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March 2019 Groom of the Month

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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GP/FHBPA Announce New Expanded Voiding a Claim Rule

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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Parkland Shooting Survivor Nick Vaccarezza Sworn Into Florida Horseman’s Association Board Could Be Youngest Ever

A longer version of this story was published by 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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Florida Horsemen’s (FHBPA) Shipper Groom Lunch Program Serves Nearly 800 in March Rollout

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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Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Closes 2018-2019 Run In Style

The 2018-19 Gulfstream Park Championship Meet ended this past weekend with a bang. The final Saturday card, which included the Gulfstream Park Oaks, The Florida Derby, and a $17 million Rainbow 6 mandatory pay out, helped boost the handle for the day to $47,520,600. The statistical winners were also crowned, with Irad Ortiz Jr. taking the riders’ crown by the slimmest of margins,135-134 over Luis Saez. Jorge Navarro chalked up 53 wins to outlast Todd...
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