Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering

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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View From The Eighth Pole: Blame State, Not Brunetti, For Mockery Of The Sport At Hialeah

I visited Hialeah Park for the first time nearly 30 years ago, on Dec. 26, 1987. Though I’d been cautioned that the grande dame of South Florida racing was not what she once was – that the war track owner John Brunetti had lost to Gulfstream Park over the prime winter dates had taken its […]

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Florida Follies: Dozens Of Drug Positives Thrown Out Due To State Incompetence

How incompetent is the leadership at Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, the state government agency that regulates horse racing in the state? Let me count the ways: 1, 2, 3, 4 … 100, maybe more. That’s how many administrative complaints for medication violations in just over a year had to be tossed out because of […]

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No Slots For You: Florida Supreme Court Denies Bid By One-Time Barrel Racing Track

Florida’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against efforts by Gretna Racing in Gadsden County to add slot machine to its card room, simulcast and “live racing” facility. The unanimous decision by the court means dog tracks and jai-alai frontons in Gadsden and seven other Florida counties (Brevard, Duval, Lee, Hamilton, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and […]

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‘This Is Nuts’: Navarro Disputes Finding That Horse Tested Positive For Cocaine

Trainer Jorge Navarro says that he will contest the ruling of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering board after being notified that one of his horses tested positive for cocaine a race at Tampa Bay Downs. Navarro told the Daily Racing Form that he was notified two weeks ago of the finding, which stated that the 7-year-old gelding Minecraft […]

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Florida Ruling Means Dozens Of Drug Positives Likely To Be Dismissed

Dozens of administrative complaints for medication violations in Florida are likely to be dismissed after the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering issued an order accepting the recommendations of an administrative law judge who found that serum sample collection procedures qualified as “unadopted rules” and that no action could be taken against licensees based on positive tests […]

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