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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 Aftercare Alliance and Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, Canter for the Cause will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gulfstream Park. With a...
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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 their journey to become bilingual tonight at 5:30 p.m. (Monday, September 16, 2019) in the Palm Meadows Trainers’ Lounge Kitchen....
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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 D. Gunther was named the National Breeder of the Year. Thomas and Lori Fackler of Best A Luck Farm LLC...
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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 $7,500 through the ring at OBS in 1992, and went on to post a record of 61 starts and an...
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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 of the late Rick Violette. Everardo has been in South Florida for the past 10 years and has been a...
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