IHHA CONTRACT UPDATE

07:14 PM 02 Jan 2006 NZDT
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On Friday and Saturday, the IHHA has been in contact with Marc Laino of the Illinois Racing Board about scheduling another negotiating meeting with the Johnstons.

Marc is the Executive Director of the Illinois Racing Board and has been mediating the negotiations for the past several weeks.

Mr. Laino has indicated to the IHHA that the tracks might be willing to change their position on how deferred money is handled -

n important distinction in protecting the purse account.

At the time of this update, no meeting is scheduled, but the IHHA hopes to meet with the Johnstons as soon as possible.

As of January 2 , 2006, the IHHA and Balmoral / Maywood Still DO NOT have a contract for 2006.

THE IHHA DOES NOT ENDORSE RACING WITHOUT A CONTRACT

Please call the hotline, check our website at www.harnessillinois.com or talk with the IHHA office to make sure the IHHA has a signed agreement.

NOTE: Balmoral has cancelled racing for Tuesday, January 3 and Wednesday, January 4.

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ATTENTION

HORSEMEN'S MEETING

uesday, January 3, 2006, 12.00 noon

Holiday Inn Select (I-80 & Harlem Avenue)

18501 S. Harlem Avenue - Tinley Park (note change in location)

Please try to attend this important meeting to discuss updates on the contract negotiations. Call the IHHA Hotline at (888) 601-7223 for updates or visit our web site at www.harnessillinois.com

Courtesy Of Jack Kelly for the IHHA

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