Monthly News & Updates

January, 2023

Horse Racing Women’s Summit at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27

Join the Horse Racing Women’s Summit (HRWS) for a Meet Up at Gulfstream Park on Friday, January 27, the eve of the Pegasus World Cup. Guests will gather and network in the Flamingo Room for brunch and a handicapping seminar featuring Maggie Wolfendale-Morley and Claudia Spadaro. Tickets are on sale now for $130 and will include brunch and beverages, including beer, wine, and champagne plus entry into our first-ever HRWS handicapping contest.

Wolfendale-Morley who is a host, analyst, and reporter for NYRA and Fox Sports alongside Spadaro, on-air handicapper and personality for Gulfstream Park and HipicaTV will discuss a series of races that will be part of a HRWS handicapping contest based on four races from Friday’s racecard. These expert handicappers will also discuss feature races from the next day’s Pegasus World Cup card. After the seminar wraps up, guests will be invited to gather in the White Suite for the remainder of the race day.

"We are thrilled to continue creating opportunities to connect and empower women in horse racing," said Jodie Vella-Gregory, VP Industry Relations, 1/ST RACING & GAMING, "At the Gulfstream Park Meet Up, we hope women take a moment to network, discuss the future, and celebrate one another. Every time we come together new ideas are cultivated and connections are forged creating a brighter future for women in racing."

Tickets for the event can be purchased now at or by visiting our eventbrite page here.

The HRWS committee is committed to maintaining the movement initiated at the inaugural summit and is planning three events for 2023 that will take place in FL, NY, and CA. HRWS events have several different formats including networking-based events with a casual meet up atmosphere, programming-based events featuring panels and speakers and a multi-day summit featuring a keynote speaker, and multiple panels and workshops to appeal to our audience throughout the year. 

Groom Elite Program

A dozen students have enrolled for the return of the Groom Elite Program at Gulfstream Park. The students meet for three hours of lessons every Monday and Tuesday, with time spent in the classroom and learning hands-on on the backstretch. Classes continue through Feb. 14.

Candidates Announced for 2023 FTHA Election

A total of seven candidates have been nominated for the upcoming 2023 FTHA Election, to be held March 15, 2023. Nominations were submitted during the FTHA's annual General Nominating Meeting and Awards Dinner at Gulfstream Park Jan. 7.

The seven candidates are:


Gerardo Amado

Tom Cannell

David Geofroy

Jeffrey Siskin


Patrick Biancone

Jorge Delgado

David Fawkes

The Florida THA is supervised and managed by a Board no less than 11 and no more than 15 Directors. Six seats are reserved for Owner/Directors, and six seats are reserved for Trainer/Directors. Three Directors may be either an owner or a trainer. An individual licensed as an owner may only run for a seat on the Board as an owner; an individual licensed as a trainer or as an owner and trainer may only run for a seat on the Board as a trainer.

The Board of Directors is divided into three groups of five Directors, known as Groups 1, 2, and 3. Elections are held annually, and the terms of all Directors shall be three years.

Voting for the 2023 FTHA Election will begin in February. Each member of the FTHA who is currently licensed as an owner and/or trainer and is in good standing is entitled to cast one vote in the general election.


Click here for the FTHA provisions for Elections and Voting.

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The Equestrian Aid Foundation will host its annual "Strides for Hope" 5K at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Village Park in Wellington, FL. The event raises funds for the organization, which assists people from all corners of the horse world within the United States who are coping with catastrophic injury, illness, or occurrence. Click here to register now!