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Gulfstream Park Off to a Strong Start

Gulfstream Park Off to a Strong Start   February 11, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     A third of the way through its 2011 race meet, Gulfstream’s numbers are up–way up.  Which numbers you might ask?  The ones that display a track’s true success, numbers like live on track handle and interstate simulcasting numbers on the live race programs.  On track live handle numbers are up between 11% and 13% depending...
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Florida Thoroughbred Retirement Group has Successful Fundraiser

Florida Thoroughbred Retirement Group has Successful Fundraiser   February 11, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     A fundraising event for retired Thoroughbred race horses that ended their racing careers at either Calder or Gulfstream Park was held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino.  It was hosted by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), Gulfstream Park and Florida TRAC, (Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care), the event...
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Another Rout for Florida Breds in Sunshine Millions

Another Rout for Florida Breds in Sunshine Millions   February 11, 2011 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     The Sunshine Millions has been run now for nine years.  And for nine years the Florida Breds have defeated the California Breds on a 5-3-1 point scoring system for first, second and third.  This year the Florida Breds prevailed 33-21, although I did read a San Francisco paper that tried to make it a...
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Common Sense Medication Testing: R.I.P.

Common Sense Medication Testing: R.I.P.   By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director February 11, 2011   “My answer is that you should stay in a common sense situation, and as soon as the techniques lead you into nonsense, you should reverse. The philosophy must produce the technique, and the technique must not produce the philosophy” (emphasis added).  So stated, Dr. Roland Devolz of France, then with the Societe D’Encouragement and now the International Federation...
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Calder Horses Account for Two Breeders’ Cup Races

Calder Horses Account for Two Breeders’ Cup Races   November 10, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director     After Calder horses had displayed their mettle at their home track in July by accounting for six of the seven Summit of Speed races, they displayed it again in this years Breeders’ Cup.  Ironically they did it with the same trainers that had won Summit of Speed Stakes.  Stanley Gold had saddled Fred Brei’s...
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