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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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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! Benefiting the Thoroughbred...
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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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Training Thoroughbreds to make a living as a single mother wasn’t easy for Terri Pompay.  Slogging seven days a week on the Florida and Northeastern racing circuit meant she often had to leave her young son, Chance, in her truck while she worked. Like any other kid, Chance spent some of his time alone playing...
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The FHBPA sponsored stakes schedule hit the halfway mark, when trainer Robert Falcone Jr’s “Supercommittee,” hit the wire first in winning the Ginger Punch. Four more stakes remain in the series with the Not Surprising slated for July 6. The Ginger Punch, honored the Adena Farms, Stronach home bred by Awesome Again and trained by...
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