Arlington Park adds ‘rent’ language to stall applications

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If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, there’s a pretty good chance it’s a duck. That’s the position leaders of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the executive director of the Illinois Racing Board are taking when it comes to new “stall rent” language in the proposed stall allocation agreement between Arlington Park and Thoroughbred horsemen for the 2013 racing season at the suburban Chicago racetrack.

At issue is paragraph 29 in the racing office’s stall application, stating: “The undersigned owner, trainer or authorized agent acknowledges that each additional starter in a race will produce an increase in mutuel handle, which will increase purse revenue for horsemen, and is expected to average at least one (1) start per month for each stall allotted during the 2013 race meet. A stall rent may be imposed on trainers that do not average one (1) start per stall per month or on a horse which runs at another racetrack in a race and condition that Arlington offers and runs.”

The ITHA immediately objected to the stall application language, calling it unprecedented for a track to charge stall rent during a live meeting. The ITHA also said Arlington Park violated terms of its current contract with the horsemen’s association by not submitting the agreement to the ITHA before being distributed.


Arlington Park has a different interpretation of the language.

“We are aware that a text message regarding stall rent at Arlington is being circulated,” the track’s general manager, Tony Petrillo, said in a statement to the Paulick Report. “This is incorrect. There will not be stall rent. The stall application does contain language for the track to impose a rent on those trainers who do not run in races and use the facility for training only.
 
“This policy protects the trainers who may want additional stalls, protects those trainers who do run, protects the purses for owners and protects handle. Please feel free to direct any questions to racing secretary Chris Polzin.”

Similar remarks were sent to ITHA members via text message: “NO STALL RENT for trainers with entries,” the message from Arlington Park to horsemen read. “AP to PROTECT live runners, purses for OWNERS & handle. Polzin available for Qs on the backside…”

Marc Laino, executive director of the Illinois Racing Board, said Arlington “may be in violation” of Illinois racing law, specifically Section 1424.50, paragraph D(2), which reads:   “No stall allocation shall be conditioned upon the payment, transfer or delivery to the racing secretary, or to any other person designated by him, of any money, property or other thing of value or upon the applicant’s promise to make such payment, transfer or delivery.”

“The rule prohibits stall rental, clearly,” said Laino. “If there is any modification, it has to come before the board for approval, and that hasn’t taken place.”

In fact, Laino said, Petrillo was asked by a commissioner, Patricia Beauvois, during an IRB hearing for 2013 dates last September if Arlington had any intention of charging stall rent for the coming year.

“His reply was ‘No,’ he had no intention,” Laino said. “I’m surprised and a little perplexed (by the new stall application) considering the testimony at the dates hearing and the rule.”

Contract negotiations between Arlington and horsemen went right up to the 11th hour in 2012 and wasn’t resolved under after the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association said it was withdrawing its approval to simulcast the Kentucky Derby to Illinois. As a result of the last-minute agreement in 2012, Laino said the IRB now requires a contract between the track and horsemen be completed 30 days before the beginning of the meet. If that doesn’t happen, the IRB chairman mediates the dispute, he said.

Arlington Park’s 2013 meeting is scheduled to begin May 3.

“I’m hopeful I can get this resolved administratively, short of a full formal hearing before the board on this matter,” Laino said.

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  • Burton DeWitt

    “If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, there’s a pretty good chance it’s a duck.” But then you’re left with the question of what is a duck to begin with.

  • The Whiz

    CDI at it’s best – talking out of both sides of their A**- When the pencil pushing number geeks got involved in racing it began the downward sprial that the industry continues to live in everyday. Get the conglomerates out of racing or get some state legislatures with some ball  – don’t let racing die at the hands of a few greedy know nothings.

  • THE ENFORCER

    IT SHOULD NOT SURPRISE ANYONE THAT AP MAY TRY THIS…

    IF IT WOULD HELP THE SHORT FIELDS, ABUNDANCE OF MAIDEN RACES, AND LATE TRAINER SCRATCHES THAT HAVE PLAGUED AP FOR THE PAST HALF DECADE– THEN SO BE IT..

    PS.. ANY IDEA WHEN THE FROZEN ADW ISSUE FOR IL. RESIDENTS WILL BE RESOLVED??

