Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association

AHC Study: Economic Impact Of Florida Horse Industry Up 33 Percent

The latest American Horse Council study pinpoints the Florida equine industry’s large-scale economic impact and industry officials are taking note. The $6.8 billion annual equine economic impact in Florida is up by 33% since the last study over a decade ago. The racing sector’s impact is up 47%. “That’s significant,” said Lonny Powell, CEO of […]

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Proposed Florida Highway Would Cut Through Ocala-Area Farms

The Coastal Connector, a proposed highway connecting north Central Florida and Tampa would cut through a number of Thoroughbred farms in the Ocala area, according to Ocala.com. Reaction to the project from breeders was not favorable. “I think it’s crap,” Fred Brei, owner of Jacks Or Better Farm, told Ocala.com. “I’m left with a strip […]

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FTBOA Silver Charm Stakes At Tampa Offers Winner A Forever Home

Colts and geldings that compete in the inaugural $100,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Silver Charm Florida Sire Stakes on Saturday, May 5 at Tampa Bay Downs will be racing for more than the winner’s purse. The race is a “Win & You’re In” opportunity for the winner, who will earn an invitation to spend his […]

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World Approval Announced As 2017 Florida-Bred Horse Of The Year

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association recognized their Florida-bred champions for 2017 at their annual Awards Banquet and Gala held at the Circle Square Cultural Center Ballroom in Ocala Monday night. The star of the night was Eclipse Award-winning Champion Turf Horse World Approval, who took home several additional trophies on the evening including the hardware […]

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As Florida Lawmakers Race To Pass Gambling Bill, Churchill Downs And Calder Look Toward Jai Alai

With the clock ticking down to Friday’s conclusion of the 2018 legislative session in Florida, lawmakers are scrambling to pass a wide-ranging gambling bill. Nothing new there, since legislators have been working unsuccessfully on gambling bills for several years. What makes 2018 different is a constitutional amendment that will be on the general ballot this […]

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A ‘New And Fun, Competitive Twist’: FTBOA, Gulfstream Park Announce New Florida Sire Stakes For Older Horses

Lonny Powell, CEO of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association, and P. J. Campo, vice president of racing for The Stronach Group, announced today that the FTBOA will be sponsoring a new Florida Sire Stakes race at Gulfstream in 2018 and offering a new FSS bonus to be attached to the Grade 1 Florida […]

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‘Unlimited Potential’: Three-Way Deal A Big Boost To Florida-Bred Program

P.J. Campo calls the recently-signed agreement between Gulfstream Park, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) and Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) “a new beginning with unlimited potential.” “We’re moving in an exciting direction with this agreement,” said Campo, Vice President of Racing for Gulfstream Park and The Stronach Group. The tri-party […]

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Three Rules, Mo Cash Likely To Renew Rivalry In Marion County FSS

A pair of accomplished Florida-bred 3-year-olds, Three Rules and Mo Cash, are likely to strut their stuff on Dec. 16 at Tampa Bay Downs in the $125,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Marion County Florida Sire Stakes. The multiple stakes winners staged a thrilling duel on July 1 in the Grade 3, 7-furlong Carry […]

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Yutani, Jones join Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ And Owners’ Association Board

Bobby Jones and Dr. Fred Yutani, both of Ocala, Fla., have been named to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association board of directors while Barry Berkelhammer, Gil Campbell and Greg Wheeler, return to the board, it was confirmed at the FTBOA annual meeting Thursday. Each of them will serve three-year terms that will run […]

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Sophomore Races Cut From Florida Sire Stakes Series

A total of six races for 3-year-olds, nominated progeny of stallions registered with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, have been cancelled in 2017 due to a funding dispute. The six 2-year-old races will go on as scheduled, reports bloodhorse.com, but disagreements between the FTBOA and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the former having […]

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