Arlington Park is fully committed to the preservation and enhancement of the Illinois Horse Racing Industry

Arlington Park is fully committed to the preservation and enhancement of the Illinois Horse Racing Industry

April 13, 2013—When ITHA President Mike Campbell makes statements like “destroy Arlington” or when he undermines and rejects agreements made by his own contract committee, it’s difficult to believe him when he says he wants to support the Illinois Horse Racing Industry.
 
What does the future of our Industry look like if we’re constantly resorting to personal attacks and infighting that jeopardize everyone? 
  • We have supported an I-Gaming license for the ITHA.
  • Additional revenue generated from ADW providers and an I-Gaming license for the ITHA will provide revenues to flow to purses.
  • The rental solution that was agreed to by the ITHA contract committee and by Arlington is intended to discourage non-racers from occupying the space set aside for horses that are helping to grow purse accounts. It’s set up to encourage larger fields and to generate more lucrative purses.
  • Every piece of legislation that was written to take recapture out of the law had the full support of Arlington, and this was long before Mr. Campbell became president of the ITHA. The horsemen developed this idea when wagering on out-of-state races was authorized in 1995.
Right now, a substantial amount of your purse money is being used for ITHA operating expenses. The money the ITHA is diverting from your purses takes away money from owners, breeders, trainers, hot walkers, jockeys and everyone else in the industry. 
  • How much of the ITHA’s operating expenditures are necessary?
  • How much of the ITHA’s quarter million dollar payroll is necessary?
  • Are all the people represented by the ITHA eligible for the health insurance plan? Or only a select few? What does this cost?
  • The ITHA is spending nearly $300,000 on attorneys, consultants and accountants. What benefits have you received for this money?
Section 29 of the Illinois Horse Racing Act permits the ITHA to use approximately $200,000 of purse money for their operational expenses. They are now diverting nearly $1.5 million for those operating expenses.
 
Is your money properly accounted for? Shouldn’t you have a say in how it’s spent?
 
Would you rather your money be diverted to operational expenses? Or would 
you rather receive this money in purses?
 
The ITHA has been reluctant to provide their financial statements, but we’ve included them here. Please see for yourselves how your money is spent.
 
 
-Arlington Park International Racecourse Management