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The Backstretch Summer BBQs July 12 at Palm Meadows and July 14 at Gulfstream Park, sponsored by the Florida HBPA, were a success. The BBQs were the first events to held for the backstretch since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic 16 months ago. More than 200 backstretch workers and their families were on hand...
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Since the event was spearheaded by Danny Perlsweig in the early 1990s, the Florida HBPA has sponsored the annual Backstretch Appreciation Day at Gulfstream Park, typically held right after the Championship Meet. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the celebration in 2020 and 2021, but Pastor Tom LaPointe was determined to do something this...
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Kimberly Martinez has joined the team at the Florida HBPA as our new receptionist. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Kimberly has been in south Florida for six years. She previously worked as a receptionist in a medical office, but the “Help Wanted” ad for the opening in the racing industry caught her eye. “I was...
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The Department of Health will be coming to Gulfstream Park on Tuesday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to administer Pfizer Covid-19 vaccinations to owners, trainers and backstretch employees. FIRST AND SECOND DOSES OF THE VACCINATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE. The second dose will be for those who received their first dose at Gulfstream...
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Every Race, Every Day, Gulfstream Park Shows Appreciation for the Backstretch Workers Only one horse can reach the wire first in every race (unless there’s a dead-heat), but their grooms bring them to the paddock all looking like winners. The Stronach Group has launched a program at Gulfstream Park called the “Best Turned Out” Award...
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The FHBPA honors Ramon Circo, part of trainer Kathy Ritvo’s team, with the Groom of the Month Award for May. Originally from Mexico, Circo has worked for the Ritvo barn for more than 15 years. “He’s been with us a long time and he’s like a member of the family now,” Ritvo said. “He’s very...
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