Florida horsemen

Kent Stirling, Longtime Executive Director Of Florida HBPA, Dies At 72

Kent Stirling, who for many years was the executive director of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, died Sept. 5 after a recurrence of cancer, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. He was 72. Stirling served as the executive director of the Florida HBPA from 1995 – 2015; he served as president of that […]

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Concern Runs Deep Over Florida’s ‘David Vs Goliath’ Decoupling Battle

The Florida Thoroughbred industry is on a roll. Breeding activity, severely impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, has stabilized and there are new investors in bloodstock and farms. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company hit a highwater mark in 2015, exceeding $150 million in gross receipts from six auctions of breeding stock, yearlings […]

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Survey Says: Florida HBPA Says Members Support Lasix Use

The Florida HBPA has been calling account holders with the Horsemen’s Bookkeepers Office, which the FHBPA operates, to update addresses and capture email addresses for several months.  At the same time, they ask the account holder one simple question: “What is your position on race-day Lasix?”  There are three possible answers: “I support it, I’m […]

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Churchill Operating Under ‘Agreed Upon Timetable’ in Calder Deal

Churchill Downs, Inc. is standing firm on a lease agreement struck last July with Gulfstream Park and Florida horsemen as it relates to use of the stabling area at Calder Race Course, now known as Gulfstream Park West. The agreement signed July 1 leased Calder’s racing operations to Gulfstream’s owner, the Stronach Group, giving Gulfstream the […]

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Florida Horsemen Speak Out Against Lasix Ban

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) represents well over 6,000 hard-working Florida horsemen and horsewomen.   Over the past few years, on various medication issues, we have been decried as an “outlier” state by some national voices. However, the fact is we are anything but an outlier.  Uniform national medication reform is a constant […]

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Gulfstream to Bump Purses, Add Starter Incentive for Horsemen

Gulfstream Park announced today it will increase purses an average of 10 percent starting with the July 24 condition book and also offer a $250 starter incentive to help horsemen offset the cost of workers’ compensation. Gulfstream’s purse increase is the result of an agreement signed July 1 between Gulfstream and Calder that ended a dates conflict […]

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‘Horsemen Helping Horsemen’ Charity Auction to Begin Today

The Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ “Horsemen Helping Horsemen” Annual Charity Auction of no-guarantee stallion seasons will be online at www.Starquine.com. The auction goes live at noon on Monday, January 6th and will end at 9:00 pm, Wednesday, January 8th.  The auction includes 80 seasons with more being added daily. For a full list of the […]

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Florida: Romans, Vaccarezza to Testify at Senate Gaming Committee Hearing

It would take a pretty big reason to make a famous football coach to fly home for a day or so while his team is training to compete in the Super Bowl. In the world of Thoroughbred racing, the equivalent of the Super Bowl is known as the “Breeders’ Cup.” And for this year’s edition […]

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Quarantines Begin to Ease in Florida EHV-1 Outbreak

An outbreak of EHV-1 at the Horse Shows in the Sun stabling facility on Feb. 21 has led to the quarantine of 13 equine facilities in Florida, including several in Ocala. Quarantine was lifted at one facility on Saturday however, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. A previous resident of one […]

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Florida horsemen react strongly to Gulfstream’s plan to run QH races

Gulfstream Park’s plan to run one or possibly two Quarter Horse races over New Year’s weekend has drawn immediate and strong opposition from the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), according to BloodHorse.com. Reacting to a statement by Gulfstream president and general manager Tim Ritvo on Dec. 23 that Gulfstream had decided to exercise […]

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