At a horsemen's meeting on Tuesday, January 3, in Tinley Park, the proposal submitted by Balmoral and Maywood was unanimously rejected.
While many of the horsemen in attendance felt the proposal showed some movement on the part of management, it did not go far enough in protecting the purse account, especially the terms that would indefinitely extend into the future any deferred amounts.
The IHHA is working on submitting a proposal tonight to Lorna Propes, the Chairman of the Illinois Racing Board, for her to forward to the Johnston's. The IHHA has asked Chairman Propes that a negotiating meeting be held as soon as possible after we submit our proposal to discuss these issues.
As of January 3 , 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 Wednesday, January 4 and Maywood has cancelled racing for Thursday, January 5.
Courtesy Of Jack Kelly for the IHHA