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Slots Update

Slots Update   August 12, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     I recently was told that Calder had already made a $100 million on slots through July 31, 2010, and they were only paying out a small amount to purses.  A good story but like most emanating from the backside, not to factual.  In fact, Calder’s net revenue for the year won’t get close to $100,000,000.  Through July 31, 2010, Calder’s...
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Backside Doings

Backside Doings   August 12, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     The Calder Soccer League again has six teams made up of grooms, exercise riders, hot walkers and Calder employees.  The teams play every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on the training track field.   As well as the Soccer League, Chaplain LaPointe’s His Place Ministries also runs a pool tournament that also has six teams competing for prizes and trophies. ...
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“Bute – 5 mcg/ml . . . to be or not to be”

“Bute – 5 mcg/ml . . . to be or not to be”   By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   August 11, 2010   Some 400 years later, I’m sure Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet didn’t foresee his famous words being used in the topic of a panel discussion between those who advocate maintaining the phenylbutazone  threshold of 5 mcg/ml in the thoroughbred race horse and those that wish to see it lowered to 2...
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Gulfstream Park, the Lion of Winter Simulcasting Overcomes a Poor Start to win Handily

Gulfstream Park, the Lion of Winter Simulcasting Overcomes a Poor Start to win Handily   By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director May 27, 2010   Yes, it’s that time of year again when I analyze the top five winter track’s out-of-state simulcasting numbers.  These numbers are harder to get every year as more and more tracks follow the CDI (Churchill Downs) policy of let’s not print handle numbers unless they are really sensational, i.e....
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FINALLY! A Tax Break on Slots . . .

FINALLY!  A Tax Break on Slots . . .   May 27, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     This year’s Florida Legislative session brought the long awaited tax break on slots to Florida’s beleaguered Pari-mutuel facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.  This reduction of the onerous 50% gross tax on slots to 35% means a rather nice increase to overnight purses, at least to the purses at Calder and Gulfstream on...
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