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By Jim Freer Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Kroy came out of the $75,000 Tortugas Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday with his first stakes victory, and with his trainer Armando De La Cerda mapping plans for bigger stakes races. Meanwhile, trainer Ron Spatz is making stakes plans for Tortugas second-place finisher Love Conquers. The Tortugas was run on the turf at 7 ½ furlongs for 3-year-olds. With Emisael Jaramillo riding, Kroy won in the fast time of...
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Bonita Wins Panama City in Upset

By Jim Freer The many bettors who overlooked Bonita received a big surprise when she charged from last place entering the stretch and won Sunday’s $50,000 Panama City Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Bonita, at 9-1, won by a length over Josdesanimaux, at 5-2, in the one-mile turf race for Florida-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.  With Edgard Zayas riding, Bonita covered the distance in 1:36.26 on the course listed as firm. The victory was...
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Gunnevera and Zayas Headed to Travers

Gunnevera winning The Tangelo Stakes August 6, 2017. Copyrighted photo by Leslie Martin By Jim Freer It’s on to Saratoga and the Travers Stakes (Grade 1) for Gunnevera, and jockey Edgard Zayas will be going with the three-time graded stakes-winning colt. Since June, trainer Antonio Sano has had the $1.25 million Travers as the target race for his 3-year-old star Gunnevera.  The 1¼ mile Travers will be run Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course in...
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Message from the President

Horsemen, I am hopeful that the information below clarifies the FHBPA’s positions as to Florida-bred races in comparison to the Florida Sire Stakes. Some points of interest: Historically and until the last few years, Calder managed the Florida Stallion Stakes. When moved to Gulfstream it was renamed the Florida Sire Stakes. At Calder, the FSS was mainly funded through stallion, foal, yearling and two-year-old nomination fees. For twenty years or more, Kathy Standridge managed the...
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Horseplayers everywhere have been quietly cashing a lot of winning tickets thanks to the great and powerful Swami. The Swami’s numbers speak for themselves. His top choice is hitting at 43%. Last weekend boxing the Swami’s picks you would have hit 12 exactas and 6 trifectas. Although we have never actually seen the Swami, he did agree to a telepathic interview. For the first time ever, he reveals the magic of his handicapping prowess. Oh...
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Shockers, coincidence and drama were part of the 4th of July card at Gulfstream Park leading into the Florida HBPA Stakes Series race named after 1995 Eclipse Award Winning Sprinter, ‘Not Surprising.’ Jockey Tyler Gaffalione had won a record-tying 7 races on the card and was looking to beat the track record set by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, which just so happened to have taken place in 1995. Earlier in the card the...
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