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Former Florida HBPA Vice President, Tim Ritvo, Hired by MID

Former Florida HBPA Vice President, Tim Ritvo, Hired by MID   November 10, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     This spring MI Developments (MID) picked up most of the bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corporation (MEC) properties.  The Chairman of both companies was and is Frank Stronach.   In November of 2000, Stronach tapped the then Florida HBPA President, Scott Savin, to be President and General Manager of Gulfstream Park.  Scott served in...
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Groom Elite

Groom Elite   November 10, 2010   For the fourth consecutive year, Calder and the Florida HBPA held Groom Elite 101 and 201 classes conducted at Calder by Dr. Reed McClellan.  The 101 Groom Elite program graduated 22 grooms.  Most of the 101 graduates participated in the 201 course with 14 of them graduating.  Calder and the Florida HBPA split the cost of these most worthwhile classes for those desiring to be the best grooms...
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FHBPA NOMINATING AND GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

FHBPA NOMINATING AND GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING   November 10, 2010   The FHBPA board approved the nominating/election committee – Teresa Palmer, Larry Pilotti, Manny Tortora (alternates – Kent Stirling, Wanda Stirling, Patricia Jernigan).   The nominees for the 2011 FHBPA election are: owners – Chester Bishop, Rohan Crichton, Kathy Davey, Sam Gordon, Adam Lazarus, Curtis Mikkelsen, Gene Stevens – trainers – Ron Gaffney, Bob Jeffries, Bill Kaplan, Herbert Miller, Terry Oliver, Richard Root, Ralph Ziadie....
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Summit of Success for Calder Horsemen

Summit of Success for Calder Horsemen   August 12, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     On July 10th, Calder again held the 1.35 million dollar Summit of Speed (or the “SOS”).  The Summit of Speed consisted of seven sprint races of six furlongs or less comprised of one Grade 1, two Grade II’s and one Grade III stake races.  In the past, Calder horsemen for the most part believed the acronym...
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Slots Update

Slots Update   August 12, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     I recently was told that Calder had already made a $100 million on slots through July 31, 2010, and they were only paying out a small amount to purses.  A good story but like most emanating from the backside, not to factual.  In fact, Calder’s net revenue for the year won’t get close to $100,000,000.  Through July 31, 2010, Calder’s...
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Backside Doings

Backside Doings   August 12, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     The Calder Soccer League again has six teams made up of grooms, exercise riders, hot walkers and Calder employees.  The teams play every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on the training track field.   As well as the Soccer League, Chaplain LaPointe’s His Place Ministries also runs a pool tournament that also has six teams competing for prizes and trophies. ...
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