat Latos.

"Latos, 28, owns a career record of 64-55 with a 3.51 ERA and 959 strikeouts over seven major-league seasons."

With some team or teams somewhere.

As we are well aware, "owning" a career record does not speak quite as highly of that record as having one that was "amassed", but still, this is the signing that puts the Sox over the top. Fer sure.

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