New England HBPA News

New England HBPA EAST BOSTON, MA (February 27, 2015)- Officials of Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC and the New England affiliate of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association announced today that they have reached an agreement for the horsemen to lease the racetrack for live racing in 2015-2016. “We are optimistic that our horsemen will be [...]


Tampa Reports 10% Hike in All-Sources Handle

Blood-Horse All-sources pari-mutuel handle is up 10.3% year-to-date at Tampa Bay Downs, which puts the Florida racetrack on course to average more than $4 million per day and finish with its highest wagering total since the 2010-11 meet. Also through Feb. 22, average field size is up 9% year-to-date, from 8.26 to 9.00 starters per [...]


Record Revenues for Churchill Downs in 2014

Blood-Horse Crediting its racing, casino, and online businesses, Churchill Downs Inc. enjoyed record net revenues of $812.9 million in 2014, while also finishing the year with record revenues in the fourth quarter. For the year, CDI net revenues increased $33.6 million, or 4%, powered by the acquisitions of Oxford Casino and Big Fish Games, along [...]


Oaklawn Park to Further Increase Purses

Paulick Report For the second time this race meet, Oaklawn will increase all overnight purses between $1,000 and $3,000 starting Thursday, Feb. 26. Maiden Special Weights and Allowances races are increasing by $3,000, bringing maidens to $64,000 and Allowances to as high as $69,000. Oaklawn, which has among the highest average field size in the [...]


NHBPA CEO Position Details

NHBPA Chief Executive Officer, NHBPA The CEO is responsible for the management, administration, finance, benevolence, growth and membership services of the national non-profit organization that represents 30 affiliated state/local organizations. The CEO reports directly to the NHBPA Chairman and its Board of Directors and serves as the National HBPA’s chief paid staff officer at its [...]


NHBPA Accepting Resumes for Position of CEO

NHBPA As previously reported, Philip Hanrahan has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association effective February 15th. Hanrahan has served as CEO since 2011. NHBPA President, Robin Richards, stated, “While Phil will be hard to replace, we look forward to a robust process to find a suitable replacement. [...]


Horsemen Close to Reopening Suffolk Downs

Blood-Horse A deal that would allow horsemen to lease Suffolk Downs and operate a live race meet in 2015 and 2016 appears to be close at hand, representatives said at a hearing of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston Feb.19. "We've made good progress, but it's a complicated agreement, because it's not like a traditional [...]


Florida Senate approves bill for uniform drug rules

Daily Racing Form A Florida Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require the state’s racing commission to adopt a suite of new medication regulations that is being pushed nationally by groups seeking uniform rules among racing states. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee passed the bill unanimously, reporting it to the full Senate. [...]


NHBPA Concludes Winter Convention

NHBPA The National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) on Sunday brought down the curtain on its winter convention after conducting a wide variety of forums and expanding its membership to include the Wyoming HBPA. The four-day event, hosted by the Arizona HBPA, was held at the Carefree Resort near Phoenix. In addition to the [...]


Same Mission, New Approach on Medication

Blood-Horse Though the Association of Racing Commissioners International remains a member of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, it intends to take the lead role in gathering the information needed to set medication policies. RCI in December proposed a merger with the RMTC, a group of more than 20 industry stakeholders, but the RMTC declined. [...]