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Happy New Year from the FHBPA

The annual Backstretch Christmas Party was held at Gulfstream Park on Tuesday December 18. The FHBPA, in concert with Gulfstream Park and His Place Ministries, hosted a gathering of approximately 400-500 individuals, including 150 children.  The group dined on a full holiday feast, with all the trimmings, and then were treated to Christmas Gifts all around. Santa Claus was front and center taking photos with all the children, and each child received their photo as...
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FHBPA Member Handicapping Contest January 5

Florida HBPA members, As part of our membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), current Florida HBPA members are eligible to compete for free in an exclusive online qualifier to the $3,000,000-estimated National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), scheduled for Feb. 8-10, 2019 at the Treasure Island Las Vegas. The winner of the online qualifier, which will be held on Jan. 5, includes a $400 airfare voucher and four nights stay at the Treasure Island. The...
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Sixteen Nominated For Five Board Openings

The FHBPA held its annual end of the year Board nominations and General Membership meeting dinner on 12/13 in the Ten Palms Restaurant at Gulfstream Park. Approximately 100 attendees enjoyed great food, drink, and conversation making it a fun and sociable evening for all. FHBPA Executive Director Glen Berman and President Steve Screnci provided an update on the current happenings in our racing world. There was no shortage of nominees from the floor looking ahead...
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November Groom of the Month

On November 25, after the 1st race, the FHBPA recognized November’s Groom of the Month, Antonio “Chippy” Smith. Mr. Smith has been a fixture on the backstretch at Calder for the past 35 years. The Miami resident is currently working in the barn of Juan Arias, who said he considers Chippy to be an “excellent employee and in fact has become my right hand man during his 5 year tenure”. Apparently the feeling is mutual,...
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Looking for the Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee? It’s Been Renamed

As Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session gets underway with Interim Committee Weeks beginning December 11, longtime horsemen following the lawmaking process may be wondering where the traditional Senate Regulated Industries Committee has disappeared to. The 2018-2020 Senate President is veteran legislator Bill Galvano, whom some may recall was the primary architect of the 2010 Seminole Compact.   No stranger to Florida pari-mutuel and gambling issues, Senator Galvano also recently served as President of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States,...
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