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The following editorial opinion by FHBPA President Phil Combest was published in the Sun-Sentinel on March 11, 2014     Horse racing in Florida is a billion-dollar industry.  Its huge economic impact is much larger, for example, than another, much-coveted leisure industry–spring training baseball.   Horse racing employs many thousands of Floridians year ’round all...
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Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   March 4, 2014   As the Florida Senate Gaming Committee began deliberation on hundreds of pages of proposed new gambling and pari-mutuel laws at its meeting on March 3, 2014, word of a strange construction project in South Marion County has the area near The Villages buzzing about...
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February 26, 2014 By Kent H. Stirling   At the National HBPA Convention in Pasadena during our Horsemen’s Roundtable Forum, Joe Morris,   President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California  (TOC),  was lamenting that race weeks had shrunk from sometimes six race days,  to five days and now most race weeks were four days long.  I...
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Kent H. Stirling February 20, 2014   It seems the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI or just RCI) were in a great hurry to institute the adoption of the “Terrific 24” Controlled Therapeutic Substances throughout the United States by January 1, 2014.  It was also hoped...
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Meeting led by P.J. Campo ~ 22 attendees   Update on South Florida Racing.  No deal yet.  Talks continue on both the local and corporate levels.   Track/barn/stall Issues: Color of “Loose horse” warning lights will be changed to “Red.” Two-year-olds will be allowed in after trainers talk with PJ and there is room in...
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