The Prolixin Problem February 15, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director Uniformity in medication rules still seems a long way off. The RMTC made some great strides and then began to bog down in some areas. Most notable was the promised development of thresholds for some forty plus commonly used therapeutic medications. Although promised to horsemen for years, they were pushed to the back burner and down the RMTC... Learn More
The Calder Herpes Quarantine February 15, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director On November 27th, a filly at Calder began showing signs of illness and was immediately shipped to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine where she was diagnosed with the Equine Herpes Virus, type 1 (EHV-1). Immediately, precautionary measures were begun at three barns at Calder to insure the risk of the virus spread was minimized. ... Learn More
Pure Thoughts and Horse Rescue By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director February 15, 2010 During the last year and a half, the FHBPA’s 501(c)(3), the Florida Horsemen’s Charitable Foundation, Inc, has donated well over $100,000 to horse rescue organizations. Calder Race Course has also contributed a substantial amount, and even with all their financial woes Gulfstream Park has contributed. The vast amount of these monies has gone to Pure Thoughts Inc’s Florida... Learn More
The Calder Casino February 1, 2010 Calder opened its beautiful new $85 million casino near the end of January, just before the Pro Bowl, which like the Super Bowl was played next door at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Land Shark/Dolphin/Sun Life Stadium. This roomy upscale casino has three restaurants and over 1,200 slot machines which are now earning purse money for next year’s overnights.
The “GOTCHA” Syndrome, Alive and Well January 14, 2010 By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director One of the inevitable things about drug and medication testing is that the sensitivity always increases. Thirty years ago, the initial screening of samples was done by Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), and medication detections below 1 part per million or one microgram/ml were unusual. Then, in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay, ELISA,... Learn More
The Gulfstream Flood By Kent H. Stirling, FHBPA Executive Director January 2010 Yes, flood and pestilence plagued South Florida in December only it was pestilence and flood, because a week before Christmas and just as the 21 day Herpes Virus quarantine was coming to an end at Calder the flood hit at Gulfstream Park. Tack rooms and stalls were swamped by two feet of water, prompting about a 100 horses to... Learn More