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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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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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