Serving Florida's Thoroughbred Horse Racing Owners, Trainers and Horsemen


Florida Sire Stakes Thoroughbred Horsemen, There’s Still Time to Nominate!

If you haven’t yet nominated your Thoroughbred for the 2019 Florida Sire Stakes, the good news is you still have time! The next Florida Sire Stakes deadline is February 28 and is a 2YO deadline if the January 15 deadline was missed. The previous yearling payment must have been made. The full Florida Sire Stakes nomination schedule is as follows: DEADLINES Yearlings – May 15 – $250  (or November 15 – $500 or January 15...
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2019 Election Ballots Are Out

Ballots for the 2019 election of FHBPA Board of Directors have been mailed to all FHBPA members of record. As in past years, you have a choice of either completing and mailing a paper ballot or making your selections online. The mailed ballots include instructions for filling out and submitting a paper ballot, and an Elector ID and Password is provided for those who choose to vote online instead. If you do not receive your...
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Florida Horsemen Mourn the Passing of J.B. McKathan

Our hearts are very heavy with shocking news of the unexpected passing of McKathan Brothers Training Center‘s J.B. McKathan. In addition to becoming world famous for his role in breaking and training American Pharoah, who shattered a nearly four decade Triple Crown drought, J.B. was deeply appreciated by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for quickly stepping forward and lending his family’s name to our legislative efforts to preserve the Florida Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry several years ago. The FHBPA sends our deep sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Leigh,...
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Merida Alvarez – Groom of the Month

The FHBPA is pleased to recognize Merida Alvarez as January’s Groom of the Month. The 45 year old Merida is married and has 3 children, he is a native of Santa Rosa, Guatemala and for the past 3 years has worked in the barn of Ron Spatz. According to Merida, his favorite horse has been the stakes winning Mo Cash. Kudos to Merida for being selected for the award and he will be recognized in...
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Pegasus Cup Horsemen Are FHBPA Members, Too

Florida Becomes Global Horse Racing Epicenter This Weekend Since the first horses were domesticated for riding, they became one of mankind’s most enduring symbol of power and supremacy.   In his famous Black Stallion books, author Walter Farley details an ancient horse race taking place deep in the Sahara Desert, where chieftains gathered to test their best horses against one another for winner-take-all ownership. That history took a modern turn with the broad-scale introduction of...
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Martin Luther King, Horse Racing Share Kentucky Derby Civil Rights History

On the commemoration of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday today, January 21, 2019, read this gripping account HERE of how the Kentucky Derby played a role in the ultimate passage of the Kentucky Fair Housing Act, and how the 1967 Derby almost didn’t happen . . . but when the race finally did go off, the ultimate winner, Proud Clarion, clearly felt none of the tension outside the gates of Churchill Downs. ...
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