Florida-bred Incentives




Florida has a mild climate meaning horses training here miss very few days of training due to weather/frozen ground and is suitable for mares in foal. This is also good for foals who won’t be on frozen ground.


Florida has a tax friendly, pro-business environment

- No tax on stallion seasons

- Horses purchased from original breeder are sales tax exempt

- Florida’s greenbelt exemption provides property tax breaks for Florida horse farms

- No personal state income tax

- No individual capital gains tax

- Feed/animal health items are tax exempt

- Affordable worker’s comp insurance and insurance in general


Florida boasts of excellent specialized facilities

- