The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which negotiates contracts at Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park, has rejoined the National HBPA after having voted to leave the fold last fall.
Miami-Dade County (Florida) voters, like their counterparts in Broward County, will decide March 8 whether to permit slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities.
The firing of the horsemen's bookkeeper has sparked a protest among South Florida horsemen against the leadership of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, whose board of directors has considered leaving the National HBPA since earlier this year, made it official Nov. 11.
Two Kentucky legislators with ties to the horse racing industry indicated Nov. 10 that any effort get workers' compensation insurance for jockeys through the state General Assembly would take plenty of homework and perhaps a lot of time.
With vote totals changing minute by minute Nov. 4, a constitutional amendment that would allow voters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties in Florida to vote on racetrack slot machines headed into the win column.
Horsemen in South Florida remain hopeful voters statewide will approve a ballot measure Nov. 2 that will allow a referendum on racetrack slot machines in Broward and Miami-Dade counties sometime next year.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has tabled a decision as to whether it would remain a member of the National HBPA in light of a bylaws hitch and other matters.
The issue of how jockeys are paid surfaced during the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association winter convention in New Orleans, and apparently it has created some conflict in some racing jurisdictions around the country.
John Roark, president of the Texas Horsemen's Partnership and a board member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, fought back a challenge to win a second two-year term as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
Horsemen's representatives who have been working on national insurance issues for the horse racing industry said purchasing an insurance company doesn't appear feasible, but forming a captive might be a viable option.
With its election of officers looming July 13, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has races for both president and vice president. In addition, the question of whether the position of chairman of the board would continue to have voting rights figures to come up for discussion.
Tampa Bay Downs and the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association appear on course to open the 2002-03 racing season without the conflict that has plagued the Florida track in recent years.
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in August filed an administrative complaint against trainer Henry Collazo, alleging that a horse he ran at Calder Race Course tested positive for a derivative of morphine. The case has again put Florida's zero-tolerance policy under scrutiny.
In what could be a major test for control of simulcast signals, horsemen's groups from a number of states were considering withdrawing their approval for the transmission of signals into Florida beginning Nov. 12.
Though Hialeah Park transferred $585,000 of the remaining $1.3 million held in horsemen's accounts to Calder Race Course on June 6, Florida horsemen remain dissatisfied both with Hialeah's failure to transfer the entirety of the balance as well as the track's under-funding of the account.
Directors of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have instructed their attorney to draft a formal letter of complaint to the State of Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering requesting that Hialeah Park's permit be pulled.
Linda Mills has been elected president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. She replaces Richard Root, who served as interim president when Scott Savin was named president of Gulfstream Park.
A settlement in the dispute regarding underpayment of purses between Hialeah Park and the Florida Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association is near completion, according to FHBPA President Linda Mills.
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