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Bonita Wins Panama City in Upset

By Jim Freer The many bettors who overlooked Bonita received a big surprise when she charged from last place entering the stretch and won Sunday’s $50,000 Panama City Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Bonita, at 9-1, won by a length over Josdesanimaux, at 5-2, in the one-mile turf race for Florida-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.  With Edgard Zayas riding, Bonita covered the distance in 1:36.26 on the course listed as firm. The victory was...
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Read What National Horse Racing Media Has To Say About Florida’s Misguided “Decoupling” Proposal

Top national Thoroughbred turfwriter Tom LaMarra noted in his September 29, 2015 column that “Efforts by casino operators and lawmakers to back away from the original intent of laws that linked approval for gaming to live pari-mutuel racing—some of the legislation has titles that expressly mention preservation of horse racing and breeding—are nothing new. In […]

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Action on Gretna Racing Slot Machine Ruling Cheered by Florida’s Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners and Trainers

In response to the news that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has requested a full-court rehearing of a recent ruling allowing slot machines at Gretna Racing LLC, Florida’s Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers agreed that, without such intervention, the result of allowing the earlier decision to stand would indeed be a “jaw-dropping gambling expansion.” Representing more than 6,000 […]

Florida Horse Racing Trainer Bonus–FHBPA‬ Fuels ‪‎Gulfstream Park‬ $250 Incentive; Track to Cover Florida Horse Shipping, Return Expenses

Have you heard? ‪#‎FHBPA‬ Partnership Fuels ‪#‎GulfstreamPark‬ $250 Trainer Incentive; Track to Cover Certain Shipping Expenses The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Backstretch Fund will provide the “seed money” for the $250 trainer starter bonus recently announced by Gulfstream Park. The $250 bonus begins July 1 and runs through October 1, 2015. Note:  At least eight (8) horses must leave the […]