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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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Classico Internacional del Caribe returning to GP 12/8/18

Gulfstream Park will host the “Clasico Internacional del Caribe” for the second straight year on December 8th. Horses are expected in from Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama and Jamaica. They will be vying for top honors in the 5 races carded, culminating with the $300,000 “Caribbean Derby” on a day that produced plenty of national pride and excitement a year ago. That day saw jockey Irad Ortiz notch 3...
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Angel Morales, FHBPA Groom of the Month

The FHBPA is pleased to recognize Angel Morales as the Groom of the Month for October. The 43-year-old native of Mexico has been plying his trade on the Calder/GPW backstretch for the past 25 years, including a long tenure with Daniel Hurtack for whom he scored 21 wins in one season with horses under his care. For the last 10 years he has been in the barn of Jerry Bozzo, or “Mr. B” as he...
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Look out South Florida; Natalie Fawkes is the new kid on the block. If her last name sounds familiar – it is. Her dad is David Fawkes veteran trainer and winner of almost 1,000 races and board member of the Florida HBPA. Natalie has gone from show horses to thoroughbreds. And she’s certainly off to a fast start. In her first 12 races her horses are hitting the board at 50%. She celebrated her first...
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Vote YES on Amendment 3

The FHBPA urges all Florida horsemen to vote Yes on Amendment 3 to the Florida Constitution which is on the November ballot. Amendment 3 prohibits any future expansion of casino gaming in the State by legislators and reserves any such expansion to a vote of the people of the entire State. A Yes vote on Amendment 3 will help eliminate the threat of thoroughbred decoupling in Florida. Legislative gaming bills supported by the casinos in...
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Florida Adopts ARCI Medication Penalties

The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in Florida has now adopted the December 2014 version of the ARCI Recommended Penalties for medication violations which originally was to have started by statute in January of 2016. The new rule 61D-6.011 went into effect on September 5, 2018 and will apply to all positive tests beginning on that date. The recommended penalties which are found on pages 27-30 of the December 2014 ARCI Guidelines range from written warnings...
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