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Parkland Shooting Survivor Nick Vaccarezza Sworn Into Florida Horseman’s Association Board Could Be Youngest Ever

A longer version of this story was published by ParklandTalk.com here.   Among the leadership success stories continuing to emerge in the wake of last year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting is 19-year-old Nick Vaccarezza, who was sworn in last night (April 11, 2019) as one of the newest Board members of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), a trade group that represents over 6,000 active Thoroughbred racehorse owners and trainers statewide. “We...
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Florida Horsemen’s (FHBPA) Shipper Groom Lunch Program Serves Nearly 800 in March Rollout

When your “office” is a shedrow and you may not even have a bucket for a chair, eating lunch at work is tough.  Stopping by a water cooler with a race-ready Thoroughbred in one hand is certainly out of the question. This afternoon predicament of grooms shipping in with their runners to Gulfstream Park did not escape FHBPA Benevolence Chairman Herb Oster, who noticed scores of hot, hungry and thirsty grooms in the track’s receiving...
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Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Closes 2018-2019 Run In Style

The 2018-19 Gulfstream Park Championship Meet ended this past weekend with a bang. The final Saturday card, which included the Gulfstream Park Oaks, The Florida Derby, and a $17 million Rainbow 6 mandatory pay out, helped boost the handle for the day to $47,520,600. The statistical winners were also crowned, with Irad Ortiz Jr. taking the riders’ crown by the slimmest of margins,135-134 over Luis Saez. Jorge Navarro chalked up 53 wins to outlast Todd...
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