Monthly News & Updates

May, 2022

FTHA Adds Two Board Members

The FTHA has appointed two new members to the Board of Directors to fill vacancies left by recent resignations. Joining the FTHA Board are Owner Directors Brian Cohen and Jonathan Green. 

Cohen is the President of Arindel, the leading owner at the 2021 Spring/Summer and Fall Meets at Gulfstream Park. Green, a certified financial planner, heads up the D.J. Stable racing operation.

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HISA Registration Now Open


Under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, which goes into effect on July 1, 2022, you must register as a "Covered Person" if you are licensed by a State Racing Commission, unless you have no contact with the horses and no access to the restricted areas of a racetrack. Registration is required of all owners, trainers and backstretch workers, as well as anyone who has access to the barn area. Trainers must also register all of the horses in their care.

HISA Registration is now open. Click the link below to register now. If you need help with registration, please stop by the FTHA Office and we will assist you.

HISA Registration


FTBOA Deadline

The Florida Sire Stakes yearling registration deadline this year is May 16 (as the normal deadline of May 15 falls on a Sunday). The registration fee is $250, and registration must be postmarked by May 16 to meet the deadline.

Click here to check Florida-bred horse eligibility. 

Click here to check FTBOA registered Florida stallions.

Click here for the registration form.

For more information, call FTBOA at (352) 629-2160. 


Spotlight on: FTHA Board Member David Fawkes


Much has changed on the south Florida racing scene over the last two decades, but one constant has been the presence of longtime trainer and FTHA Board member David Fawkes. A Chicago-area native, Fawkes got his start in racing as a teenager galloping horses at the local tracks for family friend Don Gibbons, who “worked for one of the top owners in Illinois when racing in that state was thriving.”


Eventually he made his way down to Florida with noted Midwestern trainer Christine Jenks when the outfit travelled south for the winter months. Fawkes was a natural on the back of a horse and figured that he’d take a shot at being a jockey; while he won his first race in the irons, he quickly learned that wasn’t going to be his calling.


“I was a brutal jock,” Fawkes said with a laugh. “I could gallop a horse as good as anyone, but riding in the afternoon was a whole different story.”


Still, he gave it a go for close to a year before going back to being an exercise rider.

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