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Florida Horsemen! Get Your Students to the Starting Gate! FHBPA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2019 Now Open

PROGRAM GUIDELINES:  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 to pursue any field of study. Those eligible include the...
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Florida Thoroughbred Owners and Trainers Note Court OK for Racehorse Breeders, Sales Company to Intervene in Calder Pari-Mutuel “Permit-Swapping” Case

Florida’s Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers—members of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (“FHBPA”)—noted a Florida Administrative Court’s approval for two key horse racing industry organizations to join their ongoing fight against Calder Casino and Race Course’s (“Calder’s”) so-called pari-mutuel “permit swap.” In an Order issued May 7, 2019, Judge Darren A. Schwartz cleared the way for the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association and the Ocala Breeders’ Sales company to intervene in the FHBPA effort to...
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Commentary by FHBPA Director Tom Cannell Just a week ago, Churchill Downs was overrun with hustle and bustle as the connections of 19 thoroughbreds readied to vie for ownership of the most important two minutes in sports. Few would be ready for what transpired on that rainy and sloppy first Saturday in May. The usual announced crowd of 150,000 patrons, dressed from cut off shorts and t-shirts throughout the infield to the most elegant of...
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New H-2B Visa Petitions Accepted Beginning May 8

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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April 2019 Groom of the Month

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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