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NICOLAS FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER GROOM OF THE MONTH

The Florida HBPA would like to congratulate Nicolas Francisco as September’s Groom of the Month. Nicholas currently works for trainer Jennifer Hayford-Quinonez. When we caught up with him, Nicolas was quite shocked, “What a great surprise! I want to thank Jennifer for nominating me and for the FHBPA for choosing me. This is really cool.” Originally from in Guatemala, Nicolas arrived in the United States in 2007. He started his career in a big way...
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STARSHIP BONITA CRUISES IN FHBPA STAKES SERIES FINALE

Starship Bonita stalked and pounced a hotly contested first half sweeping to convincing victory at 8-1 in the final race of the Florida HBPA Spring/Summer Stakes Series. A Florida-bred, Starship Bonita qualifies for the $25,0000 win-only portion of the lucrative prize money. But that’s not all. The race was her third black-type win. Tired and fading fast in a hotly contested three-horse speed dual, longshots Money or Love, Luna Lunita and Regan’s Rose set the...
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THE INTRIGUING STORY BEHIND AUGUST’S GROOM OF THE MONTH

Jose M. Hernandez from the Larry Pilotti barn has been selected as August 2018 Groom of the Month. He’s spent his entire life around horses. In his native Cuba Jose learned how to care for farm horses, as well as cows and oxen, this transitioned well for Jose into the Thoroughbreds. He started his career at Hialeah as a hotwalker. Jose bought a horse and Larry was the trainer. “It wasn’t a very good horse,...
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FLORIDA HBPA CONTESTS CALDER’S SUMMER JAI ALAI PERMIT

An Order was entered setting September 24, 2018 as the Hearing Date for the Florida HBPA’s lawsuit challenging the validity of the summer jai alai permit given to Calder in February of this year. The issue in the case, styled The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc. v. State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Parimutuel Wagering Case No. 18-4448RU, is whether the Division’s approval of Calder Race Course Inc.’s...
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MO CASH TAKES THE MONEY IN THE BENNY THE BULL

Boosting his disposable income, Mo Cash made it rain down purse money for his owners, Marco Thoroughbred Corp and Stuart Zook. And, ironically enough it was raining at Gulfstream Park. South Florida was hit by a massive storm and the track was listed as sloppy and sealed. Even though Mo Cash had never run on a wet track, the public made him an early and decisive favorite. With Ricko Maragh taking the reins as trainer,...
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COME CELEBRATE THE CHAMP – BENNY THE BULL

The marvel of Benny the Bull began at Tomoka Hills Farms in Alachua, Florida 15 years ago. The son of Lucky Lionel—Comet Cat, by Birdonthewire was purchased by Greg James for $38,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale. Some described him as laid-back, and easy to handle with the look of a big pony who just wants to go back to his stall and take a nap. But “the Bull” certainly didn’t run like...
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