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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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