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Florida Horsemen Incensed By Latest Tactics At Oxford Downs

Horsemen’s organizations in Florida say the latest development at Oxford Downs has eliminated any shred of credibility the racetrack had left, and it didn’t really have any to begin with. Oxford has been running “races” for the past five years to maintain a card room license. During that time, the track has taken in more […]

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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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FTBOA, Ocala Jockey Club Announce $1,000 Award For Eventing OTTBs

The Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event organizers and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association (FTBOA) have teamed up to announce a new award created to highlight the success of retired racehorses in second careers. The $1,000 award will go to the top-placed Florida-connected horse and rider competing in the Three-Day Event at Ocala […]

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Florida Sire Stakes Series Finale At Gulfstream Sees 23 Percent Jump In Wagering

Total handle on the finals of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Series at Gulfstream Park Saturday was $9.852 million, an increase over last year of 23.40 percent. On the three Saturdays that Gulfstream hosted the Sire Stakes this summer, total handle was $27.241 million compared to $23.867 last year. “We’re very happy with the continued […]

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‘Coastal Connector’ Through Florida Horse Country Postponed Indefinitely

The CEO’s of two of Marion County’s leading economic development-centric associations, the FTBOA and CEP, welcomed the news today of the receipt of a letter from Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Dew to numerous elected and community officials including Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn. The letter (below) confirms that the highly controversial “Coastal Connector” proposed routes […]

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Proposed Florida Highway Would Cut Through Ocala-Area Farms

The Coastal Connector, a proposed highway connecting north Central Florida and Tampa would cut through a number of Thoroughbred farms in the Ocala area, according to Ocala.com. Reaction to the project from breeders was not favorable. “I think it’s crap,” Fred Brei, owner of Jacks Or Better Farm, told Ocala.com. “I’m left with a strip […]

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PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: Driven To Succeed

Ashley Hentges got on a horse for the first time when she was 4 years old; and riding became a way of life. Barbaro made her a racing fan at age ten; and a trip to Arlington Park crystallized her destiny. Hentges was going to attend the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) […]

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‘Unlimited Potential’: Three-Way Deal A Big Boost To Florida-Bred Program

P.J. Campo calls the recently-signed agreement between Gulfstream Park, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) and Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) “a new beginning with unlimited potential.” “We’re moving in an exciting direction with this agreement,” said Campo, Vice President of Racing for Gulfstream Park and The Stronach Group. The tri-party […]

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Efforts To Decouple Pari-Mutuels From Casinos Expected Again In Florida

As Florida’s legislature prepares to convene in March 2017, the Florida horse industry is braced for another round of efforts by lobbyists to separate – or “decouple” – pari-mutuel operations from casinos, writes Carlos Medina in the Ocala Star-Banner. Complete decoupling would permit pari-mutuel facilities like Thoroughbred, Quarter horse, Standardbred and Greyhound tracks, along with Jai-Alai frontons, to […]

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Florida Senate Committee Passes Decoupling, ‘Purse Pool’ Legislation

Gambling legislation that would allow most Florida racetracks to shut down pari-mutuels and keep slot machines was approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday. The Florida Regulated Industries Committee passed SB7072, legislation brought about by Gov. Rick Scott’s compact with the Seminole Tribe, which operates seven casinos in the state. Separate legislation approving the compact […]

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