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Even though Florida’s 2015 Legislative Session doesn’t begin until March 3, Florida’s horsemen don’t have a moment to lose in making sure our past performance doesn’t garner the dreaded “NF” (no factor) designation. Sequestered, guarded and mostly active during times the rest of the world is usually just awakening, the backstretch can be a magical...
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Two years ago, the Thoroughbred industry’s favorite newspaper, the New York Times, began its now annual “let’s bash horse racing series” right before the Kentucky Derby. This “All the news that’s fit to print” newspaper led of their assault on racing with a long article with the catchy title, Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys. In this...
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  July 1, 2014   Kent Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   Despite related court rulings and a written complaint filed with the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering by the United Florida Horsemen about the blatant misuse of a pari-mutuel permit issued to “South Marion Real Estate Holdings,” horse-based competitions are nevertheless scheduled to take place...
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By Kathy Davey   Meeting led by P.J. Campo Planning continues for the transition for Gulfstream’s management of racing operations at Calder Race Course. At Gulfstream Park, the new condition book is being developed at four days/week and higher purses (mirroring last summer’s levels). GP is working diligently with both Calder and the state to...
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By Kathy Davey   Meeting led by P.J. Campo. As we all know, a deal has been struck between Gulfstream Park and Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) on behalf of Calder. FHBPA president Phil Combest joined PJ in coordinating the discussion about what we know so far, and what we don’t.  Many issues are yet to...
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