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Florida “Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing” Hearing To Be Extended by Two Days Resuming August 22, 2012

July 2, 2012   The final hearing on whether the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering allowed “pari-mutuel barrel racing” as a new gambling product in Florida without enabling legislation, regulatory hearings or public input will be extended by two days, scheduled to resume August 22, 2012.   Originally scheduled for only three days in April 2012, the administrative proceeding reached its seventh day of testimony on Friday, June 29, 2012.   For the hearing, Gretna...
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FHBPA Election

May 21, 2012 The Florida HBPA had its annual election on March 15th at which time five Directors were elected to the 15-person Board, to serve three year terms.  Incumbent, Teresa Palmer was elected to another term as an owner.  New owners elected to the Board were Celia Fawkes and Karla Wolfson.  Returning to the Board for another three year term were trainers, Barry Rose and Larry Pilotti.  Adam Lazarus was elected as the owner...
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Purses Set Record at Gulfstream Park

May 21, 2012   Gulfstream Park recently concluded their most successful race meet ever from a horsemen’s prospective.  Overnight purses paid during the 87 day meet just missed hitting the $300,000 per day level with actual total overnights paid at $299,991. Last year during a 79 day meet, average paid overnights were $274,547.  Total daily purses paid for the 2011/2012 meet were $405,971 while those paid for the 2011 meet were $383,979.   For the...
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The National HBPA Convention

May 21, 2012   By Kent H. Stirling   The National HBPA Convention held last January in Hollywood Beach, Florida was a great success as those of you who attended already know, and those of you who could not attend in person certainly were able to discern from reading about it in the last issue of the Horsemen’s Journal.  Great panels were held on, among others, Wagering and Alternative Gaming, Legislative Affairs, Immigration and, of...
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The Lion of Winter Roars Earlier This Year

May 21, 2012   Every year as the self-proclaimed Czar of Winter Simulcasting, I track the wagering dollars per race on the five strongest signals that operate during the winter when Gulfstream is racing.  I have been performing this exercise that probably no one cares about but me since some media types wrote about the continually deteriorating racing taking place at Gulfstream Park.  The year was 2000, and I was curious where the best racing...
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