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This Saturday, Fountain of Youth day early post time 11:30am. Gulfstream Park training will end at 9:00am with one break at 7:00am. Palm Meadows and GPW training schedule unchanged. No gate schooling at all facilities. ... See MoreSee Less
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The FHBPA Backstretch Committee has scheduled a general trainers meeting on Thursday February 25 at 10:30 AM in the north tiki area of the grandstand. Topics will be whatever concerns the trainers present would like to discuss/address. Trainer meetings will be scheduled at Palm Meadows and Calder the following week. ... See MoreSee Less
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February Groom of the Month The FHBPA is pleased to recognize Russty Rendon as the“Groom of the Month” for February 2021. Russty, 37, has worked in the barn of trainer Freddy Velasquez since 2016. He is a native of Puerto Rico, and learned the ropes from his father, a retired/former trainer in PR. According to Freddy, “Russty is exceptionally good with his horses, and currently has 5 in his care. Very dependable and responsible worker, you will find him there rain or shine”. Russty will be presented his award at the races on Friday February 19th.The FHBPA salutes Russty on his selection and we urge all trainers to nominate their best for consideration in the upcoming month ... See MoreSee Less
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New Protocol for owners on the backside as mandated by Gulfstream Park Management: • Owners must present either a Rapid Covid test taken the day of their visit, or a Nasal PCR test taken within 3 days of their visit.• Owners are required to follow all Covid-19 protocols in place.• Owners will need to be escorted to their barn by trainer.• Owners will only have access to their barn and will not be allowed to wander the backside.• Owners should maintain social distance and avoid interaction with training staff.• Owners will need to be escorted off property by trainer. ... See MoreSee Less
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