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Vote YES on Amendment 3

The FHBPA urges all Florida horsemen to vote Yes on Amendment 3 to the Florida Constitution which is on the November ballot. Amendment 3 prohibits any future expansion of casino gaming in the State by legislators and reserves any such expansion to a vote of the people of the entire State. A Yes vote on Amendment 3 will help eliminate the threat of thoroughbred decoupling in Florida. Legislative gaming bills supported by the casinos in...
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Florida Adopts ARCI Medication Penalties

The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in Florida has now adopted the December 2014 version of the ARCI Recommended Penalties for medication violations which originally was to have started by statute in January of 2016. The new rule 61D-6.011 went into effect on September 5, 2018 and will apply to all positive tests beginning on that date. The recommended penalties which are found on pages 27-30 of the December 2014 ARCI Guidelines range from written warnings...
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NICOLAS FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER GROOM OF THE MONTH

The Florida HBPA would like to congratulate Nicolas Francisco as September’s Groom of the Month. Nicholas currently works for trainer Jennifer Hayford-Quinonez. When we caught up with him, Nicolas was quite shocked, “What a great surprise! I want to thank Jennifer for nominating me and for the FHBPA for choosing me. This is really cool.” Originally from in Guatemala, Nicolas arrived in the United States in 2007. He started his career in a big way...
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STARSHIP BONITA CRUISES IN FHBPA STAKES SERIES FINALE

Starship Bonita stalked and pounced a hotly contested first half sweeping to convincing victory at 8-1 in the final race of the Florida HBPA Spring/Summer Stakes Series. A Florida-bred, Starship Bonita qualifies for the $25,0000 win-only portion of the lucrative prize money. But that’s not all. The race was her third black-type win. Tired and fading fast in a hotly contested three-horse speed dual, longshots Money or Love, Luna Lunita and Regan’s Rose set the...
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THE INTRIGUING STORY BEHIND AUGUST’S GROOM OF THE MONTH

Jose M. Hernandez from the Larry Pilotti barn has been selected as August 2018 Groom of the Month. He’s spent his entire life around horses. In his native Cuba Jose learned how to care for farm horses, as well as cows and oxen, this transitioned well for Jose into the Thoroughbreds. He started his career at Hialeah as a hotwalker. Jose bought a horse and Larry was the trainer. “It wasn’t a very good horse,...
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