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Do you or your stable employees have an expired State of Florida temporary pari-mutuel license?  If you or anyone you know has been waiting to pick up your permanent pari-mutuel license from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering . . . they are HERE! So wait no longer!  Come and pick up your permanent pari-mutuel...
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Gulfstream Park Mandatory Thoroughbred Microchipping Ongoing
Effective September 1, 2019, all horses on the Gulfstream Park, Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park West (Calder) grounds must be microchipped. Microchips are a requirement of Jockey Club registration for Thoroughbreds foaled in 2017 and later. For Thoroughbreds, the International Stud Book Committee (ISBC) has indicated that ISO 11784/11785-compliant microchips are to be inserted on...
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FHBPA Sheer Drama Stakes
The final race of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) Stakes series was captured last Saturday, September 7, 2019 by the William Stiritz-owned filly, Wildwood’s Beauty, returning a whopping $43.80 mutuel to win. Trained by Scott Becker, the 4 year-old Kantharos filly was booted home to victory by Sammy Camacho. FHBPA Chairman Stephen...
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Canter for the Cause
Are you a horse owner but not a racetracker?  Have you always longed to know what it feels like to ride your horse on a legendary racetrack? A unique opportunity to do just that AND help retired Thoroughbred OTTBs is coming to Gulfstream Park on November 9, 2019 with the inaugural Canter For The Cause, sponsored in part...
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Florida Thoroughbred Backstretch English Classes
For three years now, scores of Backstretch workers at Palm Meadows Training Center have been learning to speak English in a classroom setting thanks to an initiative by Breeders’ Cup Champion owner and trainer Carlo Vaccarezza and Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) Chaplain Tom LaPointe. Forty-seven of the newest English class recruits start...
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Ocala Stud was named as the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) State of Florida Thoroughbred Racehorse Breeder of the Year at the TOBA 34th Annual National Awards Dinner held at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. on Saturday, September 7. Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables also was named TOBA’s National Owner of the Year, and John...
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Hurricane Dorian
Attention Florida Horsemen: Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach is scheduled to be open for morning training on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 if weather conditions permit. Shavings deliveries by Gulfstream Horsemen’s Purchasing Association will also be ongoing.
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The FHBPA-sponsored Not Surprising Stakes was captured by Sterling Drive, a 10-1 shot from the barn of Milt Wolfson for N.T.S. Stable on July 6th. The race brings fond memories to the Van Worp family, who made the pilgrimage down to witness this tribute to their hard knocking gelding. A true bargain, Not Surprising brought...
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On Friday June 28th, after the first race, the FHBPA saluted Everardo Parra Barcena as the June Groom of the Month. A native of Mexico, married with one child, Everardo has been working with horses for the last 16 years since arriving in the states. He began in New York, and worked in the barn...
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PROGRAM GUIDELINES:  UPDATE:  Application Deadline has been Extended to Saturday, July 15!! The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) is proud to announce the continuation of its scholarship program in 2019 for qualified, Florida-licensed backstretch employees and/or their direct dependents.  The program is designed to further the student’s education at the college undergraduate level. ...
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