Serving Florida's Thoroughbred Horse Racing Owners, Trainers and Horsemen


FHBPA Taking Steps to Shield Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen From Calder Challenges

Florida horsemen are facing tough challenges as we always have, and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is hard at work behind the scenes taking necessary steps to protect our members’ livelihoods. When it comes to legal, regulatory and legislative countermeasures, these hurdles are often multi-dimensional. The situation at Calder is fluid and ongoing, and the FHBPA will continue to lead the fight for horsemen to ensure our many businesses and the enormous long-term investments of our Thoroughbred owners are not...
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Reminiscing about Musical Romance

The second of ten FHBPA sponsored $100,000 Stakes Races went into the books May 18th, when the Kathleen O’Connell trained Stormy Embrace romped home in the “Musical Romance.” The race was named after the Breeders Cup winning filly, owned by Pinnacle Racing Stable and trained by now retired Bill Kaplan. We took a walk down memory lane last week reviewing their remarkable run with the South Florida based connections. As a two year old filly...
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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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