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June 2019 Groom of the Month

On Friday June 28th, after the first race, the FHBPA saluted Everardo Parra Barcena as the June Groom of the Month. A native of Mexico, married with one child, Everardo has been working with horses for the last 16 years since arriving in the states. He began in New York, and worked in the barn of the late Rick Violette. Everardo has been in South Florida for the past 10 years and has been a...
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Florida Horsemen! Get Your Students to the Starting Gate! FHBPA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2019 Now Open

PROGRAM GUIDELINES:  UPDATE:  Application Deadline has been Extended to Saturday, July 15!! 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...
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Florida Horsemen’s FHBPA Scholarship Gave Chance a Leg Up

Training Thoroughbreds to make a living as a single mother wasn’t easy for Terri Pompay.  Slogging seven days a week on the Florida and Northeastern racing circuit meant she often had to leave her young son, Chance, in her truck while she worked. Like any other kid, Chance spent some of his time alone playing video games and, of course, helping his Mom.  But Chance wasn’t just any kid.  While he waited for Terri to...
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Ginger Punch Stakes in the Books

The FHBPA sponsored stakes schedule hit the halfway mark, when trainer Robert Falcone Jr’s “Supercommittee,” hit the wire first in winning the Ginger Punch. Four more stakes remain in the series with the Not Surprising slated for July 6. The Ginger Punch, honored the Adena Farms, Stronach home bred by Awesome Again and trained by the late Bobby Frankel. In her career, Ginger Punch carded a record of 22 starts with 12 wins, 6 seconds...
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SECOND MATE TAKES THE SOLDIER’S DANCER

The third of the FHBPA’s Stake Series is in the books, as Second Mate, owned and trained by Mike Maker, rolled home 1 ¼ lengths ahead of the field in the Soldier’s Dancer. Looking back, the David Vivian-trained millionaire gelding, Soldier’s Dancer (Lost Soldier out of a Gate Dancer mare), was a champion Florida bred through the mid 2000s, posting a 12-8-4 record in 33 lifetime starts. He posted a win in his first start,...
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Groom of the Month for May

The FHBPA is pleased to recognize Eddie Gonzales as the Groom of the Month for May. Eddie, 28, is a native of Guatemala. He is married with 2 children who are currently living in Guatemala. He is employed in the Palm Meadows barn of trainer Elizabeth Dobles. Eddie enjoyed working around horses and cows in his native land, and traveled to California in 2002, where he began working in the standardbred industry. In 2017 he...
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