  • MDC

    Arlington Park sure does not mind when horses stabled at other tracks ship into run, but have one of their horsemen find a race at a track that suits their  horse and they want to punish. One question I have is who is destroying racing the horsemen or the race tracks? The answer to that has always been and will always be the RACE TRACKS.

  • MDC

    Punishing and alienating the horsemen will not solve the issue of short fields. Having trained horses for many years I can promise you that late trainer scratches are not intended to hurt the race tracks, but rather to do what is best for the horse and the owner. When the tracks can show they care about the horses even a little bit you will have headline news. To think they can threaten stall rent to force horses to run is preposterous. 

  • Bryan Langlois (ShelterDoc)

    In todays world of genetically modifying everything…I don’t think anyone knows what a duck is anymore.  For if it walks, quacks, and looks like a duck….its probably a gerbil.

  • Bernieinocala

    The Evil Empire strikes again!

  • Spexracing

    Well I am going to be in the minority here but I as a trainer/owner have absolutely no problem with this. And I have Illinois breds and yes I plan to race at Arlington. My horses may not be great but they usually have no issues running every 14 to 21 days, mind you I don’t partake in Lasix or other common raceday medications, so maybe their turn around is made possible by that fact alone, who knows. But if it does indeed help and it cuts down on stalls being occupied for the sake of occupancy then so be it.

  • FIVE2_THREE

    I don’t see the issue with this at all. you can’t live anywhere for free so why should you be able to stable a horse for free ?

  • Csonka68

    BS If a trainer runs out of town in the same race being offered by their home track because they think the race is easier than they should leave the horse at the other track and find another horse that is competitive at their home track,if they enter a horse at their home track and the race does not go than they should be able to ship for a race.

  • Csonka68

    I bet most of the trainer scratches their horse is 15-1 or more

  • Don Reed

    Hey! Churchill Downs! “Rent” This!

  • Don Reed

    A response by an anonymous poster is ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS. 

    No real name?  Then, what does your word, “I” mean?

    Nothing.

  • Don Reed

    You were a great fullback Csonk, but your grammer has been borrowed from Chris Brown.

    Try again.

  • Don Reed

    Because the cost of ownership bankrupts most of the owners by year seven.

  • FIVE2_THREE

    go tell your mortgage company that you would like to live in your house for free because the cost of owning a home is not cheap and see what happens

  • http://Bellwether4u.com James Staples

    CDI pulled this trick @ Calder and Gulfstream stepped up to the plate and pays the rent for Horses that run @ Gulfstream!!!…Frank’s crowd is in the process of building more stalls as we speak…I do know one thing…Gulfstream is making one hell of a comeback as far the Horse Racing is concerned…Sat. 2/9/13 was one Hell of Day of T-Bred Horse Racing!!!…Keep up the good work Frank and I believe his daughter is having a very good impact on his Horse Tracks!!!…ty… 

  • Concerned Observer

    The headline is worse than the reality. As a trainer I think tracks have a right to expect you to support the entry box if you get free stalls. I face this at many tracks. Most now spell out what is a proper level of entries to qualify. They have to do this to get an understanding from day one. Otherwise some of the guys would use a lot of stalls with very little racing stock.

    I’m no CDI fan, but I think they are being fair and realistic here.

  • Randy

    All this is doing is making trainers think twice about keeping a hurt horse at the track or maybe one that is getting ready and wont make a start there, that could or should be at a farm.  If those type of stalls can be filled with a horse that can actually run there it increases field size and handle makes perfect sense. I see lots of trainers that never get even 2 starts per stall at a meet and others that get 4 or 5 which trainers would a race track rather have? 

  • Csonka68

    Who is Chris Brown? and I did not know this is an English class

  • Csonka68

    All the trainers want short fields and big purses this does not work

  • Csonka68

    Why has Gulfstream always shut down there barn area the week after the meet closed ,they should stay open for four more months and give free stalls to people so they can run at Calder

  • Charlie Davis

    Are you being serious?  You expect a track to take on the costs of stabling a bunch of horses that have no chance of providing anything in return?  

  • Csonka68

    Exactly for over thirty years Calder provided free stabling, a track to train on even a gate crew to school horses while Gulfstream and Hialeah ran and received nothing in return now they do something about it and everyone screams murder. 

