Florida

Brant Confirms Purchase Of Payson Park, Outlines Plan For Significant Upgrades

Peter Brant has returned to horse racing in full force, with 2018 Eclipse Award winner Sistercharlie bearing his colors under the care of trainer Chad Brown. Now, according to published reports in Thoroughbred Daily News and bloodhorse.com, the owner confirmed months-long rumors that he has purchased one of Florida’s Thoroughbred training centers, Payson Park, in Indianatown […]

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Step Ahead Thoroughbred Retirement Awarded Exmark Mower For 2019 Mowing Season

Step Ahead Thoroughbred Retirement, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that rehabilitates, retrains and rehomes retired Thoroughbred racehorses in the Tampa Bay area, has been awarded the use of an Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower for the 2019 mowing season. The donation was provided by Equine Equipment and its equine industry partner Exmark as part of the […]

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Chickens Aid Researchers In Determining Origin Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Researchers say that chickens in Florida have helped them identify a rare, mosquito-borne disease and how it spreads northward. It was determined that Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) originates in the Florida panhandle and has spread as far North as Nova Scotia, Canada. Because of Florida’s mild climate, the disease, which affects horses and humans, […]

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Imperial Hint Voted FTBOA Florida-Bred Horse Of The Year

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association recognized their Florida-bred champions for 2018 at their annual Awards Banquet and Gala held at the Circle Square Cultural Center Ballroom in Ocala, Fla., Monday night. The star of the night was Imperial Hint, who was named the FTBOA Florida-bred Horse of the Year, champion older male and […]

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‘Real Chance’: Plus Que Parfait Transfers To Florida, Takes Aim On UAE Derby

While much of the focus will rightfully be on Dubai’s local contenders for the $2.5 million UAE Derby (G2) in Super Saturday’s course and distance $350,000 Al Bastakiya (Listed) and the possible team from Ireland’s Ballydoyle heading south post-Patton Stakes (Listed), candidates from elsewhere are beginning to surface. One of those is Imperial Racing’s Plus […]

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Some Ancient Equines Were Couch Potatoes

A study from the University of Cincinnati has shown that prehistoric horses in North America didn’t migrate for food or water like Mongolian wild horses and Plains zebras did. The research used geochemical analysis of fossil teeth to prove that the Florida landscape provided everything the horses could need in a small geographic area nearly 5 […]

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Union County Sheriff’s Office, ASPCA Announce Charges In Florida Animal Cruelty Case

With support from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Union County Sheriff’s Office and local prosecutor today announce animal cruelty charges against Lake Butler residents Cheryl and Richard Ervin for 37 misdemeanor counts and four felony counts of animal cruelty. Pablo Rivas, the owner of a horse being kept on the […]

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NYRA Bringing Back ‘Ship And Win’ Program With 30 Percent Purse Bonus, Travel Stipend

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced a pair of shipping incentive programs that will return in 2019 at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park for horsemen based this winter in Florida or at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. Horses that made their previous start at Oaklawn Park may be able to take advantage of a […]

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Three In A Row? Mr. Jordan Returns For Millions Classic Preview

A winner of nine races, six stakes and more than $780,000 in purses, Mr. Jordan commands respect wherever he races, but nowhere does the flashy gray 6-year-old gelding have more ‘cred’ than at Gulfstream Park West. The Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained veteran stakes performer will bring an undefeated record at Gulfstream Park West into Saturday’s Millions […]

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RMTC Fully Accredits University Of Florida’s Racing Laboratory

The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) voted this week to fully accredit the University of Florida Racing Laboratory (UFRL) pursuant to the RMTC Laboratory Accreditation Program. The laboratory, which performs testing of horse racing samples for the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, is the tenth to become accredited […]

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