ITHA successful in obtaining additional purse funds from state

By: Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

Posted: June 1, 2024

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association diligence and advocacy at the Illinois Capitol has paid dividends for Illinois owners and trainers as state lawmakers agreed, before completing their spring legislative session May 29, to transfer surplus dollars in the state’s Horse Racing Fund to Hawthorne Race Course purses.

That means Hawthorne purses this summer will enjoy a boost of $1.44 million. We anticipate those funds will be available in the form of higher purses by the end of July. Thoroughbred purses at FanDuel/Fairmount separately will enjoy another $800,000 as a result of ITHA’s initiative.

“Persistence paid off,” ITHA President Chris Block said. “Our leadership and lobbying teams remained focused since the start of session on obtaining these funds. We’re thrilled to report that we accomplished our objective—and that, as a result, our members will benefit.”

The ITHA extends its sincere gratitude to all legislators continuing to support our efforts to preserve and invigorate the sport and industry of Illinois Thoroughbred racing. We also thank the Illinois Racing Board for backing our fund-transfer request this spring.