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Florida Thoroughbred Owners And Trainers Bedding Down Into Horse Shavings Business

Aside from the cost of hay and feed, one of the biggest expenses in horse care is usually bedding–the soft, wood shavings that line the inside of stalls to keep horses clean and comfortable. “With our membership of nearly 6,000 racehorse owners and trainers doing business in Florida, and a horse population of nearly 3,500 […]

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Calder Casino May Lose Slots License

Churchill Downs Inc.'s Calder Casino in South Florida is in danger of losing its slots license after an administrative law judge ruled that the operation is not compliant with state law because of the absence of a “contiguous and connected” building from which to conduct wagering on live racing. Without compliant live racing, Calder would […]

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FTBOA, OBS Join Florida HBPA In Fight To Block Calder’s Horse Racing To Jai-Alai Swap

Florida's Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers—members of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (“FHBPA”)—noted a Florida Administrative Court's approval for two key horse racing industry organizations to join their ongoing fight against Calder Casino and Race Course's (“Calder's”) so-called pari-mutuel “permit swap.” In an Order issued May 7, 2019, Judge Darren A. Schwartz cleared the way for […]

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Florida HBPA Sues State Regulators, Calder Race Course Over Jai Alai Permit

The same bureaucrats in Tallahassee, Fla., who define a “horse race” as two equines ambling down a dirt path at a snail's pace have been sued by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for giving Calder Race Course a summer jai alai permit that will allow the Churchill Downs Inc.-owned track to stiff Thoroughbred […]

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A ‘Sidewalk’ Between Them? Florida Horsemen, Calder Do Battle In Court

A Florida judge heard arguments Tuesday from horsemen and state gambling regulators over whether Calder Race Course should legally be able to maintain its slots license. At issue is a state law that says slot machine areas must remain “contiguous and connected” to the area where live races are taking place. It a lawsuit, the […]

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‘Unlimited Potential’: Three-Way Deal A Big Boost To Florida-Bred Program

P.J. Campo calls the recently-signed agreement between Gulfstream Park, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association (FTBOA) and Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) “a new beginning with unlimited potential.” “We're moving in an exciting direction with this agreement,” said Campo, Vice President of Racing for Gulfstream Park and The Stronach Group. The tri-party […]

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Screnci New Florida HBPA President After White Resigns From Board

Bill White, president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association since March 2015, has resigned from the organization's board of directors, Florida HBPA executive director Glen Berman confirmed on Thursday. White's resignation from the board automatically ended his term as president. Owner director Stephen Screnci, an attorney who had been serving as the Florida […]

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