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The Backstretch Summer BBQs July 12 at Palm Meadows and July 14 at Gulfstream Park, sponsored by the Florida HBPA, were a success. The BBQs were the first events to held for the backstretch since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic 16 months ago. More than 200 backstretch workers and their families were on hand each day. Pastor Tom LaPointe and his team raffled off 41 bicycles, nine microwaves and two TVs. “We also distributed...
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Since the event was spearheaded by Danny Perlsweig in the early 1990s, the Florida HBPA has sponsored the annual Backstretch Appreciation Day at Gulfstream Park, typically held right after the Championship Meet. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the celebration in 2020 and 2021, but Pastor Tom LaPointe was determined to do something this summer. The Florida HBPA was only too happy to help. Members of the Backstretch Community and their families are invited...
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Kimberly Martinez has joined the team at the Florida HBPA as our new receptionist. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Kimberly has been in south Florida for six years. She previously worked as a receptionist in a medical office, but the “Help Wanted” ad for the opening in the racing industry caught her eye. “I was looking for a new work experience,” she said, adding, “I don’t have a background in horse racing, but I’m looking...
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