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FINALLY!  A Tax Break on Slots . . .   May 27, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     This year’s Florida Legislative session brought the long awaited tax break on slots to Florida’s beleaguered Pari-mutuel facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.  This reduction of the onerous 50% gross tax on slots...
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Medication Update   By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director May 27, 2010   The week of April 12, 2010 was a very interesting week in Lexington and not just because the 800 lb gorilla, Keeneland, was in action once again.  For me it was most interesting because the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC)...
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Sammy Gordon Unanimous Choice as FHBPA President, Again!   March 29, 2010   In its annual election, the FHBPA membership voted for 5 Board Members for its 15 person Board.  The 2010 election found owners Phil Combest and William Wright again being re-elected to another three year term.  Also elected to a three year term...
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The Prolixin Problem   February 15, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     Uniformity in medication rules still seems a long way off.   The RMTC made some great strides and then began to bog down in some areas.  Most notable was the promised development of thresholds for some forty plus commonly...
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The Calder Herpes Quarantine   February 15, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     On November 27th, a filly at Calder began showing signs of illness and was immediately shipped to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine where she was diagnosed with the Equine Herpes Virus, type 1 (EHV-1).  ...
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Pure Thoughts and Horse Rescue By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   February 15, 2010   During the last year and a half, the FHBPA’s 501(c)(3), the Florida Horsemen’s Charitable Foundation, Inc, has donated well over $100,000 to horse rescue organizations.  Calder Race Course has also contributed a substantial amount, and even with all...
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The Calder Casino   February 1, 2010   Calder opened its beautiful new $85 million casino near the end of January, just before the Pro Bowl, which like the Super Bowl was played next door at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Land Shark/Dolphin/Sun Life Stadium.  This roomy upscale casino has three restaurants and over 1,200 slot machines which...
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The “GOTCHA” Syndrome, Alive and Well   January 14, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     One of the inevitable things about drug and medication testing is that the sensitivity always increases.  Thirty years ago, the initial screening of samples was done by Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), and medication detections below 1...
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The Gulfstream Flood   By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   January 2010   Yes, flood and pestilence plagued South Florida in December only it was pestilence and flood, because a week before Christmas and just as the 21 day Herpes Virus quarantine was coming to an end at Calder the flood hit at...
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