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Tampa Bay Downs Approved To Extend Race Meet Through May 30

Tampa Bay Downs’ request to extend its race meet through the end of May has been approved by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, vice president of marketing and publicity Margo Flynn confirmed to drf.com on Thursday. The originally-scheduled meet would have ended on May 3, but live racing will now continue through May 30. […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: With Doping Scandal, Racing Itself Will Be On Trial

Innocent until proven guilty. That mantra is at the heart of the American criminal justice system, whether we’re talking about someone holding a smoking gun while standing over a dead body or a Thoroughbred trainer caught on an FBI wiretap talking about “pumping and pumping and fuming every f—ing horse (that) runs today.” So there […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: No Horse Racing Commission, No Transparency In Florida

It didn’t take long for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. to find the winner’s circle after being reinstated at Gulfstream Park by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s owner, The Stronach Group, which reportedly handed the Venezuela native a six-month suspension in November for having unlabeled medication in his barn. Granpollo Stable’s Gran Greyfrost won a low-level […]

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Florida Court Ruling On Slots License Could End Horse Racing At Calder

Churchill Downs Inc. moved one step closer to getting out of the horse racing business in Florida after an appeals court ruled the company could use its license for a jai alai fronton to operate a casino it owns at Calder in Miami Springs. Three judges in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday […]

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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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View From The Eighth Pole: Horseplayers Deserve Better From Stewards And Regulators

My phone started blowing up Sunday afternoon, shortly after the fourth race at Gulfstream Park was run. There were calls, emails, text messages and Twitter comments imploring me to watch jockey Tony Maragh on a horse named Musical Heart. The 3-year-old gelding by Maclean’s Music, owned by Joseph Bucci and trained by Aubrey Maragh, finished […]

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Ralph Ziadie Denied License Renewal In Florida; Baxter Takes Over Stable

Georgina Baxter has won three races, with two seconds and two third-place finishes from 16 starts since taking over the Ralph Ziadie stable in early July. Ziadie, a leading trainer in South Florida in recent years, was denied a renewal of his license by the state’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel […]

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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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Una Burla Al Deporte Hípico En Hialeah: La Culpa Es Del Estado, No Del Propietario

NOTA: Hemos decidido traducir para esta sección un revelador artículo del día 20 de Junio publicado por nuestro editor Ray Paulick luego de que hiciera una visita reciente al emblemático hipódromo de Hialeah. Lo que leerán (y verán) a continuación representa la triste realidad de lo que otrora fuera una de las plazas más importantes […]

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