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AZPURUA JR. DEDICATES GINGER PUNCH WIN TO LATE UNCLE MANNY

As Somthingelse held off a hard charging Bitacora, the victory was bittersweet for trainer Leo Azpurua, Jr., whose uncle and legendary trainer Manny Azpurua passed away at the age of 88 this past Tuesday. Minutes after the epic hard-fought win, he spoke reflectively about it. “To me, this was more than just winning a race. It’s winning for him. It’s very emotional,” he said. “Manny, along with my father, have always been very supportive of...
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COME SUPPORT THE FLORIDA HBPA STAKES SERIES DOUBLEHEADER

It would be ideal to see as many horsemen as possible out at Gulfstream Saturday in support of the Florida HBPA Stakes Series. As a wonderful surprise, we are very happy and honored to announce that Mr. David Vivian (former trainer of Soldier’s Dancer) will be on hand to present the trophy in Race 11. The success of the first two races was a great step forward, and we want to keep that momentum going....
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HIALEAH FARCE

FHBPA President Bill White, Vice President Chester Bishop and I visited Hialeah Park last week to witness the “quarter horse racing” that is being run there. The facility itself appears to be in fine shape, although walking through the grandstand is like visiting a closed museum. A very nice slots facility and simulcast center, although not well attended on that Thursday afternoon, are housed inside the north end of the grandstand. Then there is the...
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LUIS CABELLO NAMED FHBPA ‘GROOM OF THE MONTH’

When it comes to being a groom, Luis Cabello, at the Antonio Sano barn, approaches all five of his horses with confidence, dedication and an enthusiasm for his job. “Since I started 17 years ago, I always liked to dream big,” he said. Gunnevera made Luis’s aspirations a reality as he realized every groom’s dream, to saddle a horse running in the Kentucky Derby. “This was amazing, words cannot describe how much this meant to...
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MONEY OR LOVE TAKES THE MONEY IN THE MUSICAL ROMANCE

Money or Love pulled off a shocker at 35-1 on Saturday, May 27th in the running of the $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares, three-years-old and upward. This was the second race of the Florida HBPA Stakes Series which features 10 Florida-bred/Florida-Enhanced stakes races as part of Gulfstream’s 2017 Spring/Summer Stakes Schedule. Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman picked up the mount for trainer Anthony Russo and gave Money or Love a perfect ride, it...
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