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


Meet Florida House of Representatives Gaming Control Subcommittee Chairman David Santiago

When a bill relating to horse racing is filed in the Florida House of Representatives, it’s certain to be heard by the Gaming Control Subcommittee—one of the five subcommittees under the powerful Florida House Commerce Committee. Chaired by State Representative David Santiago, a Republican representing House District 27 from Volusia County, the Gaming Control Subcommittee will usually be stop number one for any pari-mutuel, casino, Florida Lottery or Seminole Tribe-related legislation.  Once it passes the...
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Las Vegas Here He Comes

Bill Fuchs, a Gulfstream regular, took home the top prize in last week’s FHBPA qualifier of the National Horseplayers Championship. Bill bested 37 competitors to earn his seat at Treasure Island Feb 8, 9 and 10. A New Jersey native, he is a regular at Monmouth Park in the summer and can be found at Gulfstream during the winter months. Bill entered the game as an owner back in the late 70s with trainers John...
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December Groom of the Month

The FHBPA Groom of the Month for December, Milton Hernandez, comes from the barn of Jason Servis at the Palm Meadows Training Center. Hernandez has been working horses for 8 years and has spent the last 5 working with the Servis barn. The 25 year old is single, but jokingly said he’s “looking.” Here is a look back at all of the 2018 recipients of this award: Jan.         Jose Quevedo     ...
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Florida House Gaming Control Subcommittee Meets January 10; Corresponding Senate Committee Will Not

“Trying to pass a parimutuel bill in Florida is like throwing a side of beef into a shark tank,” former Florida Senate President Tom Lee once told the Sun-Sentinel.  Because even the simplest of proposed legislation can become a laden-down free-for-all by the time industry factions amend a bill with their respective agendas, it’s more than likely the reason no pari-mutuel or casino-related proposals have yet been filed as the Florida Legislature begins its second Interim Committee...
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Happy New Year from the FHBPA

The annual Backstretch Christmas Party was held at Gulfstream Park on Tuesday December 18. The FHBPA, in concert with Gulfstream Park and His Place Ministries, hosted a gathering of approximately 400-500 individuals, including 150 children.  The group dined on a full holiday feast, with all the trimmings, and then were treated to Christmas Gifts all around. Santa Claus was front and center taking photos with all the children, and each child received their photo as...
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FHBPA Member Handicapping Contest January 5

Florida HBPA members, As part of our membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), current Florida HBPA members are eligible to compete for free in an exclusive online qualifier to the $3,000,000-estimated National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), scheduled for Feb. 8-10, 2019 at the Treasure Island Las Vegas. The winner of the online qualifier, which will be held on Jan. 5, includes a $400 airfare voucher and four nights stay at the Treasure Island. The...
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