Keyword: Florida HBPA

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    Recent Hialeah Park Meet Sends Wrong Chills

    This year Hialeah offered a much different race meet, racing not recognized by the AQHA or reported by Equibase. For many, this meet created chills of concern as Hialeah rolled out a series of races to meet its minimum state racing requirements.

  • Florida Horsemen Announce Changes to Board

    The Florida HBPA has made two changes to its officer positions on the board of directors, as part of a regular review process to ensure board independence and sound corporate governance.

  • Kirk Ziadie

    Analysis: Rule-Breaking Costs Other Horsemen

    An examination of horses trained by Kirk Ziadie involved in 18 clenbuterol positives in Florida in 2012 and 2013, points to the negative impact on horsemen who compete against a trainer breaking the rules.

  • Gulfstream Park is one of several Florida tracks with slots

    Opposition to Florida Decoupling Plan Expands

    Horsemen's groups are rallying to head off a move to decouple live racing from casino-style gambling at pari-mutuel facilities in Florida. Currently, tracks with slot machines must also offer live racing.

  • Florida HBPA Conducts Lasix Survey

    In a survey designed to combat claims that the leaders of horsemen's groups don't represent their membership, the Florida HBPA Sept. 16 released the results of a poll that said most respondents support use of Lasix.

  • White Elected President of Florida HBPA

    Bill White, one of South Florida's all-time leading trainers, has been elected president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for the 12 months that began April 1.

  • The fence at Calder

    No Movement on Plans for Calder Barn Area

    Calder and Churchill Downs Inc. still have not applied for any of the permits required to tear down barns and put up new structures, the head of the development department for the city of Miami Gardens said.

  • Sign posted on the fence with Jan. 1 deadline.

    Horses Not Evicted From Calder Just Yet

    Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly is considering an extension of its Jan. 1 eviction deadline for the approximately 300 horses that remain stabled in a recently fenced-in area of its barn area.

  • The fence at Calder

    New Calder Backside Fence Stirs Controversy

    Parent company Churchill Downs Inc., preparing to redevelop parts of Calder Race Course, has started on the backside by putting up a wire fence. Trainers are saying the fence is a safety hazard and hinders access to barns.

  • Florida Horsemen Oppose Furosemide Ban

    In response to a statement from 25 prominent horsemen calling for a ban on the race-day use of furosemide, the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Aug. 8 issued an open letter opposing changes.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream to Hike Purses 10%, Add Incentives

    Gulfstream Park announced July 17 that it will increase purses an average of 10% starting with its July 24 condition book, and also offer a $250 starter incentive to help horsemen offset the cost of workers' compensation.

  • Slots Revenue Issue in Gulfstream-Calder Plan

    A plan that would end the head-to-head weekend racing between Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course remained under review by the tracks and by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association as of May 12.

  • Gulfstream Park

    HBPA Weighs In on Gulfstream-Calder Plan

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said May 9 it has given Gulfstream Park recommendations regarding a Gulfstream plan for ending head-to-head weekend racing with neighboring Calder.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream-Calder Deal Could Be in Works

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly are close to an agreement under which Gulfstream would lease Calder's racing operations and the two tracks would stop their head to head weekend racing.

  • Florida Groups Target New Quarter Horse Track

    Establish racing and breeding organizations in Florida are united in opposition to a new Ocala-area Quarter Horse track it contends has several safety issues and only is concerned about offer poker and full-card simulcasts.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream's Casino Request Rejected

    The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has rejected Gulfstream Park's request to move a racing permit to a Miami bay front site where it wants to build a casino.

  • Deadline Nears for Florida Dates Conflict

    The clock is ticking toward the final day for Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course to reach an agreement that would prevent another bruising 12 months of head-to-head racing.

  • Court Says Barrel Racing License in Violation

    A Florida appeals court upheld an earlier ruling that the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering violated a state rule-making process when it granted Gretna Racing LLC a license to hold pari-mutuel barrel racing.

  • Status of Florida Gaming Bill Uncertain

    The Florida Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industries Feb. 3 renewed their request for the Florida legislature to clarify state laws on the definition of a horse race and released a study on breeding and racing's impact.

  • Hialeah Purse Lawsuit Heads to Arbitration

    In a civil suit filed Nov. 26 in a state court in Miami, Hialeah Park is seeking to take control of administration of its purse account from the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association.

  • Hialeah Park

    Hialeah May Push for Thoroughbred License

    Hialeah Park has begun its fifth consecutive Quarter Horse racing season and is preparing for a year in which it might have its biggest chance yet to regain a Thoroughbred racing license.

  • South Florida Workers' Comp Plan Progresses

    Horsemen in southeast Florida are optimistic that Gulfstream Park and the Florida HBPA will have group workers' compensation insurance coverage for backstretch employees at Gulfstream early next year.

  • Workers' Comp Plan Sought for Gulfstream

    John Patrick Unick, who has advised several Thoroughbred racetracks and horseman's groups in arranging workers' compensation insurance policies, is helping southeast Florida horsemen prepare a similar program for Gulfstream.

  • Calder Drops to Last in Host Track Business

    Calder Casino & Race Course came in last among Florida's three Thoroughbred tracks in July in the lucrative business of host-track simulcasting of races from Thoroughbred tracks outside the state.