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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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The Missing Florida Bute Study

The Missing Florida Bute Study   By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director November 10, 2010   This year in early September, Dr. Larry Soma of the University of Pennsylvania sent his equine medication advise to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission and the Pennsylvania horsemen in a 16 page document titled “Summary of Medication Recommendations”.  On page 12 he began a review on phenylbutazone, commonly known as bute.  On page 13 he displayed a chart...
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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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