Harnessracing.com has learned that all monies still owed from 2009 from the state of Illinois for races held at Du Quoin and Springfield will likely remain unpaid. Because of budget issues, the state paid only half the purses to owners of horses that earned money racing at the two state fair tracks last year (the trainer and driver fees were taken off the top).
Sources told harnessracing.com that they have been told that because there are no funds available to complete the payments, the only action to receive possible compensation would be to file a lawsuit and go to court. The races involved include the $540,000 World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin as well as the Reviews at Springfield.
A phone call has been placed to Illinois Department of Agriculture director Tom Jennings, and any response will be posted when available.