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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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THANKS SAMMY; WELCOME TO YOUR NEW POSITION PHIL

August 16, 2011   In mid July,  Sammy Gordon who had been an FHBPA board member for eleven years, the last six and a half as President, tendered his resignation.  Sam was a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is currently the CEO of West Indies Tropical Sales Company.  He was the former CEO of Del Monte Fresh Produce.   Sammy was known as a fierce, hard-nosed negotiator made that apparent in...
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ARE WE WINNING THE LASIX WAR ?

August 16, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   A lot has happened in the last few months dealing generally with race day medication and specifically with Lasix/Salix.  Lasix, I can’t bring myself to call it Salix after all these years, is permitted to be administered to race horses three to four hours before post time in all United States racing jurisdictions.  It is also legal on race day in Canada, South America...
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Gulfstream Has Impressive Race Meet

August 2, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director   Gulfstream had yet another good meet in 2011; maybe great when compared to what was going on at other tracks around the country.  Overnight purses paid were up from $221, 540 to $271,553 or in excess of $50,013 per day over 2010, a 22.5% increase.   Total average purses paid was $383, 979 up $61,613 per day over 2010’s $322, 356 or up over 19%. ...
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Sammy Gordon Elected FHBPA President for Seventh Term by Acclamation

August 2, 2011   The Board of Directors of the FHBPA met on Thursday night at Gulfstream Park to seat their new Board Members and elect their officers for the next year.  Seated as Owner Directors to three year terms were Sammy Gordon and new comers, Kathy Davey and Gene Stevens.  Seated as Trainer Directors to three year terms were Richard Root and newly elected William Kaplan.  Serving one year terms as Alternates were Owner...
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A New Option for the Industry: Equinesavings.com

A New Option for the Industry:  Equinesavings.com   April 1, 2011   If competition is good, then horse industry organizations, racetracks and other businesses should be happy to see the emergence of a new company designed to use the power of group purchasing to help them save money.   Steve Andersen, well known to many farm owners and racetrack executives through his work with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s group purchasing arm, NTRA Advantage (and...
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