  • G11gy

    Maybe because they now have a casino that easily offsets the expense? The only reason they have a casino is because of those pesky horses stabled there. 

  • Csonka68

    As does Gustream

  • G11gy

    Who doesnt charge stall rent at the track

  • James Staples

    How bout six years!!!…ty…

  • James Staples

    URASA…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GM4MKOH3SRM3GAZLMIKOOOAI74 jttf

    once again, CDI doesnt have any sense.  it takes a dehydrated male router 5 weeks to recover properly from the use of lasix.  CDI needs to hire some new management, who have common horse sense and treat people fairly.   the arlington synthetic racing is boring.   the chicago horsemen could care less about the racing fan.  the only good things about arlington park, are the turf stakes races.  what a circus we have here in illinois.   cant even bet online.  the illinois government isnt in any hurry to fix the problem.    

  • VA_fan

     and the correct spelling is “grammar”

  • Salafred

    Then you are dumber than a box of rocks.

  • BobC

    Does the mortgage company make money off the personal property I have my house?  The racetrack makes money off my horses.  Let’s see Arlington and it’s almighty parent company CDI run a race meeting without horses.

  • BobC

    Arlington couldn’t get the Illinois Racing Board to deny spring racing dates to Hawthorne, so they retaliate by having their parent company CDI exclude the the Illinois Derby from it’s phony point system for the Kentucky Derby.  Now Arlington wants the ITHA to pay stall rent during it’s live race meeting.  If I were ITHA president I would say, “Okay, but we’re going to charge AP for using our horses to conduct it’s race meeting.  Now do you want to be reasonable and help us move Illinois racing forward and continue with this foolishness?”

  • canada forever

    when will horsemen realize they ARE the show? Racetracks have forgotten that and anyone who thinks tracks are giving “free stalls” to horsemen has not been in the business long enough to realize the investment owners and trainers make. Without the horsemen and horses these tracks have a big oval and an empty grandstand, it’s time we took the power back!

  • Ben K McFadden

    I agree to run my horses at your track if you provide free stabling AND “appearance” money.  The track will pay me a set daily fee per horse to train my horses at their track.  If one of my horses does not run every 30 days due to a lack of suitable races, entry elsewhere, or an infirmity, the fee is waived for that 30 day period.  

    Screw you CDI.

  • BobC

    The last sentence of my posting should have said “OR continue with this foolishness?”  Let’s stop this “my way or the highway attitude” and work together to improve the well-being of everybody involved in this game.

  • Don Reed

    You are correct; my apology.

  • Ron Crookham

    The best thing that can happen to racing, is a CDI bankruptcy and the disappearance of the the idiotic point system.

  • MDC

    Good luck with that.

  • Tjs

    I think CDI is missing the point here. This is an attempt to get larger fields and more handle. Hey, this is the business we are in. Instead of using this stall rent scheme what they really need to do is get rid of the racing secretary’s control over the condition book and extras. The influence game is rampant across the nation in the RS offices. Simply, let a computer write the races. The data base has every horses comditions that are stabled on track on file. The program can write the races based on timing and availability. No more favors, no more corruption, no more short fields.

  • Csonka68

    You can’t spell crap without rap Hemingway.

  • Csonka68

    The truth hurts

  • FIVE2_THREE

    you are talking like a fool. I can assure  you that horsemen would pay the stall rent if it was imposed. nothing in life is free.

  • Mlmartin

    i see nothing wrong with expecting a horse to start once a month, provided that there are races for that horse. weather can be a problem for grass horses as can claiming races not being used. however if there are physical issues then maybe that horse needs to be rested on a farm instead of staying in the trainers barn at a costly day rate.

  • G Allen

    I applaud Ap for making this move.  It makes perfect sense.  Too many trainers use these stalls for horses that have no intention of running in the current meet.  AP needs “inventory” to fill its cards.  The bettors demand it, and mgmt. has a  responsibility to do all they can to make the bettors happy.  Too often, the Horsemen forget that the only reason this game exists in this country is because of the bettors.

