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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 before post time in all United States racing jurisdictions.  It is also legal on race day in Canada, South America...
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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% increase.   Total average purses paid was $383, 979 up $61,613 per day over 2010’s $322, 356 or up over 19%. ...
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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 to three year terms were Richard Root and newly elected William Kaplan.  Serving one year terms as Alternates were Owner...
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A New Option for the Industry:  Equinesavings.com   April 1, 2011   If competition is good, then horse industry organizations, racetracks and other businesses should be happy to see the emergence of a new company designed to use the power of group purchasing to help them save money.   Steve Andersen, well known to many farm owners and racetrack executives through his work with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s group purchasing arm, NTRA Advantage (and...
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Now Even More Savings for All Horsemen   February 11, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     Innovative Equine Marketing, LLC has just been created by Steve Andersen and is now offering horsemen preferred pricing on products from companies he has partnered with, currently Toro and its ExMark Division and Boston Steel.  More companies will be signed up soon.   This equine savings program delivers real savings to horsemen and their horsemen’s...
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Gulfstream Park Off to a Strong Start   February 11, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     A third of the way through its 2011 race meet, Gulfstream’s numbers are up–way up.  Which numbers you might ask?  The ones that display a track’s true success, numbers like live on track handle and interstate simulcasting numbers on the live race programs.  On track live handle numbers are up between 11% and 13% depending...
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