February 2, 2024 Edition

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Inside This Issue

• Florida-bred Seminole Chief Hits Triple Crown Trail in Withers

• Florida-bred Hot Peppers Set for Santa Monica

• Florida-breds in Stakes

• Florida Stallion Progeny

• Florida Breeders' List

• W2W Business Place

Florida-bred Seminole Chief – Ryan Thompson Photo

Florida-bred Seminole Chief HitsTriple Crown Trail in Withers


FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes In Reality-winner Seminole Chief steps onto the Triple Crown trail Saturday at Aqueduct when the Florida-bred colt makes his 2024 debut in the Grade 3 Withers. A field of nine 3-year-olds have been assembled for the mile-and-one-eighth Withers, which offers a purse of $250,000 and 42 qualifying points for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve—to be divided 20-10-6-4-2 among the top five finishers.

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Nick de Meric a thoroughbred consignor and member of the Florida Thoroughbred industry.

The Florida Horse Podcast

E33 –2024 Florida Racing Incentives

In episode 33, FTBOA's Steve Koch, hosted by Tammy Gantt, describes the 66% increase in Florida-Bred Racing Incentives for 2024.

Florida-bred Hot Peppers – Coady Photography

Florida-bred Hot Peppers Set for Santa Monica



Michael J. Caruso and Michael Dubb’s Hot Peppers, who made her first start in more than a year when second in the Grade 3 Las Flores at Santa Anita on New Year’s Day, has her second race of 2024 scheduled for Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade 2 Santa Monica. The 5-year-old mare is the co-second choice at 5-2 on the morning line and is among six fillies and mares who will go seven furlongs in the $250,000 affair.

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FTHA Accepting Workers Comp Applications



The Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen Association is accepting applications from trainers for their new workers compensation program. This historic plan allows trainers to pay their workers compensation premium by the start.

To be eligible, trainers must submit their last three years of loss runs for review. If approved, the basic start fee could be $100.00. If a trainer starts horses at Gulfstream Park year-round, the FTHA will subsidize each start with a $50.00 stipend. This plan covers trainers in all states except New York, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. A start not at Gulfstream will not be subsidized.

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National Museum of Racing and HOF Auction Goes Live Saturday



SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY—The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s second annual Countdown to the Triple Crown online auction will go live Saturday, Feb. 3 at noon. The bidding will run through noon on Feb. 17.

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Milestone Watch

Jockey Scott Spieth is approaching a personal milestone of 5,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada). Through racing Friday, Feb. 2, Spieth was at 4,997 wins. He has one mount Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.

Scott Spieth – SV Photography

Monday: Florida Stallion Series - Valiant Minister

Tuesday: Member Spotlight – Ron Jackson

Wednesday: Board Member – Nick de Meric

Saturday, February 3

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Seminole Chief – Ryan Thompson Photo


$250,000 Withers S. (Grade 3)

[Race 9, 3:55 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles

........ Seminole Chief (#5)

Gulfstream Park

$125,000 Swale S.

Plus $20,000 FTBOA Florida-bred Top 3 Bonus (50%-30%-20%)

[Race 9, 4:08 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 7 furlongs

........ Bentornato (#1)

........ Squints (#8)


Gulfstream Park

$125,000 Forward Gal S. (Grade 3)

Plus $20,000 FTBOA Florida-bred Top 3 Bonus (50%-30%-20%)

[Race 10, 4:38 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 7 furlongs

........ Fiona’s Magic (#2)

........ Chi Chi (#3)

........ R Harper Rose (#4)


Gulfstream Park

$250,000 Holy Bull S. (Grade 3)

Plus $20,000 FTBOA Florida-bred Top 3 Bonus (50%-30%-20%)

[Race 12, 5:48 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles

........ Hades (#1)

Santa Anita

$200,000 Santa Monica S. (Grade 2)

[Race 9, 7:15 p.m.]

Fillies and mares, 4-years-old and older, 7 furlongs

........ Hot Peppers (#6)

Sunday, February 4

All Times Eastern

Santa Anita

$100,000 San Marcos S. (Grade 3)

[Race 6, 6:00 p.m.]

4-year-olds and older, 1 ¼ miles turf

 ....... Irish Prophet (#5)

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