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Carlos E. Medina, Ocala Star Banner November 21, 2011   In a small North Florida town of fewer than 2,000 people, a firestorm is brewing over the future of Florida horse racing and the hundreds of millions of dollars it generates annually.   In mid-October, the Florida Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering granted a license to...
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November 21, 2011   “The Quarter Horse crowd claims that lowly barrel racing is just a cheaper vehicle for Gretna Racing to qualify for poker rooms and slot machines. Of course, the Thoroughbred folks said the same thing about Quarter Horse tracks. They’re both right. Gambling conglomerates, if they could get slots and card rooms and table...
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By Kent H. Stirling November 21, 2011   Only Florida could permit something like this to legally take place.  But I live in Florida and we are on the verge of having our first pari-mutuel barrel racing facility in the town of Gretna in northern Florida, and so far it is completely legal according to...
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November 21, 2011   Bill Kaplan kept Calder’s winning streak alive in Breeder’s Cup races with the impressive performance turned in by Musical Romance in the Filly and Mare Sprint.  Last year trainers Stan Gold and David Fawkes each won Breeders’ Cup races with Awesome Feather and Big Drama respectively.  This year neither trainer fared...
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By Eric Mitchell, The Blood-Horse November 1, 2011   The state of Florida is either on the cutting edge of the pari-mutuel sports industry or being manipulated to fatten the pockets of a few creative investors.   Last month, the Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering gave approval for a company called Gretna Racing LLC to...
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August 16, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   This year’s renewal of the Summit of Speed came within a neck of being yet another  Calder sweep of the four Graded Stakes as was accomplished last year. This good fortune for Calder horsemen was on top of recent overnight purse increases of  7...
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August 16, 2011   In mid July,  Sammy Gordon who had been an FHBPA board member for eleven years, the last six and a half as President, tendered his resignation.  Sam was a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is currently the CEO of West Indies Tropical Sales Company.  He was the...
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August 16, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   A lot has happened in the last few months dealing generally with race day medication and specifically with Lasix/Salix.  Lasix, I can’t bring myself to call it Salix after all these years, is permitted to be administered to race horses three to four hours...
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August 2, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   Gulfstream had yet another good meet in 2011; maybe great when compared to what was going on at other tracks around the country.  Overnight purses paid were up from $221, 540 to $271,553 or in excess of $50,013 per day over 2010, a 22.5%...
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August 2, 2011   The Board of Directors of the FHBPA met on Thursday night at Gulfstream Park to seat their new Board Members and elect their officers for the next year.  Seated as Owner Directors to three year terms were Sammy Gordon and new comers, Kathy Davey and Gene Stevens.  Seated as Trainer Directors...
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