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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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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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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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