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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 be permitted in the race horse.  Most of you have seen the list of the so called “Controlled Therapeutic Medications,”...
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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 a few barns on the backside. If successful, it will be extended to all the barns. The specialist was recently...
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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 pounds of sandwiches on the backside each week that he gets from the Food Bank.   Recently Tom created a...
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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 news is that Calder horsemen won all but one of the six races, winning an impressive $922,160 of the total...
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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 was more or less the Senate version of the House’s Health Subcommittee that met at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on April...
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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 could be run in Alabama, at recently closed Birmingham Downs to return live racing to that venue.  When that idea...
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