Serving Florida's Thoroughbred Horse Racing Owners, Trainers and Horsemen


Gulfstream Park Opens in December for the First Time

February 17, 2012   So how did that December date swap between Calder and Gulfstream Park work out for horsemen?  If you recall, essentially to avert a dates war last year, Calder gave up most of December to Gulfstream Park and in return Calder received most of April from Gulfstream.  This period of new dates for Gulfstream began on Saturday, December 3rd and continued to January 4th as Gulfstream opened on January 5th last year. ...
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February 17, 2012   Often you will hear those proponents of banning Lasix state something to the effect that, “Before  we started permitting Lasix on race day our horses were making an average of over 9  starts per year, and now they barely average 6 starts.”  This is true.  In the mid-1970s when Lasix began to be used in America, horses were averaging over 9 starts, and now they are barely above 6 starts per...
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TOBA: “No Lasix for Two Year Old Graded Stakes!”

February 17, 2012   In 1972, European authorities began their Pattern race system whereby the highest quality black-type events were identified.  The Europeans wanted something similar done in North America so the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, TOBA, took on the grading of races in 1973. In 1981, international auction houses, national breeders’ organizations and racing authorities formed the International Cataloguing Standards Committee to achieve uniformity throughout the world, and by doing so they recognized...
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State of Florida Using Taxpayer Dollars to Defend Gretna Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing Unwanted Expansion

December 13, 2011   While the State of Florida grapples with a $2 billion budget deficit, one of its top regulatory agencies is simultaneously expending untold taxpayer funds to escalate and exacerbate a costly legal battle to defend the expansion of gambling, to which Florida’s top-ranking state legislators have repeatedly voiced their increasing opposition during the past several weeks.   During early December 2011, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation released dozens of...
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Firestorm brewing over future of Florida horse racing

Carlos E. Medina, Ocala Star Banner November 21, 2011   In a small North Florida town of fewer than 2,000 people, a firestorm is brewing over the future of Florida horse racing and the hundreds of millions of dollars it generates annually.   In mid-October, the Florida Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering granted a license to Gretna Racing to hold a first-of-its-kind pari-mutuel barrel-racing meet.   Gretna is located about 30 miles west of Tallahassee, near...
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Jay Hovdey: Why stop with barrel racing in Florida?

November 21, 2011   “The Quarter Horse crowd claims that lowly barrel racing is just a cheaper vehicle for Gretna Racing to qualify for poker rooms and slot machines. Of course, the Thoroughbred folks said the same thing about Quarter Horse tracks. They’re both right. Gambling conglomerates, if they could get slots and card rooms and table games, would happily reduce their parimutuels to hermit crab races.” – columnist Fred Grimm, Miami Herald   The technicality of...
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