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The FHBPA is pleased to recognize Eddie Gonzales as the Groom of the Month for May. Eddie, 28, is a native of Guatemala. He is married with 2 children who are currently living in Guatemala. He is employed in the Palm Meadows barn of trainer Elizabeth Dobles. Eddie enjoyed working around horses and cows in...
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Florida horsemen are facing tough challenges as we always have, and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is hard at work behind the scenes taking necessary steps to protect our members’ livelihoods. When it comes to legal, regulatory and legislative countermeasures, these hurdles are often multi-dimensional. The situation at Calder is fluid and ongoing, and the FHBPA will continue to...
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The second of ten FHBPA sponsored $100,000 Stakes Races went into the books May 18th, when the Kathleen O’Connell trained Stormy Embrace romped home in the “Musical Romance.” The race was named after the Breeders Cup winning filly, owned by Pinnacle Racing Stable and trained by now retired Bill Kaplan. We took a walk down...
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Florida’s Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers—members of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (“FHBPA”)—noted a Florida Administrative Court’s approval for two key horse racing industry organizations to join their ongoing fight against Calder Casino and Race Course’s (“Calder’s”) so-called pari-mutuel “permit swap.” In an Order issued May 7, 2019, Judge Darren A. Schwartz cleared the way for...
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Commentary by FHBPA Director Tom Cannell Just a week ago, Churchill Downs was overrun with hustle and bustle as the connections of 19 thoroughbreds readied to vie for ownership of the most important two minutes in sports. Few would be ready for what transpired on that rainy and sloppy first Saturday in May. The usual...
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The following release is from the NTRA: Department of Homeland Security to Accept Petitions for 30,000 additional H-2B Visas Beginning May 8 Lexington, Ky. (May 6, 2019) — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will begin accepting petitions on Wednesday, May 8 for 30,000 additional H-2B visas restricted to returning workers for Fiscal Year...
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The FHBPA saluted Carlos Orantes as the Groom of the Month for April after the first race at Gulfstream Park on April 26. Carlos has been a fixture in the barn of trainer Chuck Simon at Palm Meadows Training Center for the past year and a half. A native of Guatemala, 30-year-old Carlos pursued his...
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The FHBPA honored Gilmer Quinteros as the Groom of the Month for March 2019. Gilmer is a native of Guatemala and has been in the barn of Peter Walder for the last six years. Peter said that Gilmer is the “Road Man” that ships with all of the Walder horses from California to Saratoga and...
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The FHBPA Board of Directors approved an amended Voiding a Claim Rule at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West beginning with races on Thursday April 18, 2019. The previous rule involved fatalities on the track and horses that were vanned off. The new expanded rule allows a successful claimant to request the voiding of a...
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A longer version of this story was published by ParklandTalk.com here.   Among the leadership success stories continuing to emerge in the wake of last year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting is 19-year-old Nick Vaccarezza, who was sworn in last night (April 11, 2019) as one of the newest Board members of the Florida Horsemen’s...
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