Stop Shorting Purses.
Save Horse Racing. Save Jobs. Support Illinois Ag.
Horse Racing Tracks and ADW Providers, Which Conduct Online
Wagering on Horse Racing, Are Poised to Offer Casino-Style
Games Solely Because of Their Association With Horse Racing.
But under Senate Bill 1739, tracks and advance deposit wagering (ADW)
providers would not be required to share a dime of Internet gaming
revenue with purses. The addition of Internet gaming would provide no benefit
for the hard-working men and women who actually make horse racing possible.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the Illinois
Harness Horsemen’s Association, and the Illinois Horsemen
Benevolent & Protective Association call on the Senate to
Amend SB 1739 to Require Track Owners and ADW Providers
to Share Internet Gaming Revenue with Purses, Just as Tracks
Would Share Revenue from Slot Machines.
When horsemen stay and race in Illinois, they benefit our state’s
horse trainers, breeders and owners, as well as our jockeys and
backstretch workers. Horsemen support more than 35,000 jobs
throughout the Illinois ag economy, from veterinarians to feed and
Revenue from Internet gaming hosted by horse racing tracks
and ADW operators should bolster purses to support the men and
women who make racing possible: horse trainers, owners and
breeders, and jockeys and backstretch workers.
Unless SB 1739 is amended to provide fair compensation for purses,
this legislation will virtually ensure the prompt transformation of Illinois
tracks and ADW companies to casino gaming empires – leaving
horsemen shortchanged, reducing Illinois racing opportunities,
and jeopardizing the livelihood of thousands.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has for decades represented trainers and owners
at Arlington Park and Hawthorne Racecourse, and has nearly 2,500 members. The ITHA is dedicated
to ensuring the integrity, safety, and health of those involved in horse racing, and promoting, encouraging
and developing all facets of our sport. The men and women of the ITHA support more than 35,000 jobs
throughout the Illinois ag economy.
Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Inc. / itharacing.com
Mike Campbell, President / 847-922-8362 or firstname.lastname@example.org