January 31, 2024 Edition

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Inside This Issue

• FTBOA Board Member Spotlight – Beckie Cantrell

Two-Time Florida Sire Stakes Winner Bentornato to Saudi Derby

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

• Florida-breds in Stakes

• Florida Stallion Progeny

• Florida Breeders' List

• W2W Business Place

FTBOA Board Member Spotlight: Beckie Cantrell

Beckie Cantrell graduated from the University of Florida in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and she went on to teach school for two years.

She then joined Hugh Dailey at Sun Bank as an agriculture lender trainee. 

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Beckie Cantrell

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 Bentornato – Ryan Thompson Photo

Two-Time Florida Sire Stakes Winner Bentornato to Saudi Derby


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Leon King Stable Corp’s Florida-bred Bentornato, a winner of three stakes races and four of five starts, will make his next start Feb. 24 in the $1.5 million Saudi Derby at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, according to trainer Jose D’Angelo.

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Monday: Florida Stallion Series - Valiant Minister

Tuesday: Member Spotlight – Ron Jackson

Wednesday: Board Member – Nick de Meric

Milestone Watch

Jockey Scott Spieth is approaching a personal milestone of 5,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada). Through racing Wednesday, Jan. 31, Spieth was at 4,997 wins. He has two mounts Friday at Tampa Bay Downs.

Scott Spieth – SV Photography

Saturday, February 3

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred R Harper Rose – Ryan Thompson Photo

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)

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