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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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PROGRAM GUIDELINES:  UPDATE:  Application Deadline has been Extended to Saturday, July 15!! The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) is proud to announce the continuation of its scholarship program in 2019 for qualified, Florida-licensed backstretch employees and/or their direct dependents.  The program is designed to further the student’s education at the college undergraduate level.  The scholarship may be used at any accredited college, university, community college or trade school and the student is free...
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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 video games and, of course, helping his Mom.  But Chance wasn’t just any kid.  While he waited for Terri to...
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