New ‘Summer Contract’ Signed Between Gulfstream, Horsemen

by | 07.17.2013 | 8:03am

Gulfstream Park announced Tuesday that it has signed a contract with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) that will begin immediately and run through November 28, 2013.

The contract signed between Gulfstream and the FHBPA is for race purses and other operational matters. The contract for summer racing is separate from the contract for Gulfstream's Champions Meet and will not affect the purses for the traditional season that begins November 29.

“Our agreement with the FHBPA reflects our common goals to build a stronger summer Thoroughbred program in Florida,” said Gulfstream Park President Tim Ritvo. “We're proud of what we've accomplished after just six summer racing days. We can see excitement and energy growing and we can't wait to build on that over the next several months.”

FHBPA President Phil Combest said: “The FHBPA Board of Directors is extremely pleased with the agreement we reached with Gulfstream.  Not only are its conditions fair to the horsemen, but the contract includes incentives which address the ever rising costs of workers compensation insurance.  And so far, all indications are that this is going to be a successful first summer season.”

  • Richard C

    You can’t keep track of this mess without a scorecard. But the railbirds and other fans don’t need to purchase a program and pencil….since they are – and will always be – on the outside….looking in – if allowed to get that close to the window.

    • CJP

      What mess? Horsemen have a contract, unlike that other place. Horse owners can now go to a nice venue to watch their horses run. And railbirds and other fans have pools three and four times bigger to bet into than at that other place.

      • Jacob Sellber

        GP seems to be making all the right moves, but the racing there is HORRIBLE right now. Same cruddy cards we’re used to seeing at CRC, just with different gift wrapping. If you take horses from Turf Paradise and run em at Santa Anita, they’re still Turf Paradise-level horses.


  • Sue M. Chapman

    Great News!

  • Tipton

    Agree 100%. Tell Gulfstream to wake me up in December.

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