Florida Owner, Breeder, Trainer Stanley Ersoff Dies
Nov 16, 2017
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Stanley Ersoff, who bred and raced the Grade I winner Charon and served as former president for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA), passed away earlier in the week.
Ersoff was 81.
A 1961 graduate from the University of Miami Law School, Ersoff bred and owned Charon. A daughter of Mo Exception whom Ersoff purchased for $800 while being carried by the mare Double Wiggle, Charon won seven of 16 races including the 1990 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), Black-Eyed Susan (G2), Bonnie Miss (G2) and Forward Gal (G3). Trained by 76-year-old Eugene Navarro, Charon returned in 1991 to win the Rampart (G2) and finish second in the Apple Blossom (G2).
Ersoff also campaigned Youmadeyourpoint. Purchased by Ersoff’s Triple E Farm for $8,000, Youmadeyourpoint won the 1990 Canadian Turf (G2) and Gulfstream Park Budweiser Breeders’ Cup. Ersoff also bred the multiple graded stakes winner Band In Passing, who won the 2000 Appleton (G2) and 2002 Tropical Turf (G3) and Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup (G3).
Current FTBOA President Brent Fernung noted that Ersoff was a valuable leader in the industry. He said, “He was a really nice guy, he will be missed. Stanley was at the helm of the Association when a number of legislative measures key to the industry were passed starting with changes in worker compensation in 1993, full card simulcasting in 1996, and the establishment of a sales medication reporting policy in 1998.”
Ersoff was FTBOA Board President from Oct. 1993 until Oct. 1999. Additional legislative successes that occurred under Ersoff’s tenure included:
• Deregulation of racing dates in July 2001 (1998)
• Sales Medication Reporting Policy (1998)
• Clarification of the medication reporting policy for Thoroughbred sales.
• Elimination of tax on free admission (1998)
• Tracks no longer required to charge tax on free admission days.
• Elimination of 10 p.m. curfew on simulcasting of Thoroughbred races (1998)
• Thoroughbred tracks are allowed to carry full-card simulcasts of Thoroughbred racing after 10 p.m.
• Shuttle stallions (1998) - Florida-based stallions ship to Southern Hemisphere countries for breeding purposes remain eligible for stallion owners’ awards, if returned to Florida for the North American breeding season.
• Florida Owners’ Awards (1998) - 1998 Sunset Provision removed
• Tax reduction (1996) - Provides that one-half of on-track tax reduction goes towards purses. Tax on simulcasting is reduced from 3.3 percent to 2.4 percent ($2.5 million) to sunset in 1998.
• Card-rooms (1996) - Allows Thoroughbred tracks the option of operating a card-room during their live meet or simulcasting after 7 p.m. In the event a Thoroughbred track operates a card-room, 50 percent of the net proceeds go to horsemen—47 percent to purses and 3 percent to Breeders’ Awards.
• Breeders’ Cup Meet (1996) - Allowed for the return of the Breeders’ Cup to Florida.
• Full-card Simulcasting (1996) – noted at the time, a potential of increasing purses ($5.5 million) and Breeders’ Awards ($1.1 million).
• Private Property Rights Act of Florida (1995) 0 Requires fair compensation for the taking of private property.
• Changes in workers’ Compensation laws (1993)