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The following release is from the NTRA: Department of Homeland Security to Accept Petitions for 30,000 additional H-2B Visas Beginning May 8 Lexington, Ky. (May 6, 2019) — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will begin accepting petitions on Wednesday, May 8 for 30,000 additional H-2B visas restricted to returning workers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.  Rules set to be published in Wednesday’s  Federal  Register include the following language. “Starting on the expected date of May 8, 2019, eligible petitioners...
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The FHBPA saluted Carlos Orantes as the Groom of the Month for April after the first race at Gulfstream Park on April 26. Carlos has been a fixture in the barn of trainer Chuck Simon at Palm Meadows Training Center for the past year and a half. A native of Guatemala, 30-year-old Carlos pursued his love of horses in 2007 by joining his father, who was a groom at Churchill Downs. Beginning his career as...
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The FHBPA honored Gilmer Quinteros as the Groom of the Month for March 2019. Gilmer is a native of Guatemala and has been in the barn of Peter Walder for the last six years. Peter said that Gilmer is the “Road Man” that ships with all of the Walder horses from California to Saratoga and in between. Walder  noted that “Gilmer knows the horses and does a great job for us here and on the...
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The FHBPA Board of Directors approved an amended Voiding a Claim Rule at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West beginning with races on Thursday April 18, 2019. The previous rule involved fatalities on the track and horses that were vanned off. The new expanded rule allows a successful claimant to request the voiding of a claim within 24 hours if the horse suffered a significant or career ending injury as determined by a panel of...
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A longer version of this story was published by ParklandTalk.com here.   Among the leadership success stories continuing to emerge in the wake of last year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting is 19-year-old Nick Vaccarezza, who was sworn in last night (April 11, 2019) as one of the newest Board members of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), a trade group that represents over 6,000 active Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers statewide. “We...
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When your “office” is a shedrow and you may not even have a bucket for a chair, eating lunch at work is tough.  Stopping by a water cooler with a race-ready Thoroughbred in one hand is certainly out of the question. This afternoon predicament of grooms shipping in with their runners to Gulfstream Park did not escape FHBPA Benevolence Chairman Herb Oster, who noticed scores of hot, hungry and thirsty grooms in the track’s receiving...
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