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Thursday, March 21, 2013   Racing Dates As reported last week, there is still no resolution or significant progress in talks between Calder and Gulfstream. Regarding the possibility of running Mondays and Tuesdays from April through June, there is still no definite decision from the State of Florida. Summer Meet Currently there are over 2000...
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Purse Increase A 10% across the board Purse increase will go into effect Saturday March 16th. Racing Dates No significant progress in talks between Calder and Gulfstream. Tim Ritvo reiterated GP’s commitment to run 2 days/week beginning July 1.  Running on Mondays and Tuesdays from April through June is still a possibility.  A firm decision...
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By Kent H. Stirling March 12, 2013   As the economy slowly pulls itself out of the recent recession, we have two race tracks just seven miles apart that appear to be going in different directions.  One track has spent a huge amount on advertising horse racing on billboards, magazines, radios, and on every local...
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March 12, 2013   By Kent H. Stirling   For this issue’s Medication Corner, we have a follow up article on Lasix and the Breeders Cup by Drs. Kimberly Brewer and Tom Tobin.  The original article was written by Dr. Brewer.  After that article, I have listed all the therapeutic medications that will no longer...
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FHBPA/Calder Race Course Meeting Summary Notes   Present:  John Marshall, Phil Combest, Barry Rose, Larry Pilotti, Larry Bates, Richard Root, Gene Stevens, David Fawkes, Ron Spatz, Kathy Davey   The Paddock Circle will be resurfaced with white sand, as it is currently, down the middle lane. A rodent extermination “experiment” is currently being conducted in...
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October 1, 2012   Chaplain Tom LaPointe and his Assistant Chaplain, Alberto Grimaldi, have been busy as usual keeping those who live and work on the backside entertained.  During the Calder meet , Chaplain Tom and his  His Place Ministry volunteers have put on several barbeques sponsored by the FHBPA.  Tom also gives out 700...
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October 1, 2012   The 2012 renewal of the Summit of Speed, affectionately known as the SOS because that’s the distress signal the purse pool’s overnights give off after these stakes are run, consisted of stakes races totaling $1.3 million, up $250,000 from the 2011 edition of the SOS.  That’s the bad news.  The good...
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October 1, 2012   By Kent H. Stirling   On July 12th, I was invited by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV to testify in front of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for which he is the Chairman.  His committee was holding a hearing on “Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing.”  This hearing...
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October 1, 2012   The Claiming Crown is a joint venture between the National HBPA and TOBA that was actually a product of a conversation between then National HBPA President, Bill Walmsley and TOBA President, Drew Couto, that took place after a Jockey Club Round Table meeting in the mid-nineties.  It was thought the races...
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Present: Mike Anifantis, Larry Bates, Joe Calascibetta, Phil Combest, Kathy Davey, Dr. Patty Marquis, John Marshall, Larry Pilotti, Richard Root, Barry Rose, Gene Stevens, Kent Stirling   Glass Bottles – Glass beverage containers, many of them broken, have been littered around the backside area lately. Besides the fact that littering is “not okay,” this glass...
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