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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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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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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:  The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) is proud to announce the continuation of its scholarship program in 2020 for qualified, Floridalicensed backstretch employees and/or their direct dependents. The program is designed to further the student’s education at the college undergraduate level. The scholarship maybe used at any accredited college, university, community...
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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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The third of the FHBPA’s Stake Series is in the books, as Second Mate, owned and trained by Mike Maker, rolled home 1 ¼ lengths ahead of the field in the Soldier’s Dancer. Looking back, the David Vivian-trained millionaire gelding, Soldier’s Dancer (Lost Soldier out of a Gate Dancer mare), was a champion Florida bred...
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