March 18, 2024 Edition

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Inside This Issue

Florida Stallion Spotlight: Awesome Slew

Bill Could Clear Way for Farmworker Housing

• Milestone Watch

• Florida-breds in Stakes

• Florida Stallion Progeny

• Florida Breeders' List

• W2W Business Place

Awesome Slew – Louise Reinagel Photo

Florida Stallion Spotlight: Awesome Slew


Success builds on success, and for Ocala Stud's Awesome Slew, he has significant success to build upon. Florida's champion freshman sire in 2022 and champion second-crop sire in 2023, Awesome Slew is currently atop the third-crop sire list and fifth among all Florida sires, thanks in no small part to his 3-year-old son Hades.

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Equine are big business in Florida. Tammy Gantt & Steve Koch share new economic impact estimates.

The Florida Horse Podcast

E38 – Marion County, Fla. Horse Capital of the World®

FTBOA’s Tammy A. Gantt and Steve Koch explore the economic impacts of the nation-leading Marion County, Fla equine industry. Truly, the Horse Capital of the World®.

– Burak Hayko Photo

Bill Could Clear Way for Farmworker Housing


Florida's agriculture industry hopes a newly passed bill that would limit local regulations on farmworker housing will bolster efforts to bring in more non-immigrant foreign workers.

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Tuesday: FTBOA Member – Ashley Godwin-Mirarchi and Vincent Mirarchi

Wednesday: Board Member  Marilyn Campbell

Saturday, March 23

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Reef Runner – Lauren King Photo

Gulfstream Park

$100,000 Texas Glitter S.

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

[Race 6, 3:37 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 5 furlongs turf

........ General Ledger (#1)

........ Reef Runner (#2)

........ Lighting Clouds (#7)


Turfway Park

$250,000 Animal Kingdom S.

[Race 7, 3:43 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 6 furlongs synthetic

........ Shards (#10)

Oaklawn Park

$600,000 Essex H. (Grade 3)

[Race 9, 5:55 p.m.]

4-year-olds and older, 1 1/8 miles

........ Lure Him In (#2)

Eddie Plesa Jr. – Lauren King Photo

Milestone Watch

Multiple graded stakes winning trainer Eddie Plesa Jr has won 2,499 races. Plesa goes for 2,500 wins on March 20 at Gulfstream Park in race seven.

Plesa has amassed $63,655,626 in career earnings and won graded stakes over the course of five decades. In 1989, he won his first Grade 3, the Christmas Day Handicap with Florida-bred Vaguely Double. His runners have been on the national stage including Itsmyluckyday, second in the 2013 Preakness; Florida-bred Gottcha Gold, second in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and Florida-bred Three Ring, third in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Itsmyluckyday won the Grade 1 Woodward and Three Ring won the Grade 1 Acorn, Grade 2 Bonnie Miss and Davona Dale.

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Sunday, March 24

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Let Them Watch – SV Photography

Gulfstream Park

$100,000 Melody of Colors S.

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

[Race 8, 4:37 p.m.]

Fillies, 3-year-olds, 5 furlongs turf

........ Trumpets (#5)

........ Let Them Watch (#7)

........ Karaya (#10)

Scott Spieth – SV Photography

Milestone Watch

Jockey Scott Spieth is approaching a personal milestone of 5,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada).

Through racing Monday, March. 18, Spieth was at 4,998 wins. He has one mount at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday.

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