Thursday, September 12, 2013

What is the Keeneland September Sale really like?

The Paulick Report ( Indian Charlie ( provide the most compelling accounts from the Keeneland Sale, here's just a small sample, "Spot On" >>

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's not easy to get a trainer's license in some (or most) states

Recently a question came up at, "I would like to know how to get the license for race horse trainer in Florida. I have not found any information about this."

So I set about getting the information. It's a little easier if you show up in person at the racing commission office at the track in Florida during a live racing meet. The office will be staffed at that time and ready to provide and process applications.

But if it's the off season, you can find some information at the Florida Department of Business Professional Regulation web site, on the page there for PROFESSIONAL INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE.

Fingerprints are required. You can get fingerprints taken at the local police station, or some cities may have private services listed in the yellow pages.

If you have any kind of criminal background, you will be called to give details about that. If you have been convicted of a felony, you will not get a trainer's license.

If you have never had a trainer's license before, you will have to take some form of test, and in our experience this testing will vary from state to state. You must inquire at the state racing commission office to get testing details. Racing Commission contact details can be found at

You may be wondering about the reason for the stringent requirements of the background check and extensive information required on the trainer license application. This came about when racetracks started hosting casino style gambling. We believe that with the spread of casino gambling at racetracks, the rules of racing and licensing requirements must be standardized nationally.