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The Old, Broken-Down Horse Trainer Goes To Washington

October 1, 2012   By Kent H. Stirling   On July 12th, I was invited by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV to testify in front of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for which he is the Chairman.  His committee was holding a hearing on “Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing.”  This hearing was more or less the Senate version of the House’s Health Subcommittee that met at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on April...
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The 2012 Claiming Crown Comes To Gulfstream

October 1, 2012   The Claiming Crown is a joint venture between the National HBPA and TOBA that was actually a product of a conversation between then National HBPA President, Bill Walmsley and TOBA President, Drew Couto, that took place after a Jockey Club Round Table meeting in the mid-nineties.  It was thought the races could be run in Alabama, at recently closed Birmingham Downs to return live racing to that venue.  When that idea...
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Present: Mike Anifantis, Larry Bates, Joe Calascibetta, Phil Combest, Kathy Davey, Dr. Patty Marquis, John Marshall, Larry Pilotti, Richard Root, Barry Rose, Gene Stevens, Kent Stirling   Glass Bottles – Glass beverage containers, many of them broken, have been littered around the backside area lately. Besides the fact that littering is “not okay,” this glass can cause serious injury, especially to horses’ unprotected feet.  Beginning with Condition Book 3, it will be noted in the...
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Florida “Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing” Hearing To Be Extended by Two Days Resuming August 22, 2012

July 2, 2012   The final hearing on whether the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering allowed “pari-mutuel barrel racing” as a new gambling product in Florida without enabling legislation, regulatory hearings or public input will be extended by two days, scheduled to resume August 22, 2012.   Originally scheduled for only three days in April 2012, the administrative proceeding reached its seventh day of testimony on Friday, June 29, 2012.   For the hearing, Gretna...
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FHBPA Election

May 21, 2012 The Florida HBPA had its annual election on March 15th at which time five Directors were elected to the 15-person Board, to serve three year terms.  Incumbent, Teresa Palmer was elected to another term as an owner.  New owners elected to the Board were Celia Fawkes and Karla Wolfson.  Returning to the Board for another three year term were trainers, Barry Rose and Larry Pilotti.  Adam Lazarus was elected as the owner...
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Purses Set Record at Gulfstream Park

May 21, 2012   Gulfstream Park recently concluded their most successful race meet ever from a horsemen’s prospective.  Overnight purses paid during the 87 day meet just missed hitting the $300,000 per day level with actual total overnights paid at $299,991. Last year during a 79 day meet, average paid overnights were $274,547.  Total daily purses paid for the 2011/2012 meet were $405,971 while those paid for the 2011 meet were $383,979.   For the...
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