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“Trying to pass a parimutuel bill in Florida is like throwing a side of beef into a shark tank,” former Florida Senate President Tom Lee once told the Sun-Sentinel.  Because even the simplest of proposed legislation can become a laden-down free-for-all by the time industry factions amend a bill with their respective agendas, it’s more than likely...
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As Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session gets underway with Interim Committee Weeks beginning December 11, longtime horsemen following the lawmaking process may be wondering where the traditional Senate Regulated Industries Committee has disappeared to. The 2018-2020 Senate President is veteran legislator Bill Galvano, whom some may recall was the primary architect of the 2010 Seminole Compact.   No stranger to...
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Look out South Florida; Natalie Fawkes is the new kid on the block. If her last name sounds familiar – it is. Her dad is David Fawkes veteran trainer and winner of almost 1,000 races and board member of the Florida HBPA. Natalie has gone from show horses to thoroughbreds. And she’s certainly off to...
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The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in Florida has now adopted the December 2014 version of the ARCI Recommended Penalties for medication violations which originally was to have started by statute in January of 2016. The new rule 61D-6.011 went into effect on September 5, 2018 and will apply to all positive tests beginning on that...
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Nine graduates received the title of “Groom Elite” on November 4, 2015 as they celebrated their completion of the nation’s only recognized horse groom certification program.  The latest installment culminated in the final assessment week and graduation held at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder) as a joint job training project of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent...
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