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Illinois

Executive Director: 
Dan Arrigo
Address: 
PO Box 578
Arlington Heights, IL 60006
Phone: 
(847) 253-3670
Fax: 
(847) 253-1136
About Us: 

The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation supports the development of the Thoroughbred horse in the State of Illinois by collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, State Legislature, registered breeders and license owners, to promote the welfare of racing, farm communities and cooperate with and assist farm organizations to fulfill their purposes; to promote and encourage programs concerning the health, development and care of the Thoroughbred horse; promote education programs with respect to breeding, nutrition and improve production of horse and farm.

Restricted Races: 

Yes, a minimum of two each day or a minimum of six races a week limited to IL Conceived and Foaled or IL foaled horses or both.  Races are also offered at seven Illinois county fairs.

Per the Illinois Statutes:

(b) Each organization licensee conducting a thoroughbred racing meeting pursuant to this Act shall provide at least two races each day limited to Illinois conceived and foaled horses or Illinois foaled horses or both. A minimum of 6 races shall be conducted each week limited to Illinois conceived and foaled or Illinois foaled horses or both. No horses shall be permitted to start in such races unless duly registered under the rules of the Department of Agriculture.
(c) Conditions of races under subsection (b) shall be commensurate with past performance, quality, and class of Illinois conceived and foaled and Illinois foaled horses available. If, however, sufficient competition cannot be had among horses of that class on any day, the races may, with consent of the Board, be eliminated for that day and substitute races provided.

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/documents/023000050K30.htm

Restricted Stakes Races: 

Yes, offering numerous stake races with purses up to $125,000 for 2-year-olds to 3-year-old and up.

In 2013, Illinois-registered thoroughbreds were offered 30 Restricted Stakes Races worth over $2,8 million.

Our Illinois Conceived and Foaled registered thoroughbreds are also eligible for a Purse Bonus of $25,000.  The Bonus is distributed out to those horses finishing 1st - 5th.  Currently, a total of twelve stake races offer this Bonus.

The ITBOF offers two Restricted Stake Races for two-year-olds that are properly registered with the Department of Agriculture and have met all the nomination conditions.  The Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante for the fillies and The Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity for the colts.  Both are racing for purses estimated at $125,000.

Purse Supplement in Open Races: 

Yes, an owners award bonus is paid to any Illinois registered foal that comes in 1st – 3rd in certain open company races. 

Owners Awards: 

Yes - Illinois-registered thoroughbreds earned over $2.6 million in additional purse money!

An Owner’s Award is earned when an Illinois-Registered Thoroughbred finishes first, second or third in some types of OPEN RACES, including maiden special weights, allowance races, overnight handicaps and claiming races with a claiming price of $10,000 or more.  The Owner’s Award is 60% of the earned portion of the purse for an Illinois Conceived and Foaled Thoroughbred (IB) or 40% of the earned portion of the purse for an Illinois Foaled Thoroughbred (IF).

If the winner of the race is an Illinois Conceived and Foaled Thoroughbred (IB).

Gross Purse                                      $22,000

x 60% = Winner’s Share                   $13,200

x 60% = Owner’s Award                   $  7,920

The winner of the race gets               $21,120

If the winner of the race is an Illinois Foaled Thoroughbred (IF).

Gross Purse                                      $22,000

x 60% = Winner’s Share                   $13,200

x 40% = Owner’s Award                   $  5,280

The winner of the race gets              $18,480

If the second place finisher is an Illinois Conceived and Foaled Thoroughbred (IB).

Gross Purse                                      $22,000

x 20% = Second Place Share           $  4,400

x 60% = Owner’s Award                   $  2,640

The second place finisher gets           $7,040

If the second place finisher is an Illinois Foaled Thoroughbred (IF).

Gross Purse                                     $22,000

x 20% = Second Place Share          $  4,400

x 40% = Owner’s Award                  $  1,760

The second place finisher gets          $6,160

 

Breeders Awards: 

Yes - Over $1.6 million was paid out in 2012.

A Breeder’s Award is earned when an Illinois-Registered Thoroughbred wins any race in the State of Illinois.

