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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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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES

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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April 2019 Groom of the Month

The FHBPA saluted Carlos Orantes as the Groom of the Month for April after the first race at Gulfstream Park on April 26. Carlos has been a fixture in the barn of trainer Chuck Simon at Palm Meadows Training Center for the past year and a half. A native of Guatemala, 30-year-old Carlos pursued his love of horses in 2007 by joining his father, who was a groom at Churchill Downs. Beginning his career as...
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March 2019 Groom of the Month

The FHBPA honored Gilmer Quinteros as the Groom of the Month for March 2019. Gilmer is a native of Guatemala and has been in the barn of Peter Walder for the last six years. Peter said that Gilmer is the “Road Man” that ships with all of the Walder horses from California to Saratoga and in between. Walder  noted that “Gilmer knows the horses and does a great job for us here and on the...
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GP/FHBPA Announce New Expanded Voiding a Claim Rule

The FHBPA Board of Directors approved an amended Voiding a Claim Rule at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West beginning with races on Thursday April 18, 2019. The previous rule involved fatalities on the track and horses that were vanned off. The new expanded rule allows a successful claimant to request the voiding of a claim within 24 hours if the horse suffered a significant or career ending injury as determined by a panel of...
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