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Jay Hovdey: Why stop with barrel racing in Florida?

November 21, 2011   “The Quarter Horse crowd claims that lowly barrel racing is just a cheaper vehicle for Gretna Racing to qualify for poker rooms and slot machines. Of course, the Thoroughbred folks said the same thing about Quarter Horse tracks. They’re both right. Gambling conglomerates, if they could get slots and card rooms and table games, would happily reduce their parimutuels to hermit crab races.” – columnist Fred Grimm, Miami Herald   The technicality of...
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Florida’s Gretna Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing License Approval Turns State Into Casino “Whack-A-Mole”

By Kent H. Stirling November 21, 2011   Only Florida could permit something like this to legally take place.  But I live in Florida and we are on the verge of having our first pari-mutuel barrel racing facility in the town of Gretna in northern Florida, and so far it is completely legal according to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel  Wagering  (DPMW).   You might ask yourself, “Boy, some people in Florida must really love...
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Calder Horse Wins Yet Another Breeders’ Cup Race

November 21, 2011   Bill Kaplan kept Calder’s winning streak alive in Breeder’s Cup races with the impressive performance turned in by Musical Romance in the Filly and Mare Sprint.  Last year trainers Stan Gold and David Fawkes each won Breeders’ Cup races with Awesome Feather and Big Drama respectively.  This year neither trainer fared as well, but trainer/owner Bill Kaplan did as he saddled 20-1 shot Musical Romance to a gutty victory for his...
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Barrel Rolled

By Eric Mitchell, The Blood-Horse November 1, 2011   The state of Florida is either on the cutting edge of the pari-mutuel sports industry or being manipulated to fatten the pockets of a few creative investors.   Last month, the Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering gave approval for a company called Gretna Racing LLC to use a Quarter Horse racing permit to conduct pari-mutuel barrel racing at a venue in Gretna, Fla., a rural Panhandle...
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Summit of Speed

August 16, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   This year’s renewal of the Summit of Speed came within a neck of being yet another  Calder sweep of the four Graded Stakes as was accomplished last year. This good fortune for Calder horsemen was on top of recent overnight purse increases of  7 ½ % and 5 %.  But let’s get back to the Summit of Speed.  Twelve shippers ran on the drying...
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