  • James Staples

    STFU…No Name…

  • James Staples

    Fer Sure…ty…

  • Jenniferr

    While I think it is important for owners/trainers to support meets where they are stabled and I agree that the majority of horses on the grounds should have intention of racing at the meet, as it stands this addition to the stall agreement is inappropriate. Aside from the breach of contract and the violation of law issues mentioned above, the racetracks do make money off the property in the stalls; owners should not have to pay for them. Secondly, these are animals not televisions; not always predictable and not always easily repaired. For the safety of not just the animals but the humans who ride the animals, the racetracks should not impose additional finanical pressure to race animals. We have animals that can race every 2-3 weeks and we own ones that it may not be sound to do so. And, unfortunately, we own horses that we train right up to a race only to have something go wrong: shins, tendons, soft tissue, feet. Additionally, the secondary language regarding racing at other venues is detrimental to owners and trainers financial interests. If I cannot race my horse in a race at Arlington Park WHEN THE HORSE IS READY TO RUN, why should I remain there and then be penalized because at a later date the race is offered, fills, etc. . . . identical race, same day – that is a different story.  This additional language creates an incentive for trainers / owners to race unsound horses which endangers the animals and the riders and only further dminishes the respect of the wagering public.

  • Csonka68

    Every track running a live meet

  • Csonka68

    Last time I used my name I was denied stalls DF!

  • Concerned Observer

    There is definitely some truth in Tjs’ premise. Too many racing secretaries take the easy way out. One I know issues the same book year after year with no regard for the changing horse population, and once he forgot to update the year in the book. Another will write an overnight race with looney conditions for a leading trainer but would never bend to add a race for a low volume trainer.

    I once asked a racing secretary to add a specific race. He argued that it would not fill but consented just to placate me. His average field was 8 horses. The race I asked for drew 15 entries. In this case I knew more about the horses in the area than he did.

    It is too easy to be lazy.

  • Bernieinocala

    You really don’t understand racing at Calder. If Calder was to close the 4 months that Gulfstream is open then when Calder would open its backside for live racing in April they would have about 400 horses return to the grounds to deal with some mighty hungry rats.

  • Csonka68

    While you have been in Ocala I have been at Calder since the day they opened.

  • BobC

    I understand your feelings about the lack of cooperation with racetrack management and horsemen’s groups but unless we start working together to improve the game, the future or the lack of a future is predictable. Arlington used to attract the top three year olds in country for the Arlington Classic and American Derby after the Triple Crown was over.  They need to work on making AP a destination for the best horses again and put aside this foolishness of charging stall rent to the ITHA and eliminating the competition at Hawthorne.  Are you listening, Tony Petrillo?

  • Tdub822

    Testimony under oath, that is false, misleading, and or perjured is a crime in Il…..as is deception, incl. in business practices…….Grrrr……TPD

  • THE ENFORCER

    MDC: IS IT FAIR TO THE RACING CONSUMER TO HAVE 10-15% OF THE PROGRAM SCRATCHED A=F-T-E-R THE DRF/PROGRAM HAS BEEN PRINTED??.. THIS IS THE TRACK’S CONTRACT WITH THE PAYING RACING
    CUSTOMER–ONE WOULD EXPECT THOSE TRAINER ENTRANTS TO COMPETE
    AS PROMISED..

    PLEASE INFORM-WHY DID THE TRAINER EVEN ENTER IF IT WAS FOR THE GOOD OF THE HORSE??.. DID YOU EVER WAIT TO SEE IF YOU COULD FIND A SOFTER SPOT??

    I DO AGREE THAT PAYING RENT TO FORCE RUNNERS IS SO WRONG!!

    HOW CAN CONTINUED LATE TRAINER SCRATCHES BE AVOIDED?

  • THE ENFORCER

    YES , THE 2/9/13 GP WAS GOOD..HOWEVER,

    WHEN THE OVER-RATED GP CONSISTENTLY OFFERS 4-6 MAIDEN RACES ON SAT.&SUN–THIS IS NOT A COMEBACK-IS IT??

    WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THE FRANK/RITVO PLAN TO SEAT 50,000 FANS AND DOES GP STILL WANT TO RACE WEEKENDS IN THE SUMMER TO COMPETE WITH CRC??

  • Randy

    you must have some bad horses

  • BobC

    There is always Indiana Downs and Prairie Meadows as an alternative.  Horsemen don’t HAVE to pay stall rent because Arlington is nothing special and is definintely not the only place to race.  Any bets AP backs down from this ridiculous position?

