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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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July 2, 2012   The final hearing on whether the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering allowed “pari-mutuel barrel racing” as a new gambling product in Florida without enabling legislation, regulatory hearings or public input will be extended by two days, scheduled to resume August 22, 2012.   Originally scheduled for only three days in April...
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