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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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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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Sept. 24 Hearing Date Set For Florida HBPA Lawsuit Challenging Calder’s Jai Alai Permit

An order was entered on Thursday that sets Sept. 24, 2018, as the hearing date for the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association’s lawsuit challenging the validity of the summer jai alai permit given to Calder in February of this year. The issue in the case, styled the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc. […]

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Gulfstream Announces Incentive Program For Spring/Summer, Daily Purses Could Reach $300,000

Gulfstream Park has announced plans to build on the success of Florida’s year-round racing program during the upcoming Spring/Summer Meets through lucrative incentives for both Florida-bred and open-company horses. One week after releasing a record stakes program worth $4.1 million, Gulfstream officials have released a $1 million incentives program that will further enhance the purses […]

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As Florida Lawmakers Race To Pass Gambling Bill, Churchill Downs And Calder Look Toward Jai Alai

With the clock ticking down to Friday’s conclusion of the 2018 legislative session in Florida, lawmakers are scrambling to pass a wide-ranging gambling bill. Nothing new there, since legislators have been working unsuccessfully on gambling bills for several years. What makes 2018 different is a constitutional amendment that will be on the general ballot this […]

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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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Florida HBPA Announces Results Of Election To Board Of Directors

Chester Bishop and Kathy Davey received the highest number of votes among owner representatives, with Charles Simon and Ronald Spatz the leading vote-getters among seven trainers seeking election to the board of directors of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Results were posted on the Florida HBPA website on Friday. Bishop (326 votes) and Davey […]

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Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday. Vitali, who was denied stalls and whose entries were banned at Gulfstream Park and other tracks owned by […]

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Florida HBPA Announces Deal With Gulfstream Park For $600,000 Sunshine Millions

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association (FHBPA) has announced a deal with Gulfstream Park to move forward with the running of the 2017 Sunshine Millions. This announcement is in response to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) declining to fund and participate in the 2017 Sunshine Millions Series. The Sunshine Millions is a […]

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