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Gulfstream Park officials have confirmed that a Tapeta track will be installed on the outer half of the current turf course, with construction slated to begin June 7. The installation is expected to be completed in August. “We are refreshing the inner turf course now,” said Billy Badgett, Executive Director of Florida Racing Operations. “After...
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The Department of Health will be coming to Gulfstream Park on Tuesday, May 25, to administer Pfizer Covid-19 vaccinations to owners, trainers and backstretch employees. The second dose will follow in three weeks from that date.   The vaccination center will be set up in the Backside Cantina, next to the Backside Security Office (as...
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The Florida HBPA-sponsored Recreation Program for the Backstretch Community, on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, celebrated its first event in more than a year with a trip to Rapids Water Park in West Palm Beach on Tuesday. Pastor Tom LaPointe, who directs the program, organized 43 backstretch workers and their families for the day...
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Florida Politics: Two House bills weaving the legal framework for the Seminole Compact’s impact on horse racing and on fantasy sports betting won approval Monday from the House Select Subcommittee on Authorized Gaming Activity. Both bills, Republican Rep. Chris Latvala‘s HB 7A for decoupling casinos from pari-mutuel betting and Republican Rep. Josie Tomkow‘s HB 9A for fantasy sports, seek to create...
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