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Friday, October 15, 2010

Judge Certifies Results of Alabama HBPA Election

On October 12, after considering arguments that had been submitted to him both in favor or and against certifying the election, Judge G. William Noble of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama certified the results of the Alabama HBPA Board of Directors election that was conducted in July of 2010 by Special Master Michael Walls. As a result of the judge's action, the new president of the Alabama HBPA is Dr. David Harrington.

Harrington defeated incumbent Skip Drinkard by a substantial margin in the election. Additionally, none of the previous Alabama HBPA Board members were re-elected, creating an entirely new Board of Directors.

Additional information and a full list of the Alabama HBPA's new Board of Directors will be posted as that information becomes available.

There has been no live Thoroughbred horse racing in Alabama since 1991, just four years after the state's then Thoroughbred racetrack, Birmingham Turf Club (now the Birmingham Race Course) was opened. The facility is now used for greyhound racing.

However, there is still purse money held in escrow to be used in the event of a return of live horse racing to Alabama. Moreover, a handful of Alabama state-bred races are still funded each year, though they are run at racetracks in other states.

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