Over 4 hours of testimony was heard on the harness side from the 2006 Dates Hearing on September 20, 2005.
Here are some of the quotes from William Johnston II as he was pleading to the mis-informed Board as they kept hearing him cry foul.
At the Illinois Racing Board Dates hearing on Tuesday, September 20, 2005, Mr. William Johnston II, representing the companies operating at Balmoral Park and Maywood Park in the State of Illinois said the following:
"Create more purses for the horsemen"
"We've got to do something, we don't want a strike"
"We now have both hands tied behind our backs"
"Give up Monday night to Saturday afternoon.... yes a doubleheader"
"Work all these little details"
"We're going to do the best we can"
"The economics of the industry..... nobody is making $$$... it's a tough situation"
"You want someone to drive from Waukegan to Crete? Its silly. Balmoral is near the horsemen and the horses"
"Stop the bleeding"
"I can't follow the three card monty game"
"I don't know the details.... I have a general idea"
"I HAD more money to make improvements"
Please print these quotes out and/or send this file to anyone you know in the industry.
Let’s hold Mr. Johnston to his ‘word’.
Eric M. Poders