FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS' & OWNERS' ASSOCIATION
Q: Who are the Florida-bred Champions?
Q: What is Florida-bred?
A: FTBOA BYLAWS - ARTICLE XI -Florida-Breds Section 1. (a) Only a Thoroughbred horse foaled in the State of Florida may be registered with the Association as a Florida-Bred. Upon receipt and verification of a completed application and the required fees, the horse may be registered in the Florida Foal Book, and the FTBOA certificate or seal affixed to its Jockey Club Certificate thereby attesting that the horse is a registered Florida-Bred, and,therefore, entitled to enter Florida-Bred races and other races for Florida-Breds.
The breeder of record as shown on the Jockey Club Certificate of a registered Florida-Bred shall be eligible for Breeders’ Awards under the Association’s annual awards plan submitted and approved pursuant to section 550.26165, Florida Statutes, if: (a) the Florida-Bred is registered as such on or before December 31 of its yearling year; or (b) the breeder of record is the owner of the Florida-Bred if registered at any later time.
Q: How important is it to register a Florida-bred?
A: It is very important as well as profitable to register a Florida-bred with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association. Florida-breds not registered with the FTBOA are not eligible to earn Breeders’ Awards and Florida Owners’ Awards.
Q: How do I register my horse as a Florida-bred?
A: To register a Thoroughbred with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association, applicants must submit to the FTBOA the following: (1) A complete and signed official application form available from the FTBOA for each animal to be registered (2) A check in payment of registration fees in accordance with the current fee schedule (3) An official Florida-bred certificate will be mailed to the applicant for attachment to the Jockey Club Certificate.
Click here to access the FTBOA Foal Application.
Q: Is there a deadline to register my Florida-breds?
A: Breeders are encouraged to register their horses as foals since the registration fee increases with the age of the horse. The breeder of record as shown on the Jockey Club Certificate of a registered Florida-bred shall be eligible for Breeders’ Awards if the Florida-bred is registered with the FTBOA prior to winning the race from which the award is earned.
Q: How does the Breeders’ Awards program operate? Where do the monies for the program come from and how are the awards paid out?
A: Breeders’ awards are paid out by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association according to Florida statutes. Each year the FTBOA prepares a plan of payment which has to be approved by the Florida Department of Business Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. In submitting each year’s payment plan to the Department, we have to project the total revenues to be received and then we must estimate the number of eligible Florida-bred winners.
Pari-mutuel legislation designates the source of revenue for the breeders’ incentive program as a percentage of the daily pari-mutuel handle. Under the provision of Florida statutes, a percentage of the combined on-track and intertrack pari-mutuel handle and a percentage of the income from the outgoing interstate simulcasts will be allocated to the breeders’ incentive program. Breeders’ Awards, along with a Florida-bred Stakes Program, comprise the breeders’ incentive program.
In accordance with Chapter 550.26165(2)(3) of the Florida statutes, a plan for the payment of Breeders’ Awards for each year ending December 31 must be filed with the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
The FTBOA Board of Directors approved the 2017 Annual Awards Plan offering a statutory maximum of 20% for Breeders’ Awards– the highest percentage offered in the Florida Thoroughbred industry.
1st Place – 13.33% of the announced gross purse, with each such Breeders’ Award limited to no more than $10,500;
2nd Place – 4.00% of the announced gross purse, with each such Breeders’ Award limited to no more than $3,000; and
3rd Place – 2.67% of the announced gross purse, with each such Breeders’ Award limited to no more than $1,500.
Q: What are the benefits of joining the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association?
A: Becoming a member of the FTBOA allows you to benefit from many services and participate in many Thoroughbred industry activities.
Benefits and services include:
BREEDERS INCENTIVE PROGRAM: The FTBOA administers and pays out the Breeders’ Awards. Membership in FTBOA is not required to receive an award.
INDUSTRY MATTERS: The FTBOA will be your voice in the state of Florida in all matters concerning the Thoroughbred industry.
FLORIDA-BRED REGISTRY: All members receive discounts when registering a Florida-bred to become eligible for breeders’ and owners’ awards.
VOTING PRIVILEGES: Regular FTBOA members vote for and elect the Board of Directors of the association.
THE FLORIDA HORSE: All members receive The Florida Horse magazine, the official publication of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association. The publication will keep them abreast of industry news, the performance of Florida-breds nationally, and association activities.
PEDIGREE SERVICES: Both the Jockey Club and Bloodstock Research computer services are available to members at a discounted price.
LIBRARY: An extensive library and research center is available for members. The center includes microfiche records, sales catalogs, videotapes, books and periodicals.
LIAISON SERVICE: The FTBOA acts as a liaison for its members by providing representation to the state government and agencies, horse councils and associations.
PROMOTIONAL SERVICES: The FTBOA serves as a promotional arm for the Thoroughbred industry. Promotional material and news releases are provided, as well as participation in tourism and trade shows.
AGRICULTURE AFFILIATION: The FTBOA maintains close affiliations with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and other agriculture related associations.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS: The FTBOA sponsors numerous seminars throughout the year and works in conjunction with the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Animal Science, the Marion County Cooperative Extension Service and the College of Central Florida.
Q: How do I become a member of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association?