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


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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Vintage 1963 Gulfstream Park

We have all heard about the stories of Gulfstream Park back in the days when winter racing was the talk of the town. Throngs of crowds gathered for the pomp and circumstance on Stakes dates that featured mule races, performances by the skiers of Cypress Gardens, a paddleboat that patrolled the lake, and of course the best thoroughbreds in the land. Thanks to the folks at The State Library of Florida and Florida Memory, we...
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FHBPA serves backstretch Thanksgiving dinners

Herb Oster, FHBPA Director and Chairman of the Benevolence Committee, reports that over 580 turkey dinners complete with all the trimmings, were served at backstretch dinners this past week. There were 250 diners at GP, 50 plus over at GPW, and 280 at the tables up at Palm Meadows. Herb in his remarks thanked those in attendance and acknowledged their hard work and dedication to the horses and horsemen. Their efforts often go unnoticed and...
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Bozzo, Oldest Winning Thoroughbred Trainer In History, Dies At 98

by Press Release | 11.14.2018 | 4:07pm Jerry Bozzo   Jerry Bozzo, who passed away last Sunday at the age of 98, will be remembered as the oldest winning Thoroughbred trainer in history,  as well as a gentleman and a scholar. “He was a great gentleman. It was a pleasure to ride for him, but it was also a pleasure to know him,” said jockey Luca Panici, who rode frequently for Bozzo, including back-to-back victories aboard homebred...
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A General Membership and Nominating Meeting Dinner will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 starting at 5:00pm at Ten Palms Restaurant on the 2nd Floor of Gulfstream Park. All Florida licensed thoroughbred owners and trainers are invited to attend – please bring your licenses. In addition to the General Membership Meeting, nominations will be taken for two expiring owner-only director positions, two expiring trainer director positions and one open director position (owner or trainer)...
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