Florida horse racing

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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AHC Study: Economic Impact Of Florida Horse Industry Up 33 Percent

The latest American Horse Council study pinpoints the Florida equine industry’s large-scale economic impact and industry officials are taking note. The $6.8 billion annual equine economic impact in Florida is up by 33% since the last study over a decade ago. The racing sector’s impact is up 47%. “That’s significant,” said Lonny Powell, CEO of […]

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After Yearly ‘Grind’ Jockey Mike Allen Hits 2,000 Career Victories

Mike Allen isn’t given to waxing nostalgic about his 32-plus years as a jockey, even after his 2,000th career victory Friday at Tampa Bay Downs unleashed a flood of memories. But the reaction from family, friends and horsemen helped him put the magnitude of the achievement in perspective. “I had one trainer say, ‘What percentage […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: Of Mouse And Men

The Tampa Bay Downs winner’s circle has seen many well-known racehorses in its time, from Kentucky Derby winners to Breeders’ Cup winners. But its most famous – and possibly most frequent – four-legged visitor is a rescued miniature horse named Mouse. Mouse has been the track’s official mascot for nearly a decade now, according to […]

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‘I Love What I Do’: Spieth Earns Jockey Of The Month Title At Tampa Bay Downs

Scott Spieth keeps looking for new challenges. After winning the riding title last year at Delaware Park, the 51-year-old jockey plans to move his tack to Presque Isle Downs in western Pennsylvania at the end of the current Tampa Bay Downs meeting. Spieth will be accompanied by his wife, trainer Aldana Gonzalez, whose clients include […]

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O’Connell Picks Up 10th Title As Leading Trainer Of Florida-Breds

Two-time champion Tampa Bay Downs trainer Kathleen O’Connell was among the honorees at Monday’s Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association’s Awards Banquet and Gala, held at the Circle Square Cultural Center Ballroom in Ocala. O’Connell was recognized as the Leading Trainer of Florida-breds by wins for the 10th time and as the Leading Trainer of […]

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No Injuries In Palm Beach Downs Fire; Man Arrested For Arson

A man has been charged with second-degree arson after fire caused about $50,000 in damages to the track kitchen at Palm Beach Downs in Delray Beach, Fla. According to the Palm Beach Post, the building was unoccupied and no people or animals were hurt. First responders were called to the area around 6:40 a.m. on […]

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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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Florida Testing Lab Receives Interim RMTC Accreditation

The RMTC board granted Interim Accreditation to the University of Florida Racing Laboratory (UFRL) at its February 13 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. The Florida laboratory is poised to become the 10th racing testing laboratory to receive full RMTC Laboratory Accreditation. UFRL performs testing of Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred samples for […]

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Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Gets $219,934 Carryover For Friday

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Thursday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $219,934.43 carryover jackpot for Friday’s program. The popular multi-race wager has gone unsolved for 10 consecutive programs since a lucky ticketholder cashed for a $98,309.32 jackpot payoff Dec. 7. Multiple tickets with six winners Thursday were each worth $2,013.00. The Rainbow 6 carryover […]

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