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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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Medication Update

Medication Update   By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director May 27, 2010   The week of April 12, 2010 was a very interesting week in Lexington and not just because the 800 lb gorilla, Keeneland, was in action once again.  For me it was most interesting because the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) had their meeting followed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International and the National HBPA executive committee meeting.   The RMTC...
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Sammy Gordon Unanimous Choice as FHBPA President, Again!

Sammy Gordon Unanimous Choice as FHBPA President, Again!   March 29, 2010   In its annual election, the FHBPA membership voted for 5 Board Members for its 15 person Board.  The 2010 election found owners Phil Combest and William Wright again being re-elected to another three year term.  Also elected to a three year term was owner Tom Cannell who will serve his first term on the FHBPA Board.  Trainers Rosemary Homeister and Harry Benson...
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The Prolixin Problem

The Prolixin Problem   February 15, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     Uniformity in medication rules still seems a long way off.   The RMTC made some great strides and then began to bog down in some areas.  Most notable was the promised development of thresholds for some forty plus commonly used therapeutic medications.  Although promised to horsemen for years, they were pushed to the back burner and down the RMTC...
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