  • BobC

    IF Arlington charges stall rent the the horsemen can charge AP for using their horses to conduct a race meeting.  Nothing in life is free.

  • Jerry

    BREAKING NEWS……………

    It starts at Arlington Park, then goes to Churchill Downs, and then who knows where??
    Once again, track management doesn’t care about the owners and that is NOT a wise decision if they want horses!!!!!!!!!!!!Fewer horses = lower purses = shorter fields = less handle = fewer owners and then LESS PROFITS!!!!!!!!!! If things get really bad they can always close the track and build a shopping center!!Idiots!

  • Jeffrey

    Thanks Don for appointing yourself arbiter of which posts are useful and which are worthless.

    While you may not agree with Spexracing’s position on the matter at least the poster has a position and has provided sound rationale for the position.

    In your case you side-step the issue completely and resort to what amounts to name-calling, which net-net, may play well for the ignorant, but is truly worthless to those thoughtful observers and interested parties.

    Perhaps you should pay less attention to Saul Alinsky and more attention to the facts of the matter.

  • Jeffrey

    Watch out Randy… Don Reed will be after you.

    Personally I think your post is well-reasoned and spot on.

  • Jeffrey

    So what. If your business model doesn’t make sense or you can’t manage it profitably it’s a loud message to find another line of business.

    Heck, my dog learned that from running a lemonade stand.

    Free stalls at a live race meeting for race ready stock is commonsense and good business.

    Free stalls at a live race meeting for stock that is not race ready or will ship elsewhere needs to be stabled elsewhere.

    Sure owners / trainers will bellyache because they are now faced with having to pay for something that they have gotten free in the past. But that is in the past. The industry is shrinking and this includes its infrastructure and its largesse.

    Stop living in the past and sharpen that pencil and figure it out.

  • Jeffrey

    Careful Icarus.

    Horsemen should go ahead and boycott CDI/AP and see where that gets them.

    Methinks the horsemen are a bet against on this one.

    Good luck with all that.

  • FIVE2_THREE

    well go to those tracks and bum stall space. thats the problem with this country. people feel like they should be entitled to stuff. Ap is a place where business is conducted. it is not a homeless shelter for horses. why should any trainer be given free stalls ? they don’t pay for electric or water, their workers don’t pay rent for the dorms. entitlement,entitlement

  • BobC

    Racing has always been a 50/50 proposition between the tracks and the horsemen.  The racetrack provides the facility and horsemen provide the racing stock.  You don’t try to screw your business partner.  At least, most of us don’t.

  • Dcurtis78

    Oh really ? There was horse racing before there was parimutuel wagering, with out the horsemen there is nothing to wager on.

  • http://twitter.com/YYZGUY1 Wayne Neuten

    Yep, and the owner slept in the stall with his horse. Let’s go back to that model. Cuckoo.

  • tfly

    Okay, let me make sure i understand your post- if someone uses a name, even a fake one, then it’s a post that’s worthwhile?  (Never mind the fact that there’s no way for anyone to verify who anyone is- you might really be Sally Wallywomp the Third for all anyone knows.   (So thempted to do Sally Wallywomp the Tird, but i didn’t want this to get personal).
    Signed,
    Tfly, oops, William Statingtheobvious Sr.

  • G11gy

    Let me add to your equation: fewer horses=shorter fields=lower handle=lower purses=fewer owners=lower profits get rid of racing/Sell land/opn casino =higher profit for CDI

  • Stanley inman

    BobC,
    Your observations are so good
    about
    The dysfunctional
    Adversarial relationship between tracks and horsemen.
    How long
    will two partners remain in and adversarial relationship?
    Until they realize the value of putting their partners interest before their own.
    What happens when they don’t reciprocat?
    You walkaway.
    Horsemen are afraid to employ this strategy for a simple reason
    They know there will be horsemen who will cross a picket line;
    Horsemen’s lack of solidarity
    Is the problem
    Tracks know this
    Thumb their noses at horsemen
    A Neanderthal approach looks appealing in
    The short run to track management
    (remember students of labor relations
    It was management who invented the
    “team” approach to circumvent
    Free independent trade unions
    How’s that working out for you.

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