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Greg Wheeler Elected President Of Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ And Owners’ Association

Marilyn Campbell of Tyngsboro, Mass., and co-owner of the Williston, Fla.,-based Stonehedge Farm, has been named to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association board of directors while Valerie Dailey, Brent Fernung, and Dr. Phil Matthews—all three of Ocala—remain on the board for their second terms. After a one-year absence as a member on the […]

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Bucchero’s Fee To Remain At $5,000 In 2020 After Full Book In 2019

After breeding to a full book of 130 mares in his first season at stud, multiple graded stakes winner Bucchero’s stud fee will remain at $5,000 S&N for 2020. “Our ownership group, who campaigned and retained Bucchero, are just regular people with a passion for the game and we are committed to keeping Bucchero accessible to […]

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Bill Badgett Named Executive Director Of Florida HBPA

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has tabbed veteran trainer and racing executive William ‘Billy’ Badgett to fill the groups vacant position of executive director. Badgett, 67, recently left his position as Vice President of racing at Gulfstream Park after a five year stint on the frontside following a long and distinguished career as […]

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TRF Fan Favorite Carterista Passes Away At 30

Carterista loved Florida and loved to be first, so it was fitting that he was the first horse to arrive at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Farm at the Lowell Correctional Facility near Ocala, FL, when it opened nearly 20 years ago. It was an important role, as this was the first time that […]

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FL Livestock Travel Requirements Suspended In Preparation For Hurricane Dorian Impact

Each state in the United States has health inspection requirements for livestock traveling across its borders. With the impending landfall of Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, has suspended these requirements to allow for the transport of animals out of the hurricane’s path. Effective Immediately The Florida […]

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EEE In Florida: 18 Horses Dead

At least 18 horses in Florida have been euthanized because of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), reports the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These following counties have been affected since February 2019: Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Columbia, Desoto, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Levy, Madison, Palm Beach, Pasco, Putnam and Washington. The following counties had horses that […]

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‘A Lot Of Dreams’ Launched In 36 Years Of Florida Sire Stakes

There are 36 years of history to the Florida Sire Stakes. And memories. There are champions Holy Bull, Smile, Big Drama, Awesome Feather and Brave Raj rising to national prominence in the series. Three Ring winning the Susan’s Girl before growing into a Grade 1 winner. There’s popular trainer Bill Kaplan heading to the Breeders’ […]

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Brant Confirms Purchase Of Payson Park, Outlines Plan For Significant Upgrades

Peter Brant has returned to horse racing in full force, with 2018 Eclipse Award winner Sistercharlie bearing his colors under the care of trainer Chad Brown. Now, according to published reports in Thoroughbred Daily News and bloodhorse.com, the owner confirmed months-long rumors that he has purchased one of Florida’s Thoroughbred training centers, Payson Park, in Indianatown […]

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Step Ahead Thoroughbred Retirement Awarded Exmark Mower For 2019 Mowing Season

Step Ahead Thoroughbred Retirement, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that rehabilitates, retrains and rehomes retired Thoroughbred racehorses in the Tampa Bay area, has been awarded the use of an Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower for the 2019 mowing season. The donation was provided by Equine Equipment and its equine industry partner Exmark as part of the […]

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Chickens Aid Researchers In Determining Origin Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Researchers say that chickens in Florida have helped them identify a rare, mosquito-borne disease and how it spreads northward. It was determined that Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) originates in the Florida panhandle and has spread as far North as Nova Scotia, Canada. Because of Florida’s mild climate, the disease, which affects horses and humans, […]

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