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The Illinois horse racing industry could find itself in a bind if lawmakers don't renew a law allowing online betting that expires in January.
Race dates at Illinois racetracks, including Fairmont Park, would be severely cut if lawmakers don't take action to renew the betting law and give Illinois' racing board access to money online wagering generates.
The issue could come up when the General Assembly convenes Tuesday.
But even if lawmakers get it done, there's no guarantee Governor Quinn will sign it. Quinn has said he won't consider other legislation until lawmakers fix the state's pension crisis.
There could be as many as 52 races at Fairmount Park next season, or as few as 10.
It all depends on whether or not Illinois lawmakers extend Internet-based wagering and supplemental funding. The Illinois Racing Board Tuesday announced four alternative 2014 schedules for all five Illinois horse tracks. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the number of races run depends on the revenue raised through Advanced deposit wagering, which provides funds to the racing board and venues. The measure has to be re-authorized periodically.
The current extension is set to expire at the end of January.
One jockey has been released from the hospital after a collision at Fairmount Park on Tuesday.
Robert Cummings was jockeying the Number 2 horse Shakkarena when they collided with another horse. Cummings suffered only bruises and was released from the hospital.
The other jockey, Rohan Singh, remains at St. Louis University Hospital with broken ribs and internal injuries--he is expected to be released early next week.
As for the horses, Singh's ride, She's on Her Way was not injured. Cummings' mount was not so lucky. Shakkarena had to be euthanized.
Two jockeys are recovering from injuries and a horse has been euthanized after a racetrack collision at Fairmont Park.
It happened just as the horses turned into the final stretch of the third race yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Fairmont officials say the No. 2 horse, Shakkarena, ridden by jockey Robert Cummings, fell because of a leg injury. The No. 5 horse, She’s on Her Way, ridden by Rohan Singh, was unable to avoid the fallen horse and also tumbled.
Shakkarena had to be euthanized because of the serious leg injury.
She's on Her Way didn't appear to be injured in the collision.
Both jockeys are hospitalized with serious injuries.
The Illinois Racing Board handed down a suspension to one of the jockeys in a controversial race at Fairmount park last week.
The board determined jockey John Lejeune did not put forth his best effort when racing against Robert "Cowboy" Jones. Jones was the sentimental favorite to win the race--at 70-years-old he could have been the first jockey to win a race in seven decades.
Lejeune is suspended for 60 days.