The Breeder’s Award is 11.5% of the winner’s share of the base purse.  The WINNER’S SHARE of any race in Illinois is normally 60% of the purse.  The BASE PURSE is the amount put up by the purse account and does not include any funds added by the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders Fund, horsemen, Breeders’ Cup, etc.

Open Races - In an open race, the entire Breeder’s Award (11.5% of the winner’s share of the base purse) goes to the breeder of the winning horse (the winner’s share in an open race may also include part of an OWNER’S AWARD, if earned, paid from the purse account).

As an example, we will say that the base purse of an open allowance race is $22,000.  The base purse times 60% equals the winner’s share.  The winner’s share times 11.5% equals the Breeder’s Award.

Base Purse                           $22,000

X Winner’s Share (60%) =    $13,200

X 11.5% = Award                 $  1,518

Illinois Races - In a race restricted to Illinois Registered horses, the Breeder’s Award (11.5% of the winner’s share of the base purse) is divided among the first four place finishers.  The winner gets 60% of the Award; second, 20%; third, 15%; and fourth, 5%.

Again, as an example, we will use an allowance race, this time restricted to Illinois Registered horses.  The base purse of this race is $20,000.  The base purse times 60% equals the winner’s share.  The winner’s share times 11.5% equals the Breeder’s Award.

Base Purse                           $20,000

X Winner’s Share (60%) =    $12,000

X 11.5% = Award                 $  1,380

The Breeder’s Award in a restricted race is divided among the first four place finishers using the percentages as follows:

Breeder’s Award                    $1,380

X 60% To the Winner =         $   828

X 20% To Second =              $   276

X 15% To Third =                  $   207

X 5% to Fourth =                   $     69

 

Stallion Awards: 

Yes, if registered prior to May of 1995.  (Legislation pending on reinstatement of Stallion Awards.)

Out of State Awards: 

No

Breed-Back Rule: 

There is not a Breed-Back Rule unless your mare is entered in our Illinois-Foaled Breed-Back Program.

Illinois offers options for breeding and foaling your mares that other states might not offer.  We have our Illinois Conceived and Foaled Program but we also offer three Illinois Foaled-Only Programs.  The first Program is the Early-Arrival Program, the most popular of the three, we also offer a New Purchase Program and then our Breed-Back Program (details for this Program follow for your information under this Breed-Back Rule heading).  Visit our website for details on our options for registering your mare.

  http://www.agr.state.il.us/HorseRace/thoroughbreds.html

An Illinois Foaled Thoroughbred (Breed-Back Program), is a foal dropped in Illinois by a mare that arrived in Illinois before March 2 of the foaling year.

      1.   Request and submit an Illinois Breed-Back Mare Status Report to the Illinois Department of Agriculture

            on or before March 1 of the foaling year.

      2.   An eligible mare must be in Illinois on or before March 1.

      3.   The eligible mare may be inspected at an Illinois location.

      4.   Mares must remain continuously in Illinois until foaling and remain 30 days after foaling.

      5.   An Illinois Application for Foal Registration must be filed with the Department of Agriculture within 10 days of

            the foaling date.  The application will be mailed to the foaling location listed on the Mare Status Report.

      6.   Foals must be identified before leaving Illinois.

      7.   Mares must be bred to none other than an Illinois-registered stallion during the season of foaling.

      8.   Eligible foals’ Jockey Club Certificate of Registration must be submitted to and certified by the Illinois

            Department of Agriculture.

Distribution Purses: 

In 2012:

  • Over $2.8 million in purses were paid to owners in Illinois Restricted Stake Races.
  • Over $9.5 million in purses were paid to owners in Illinois Restricted Races.
  • In Open Races, the winners share of the purse was over $6.2 million.
  • At the county fair level, owners were paid $61,427.
Distribution Awards: 

In 2012:

  • Over $2.6 million was paid in addition to the purse to owners for Owners Awards.
  •  A small amount was distributed for Stallion Owners Awards but there is pending legislation to reinstate this Award.
  • Over $1.6 million was paid to our Illinois breeders.
Registration Fees: 

The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders Fund Program does not charge fees for registering your thoroughbreds.  However, if registration deadlines are not met there are late fines that will be applied.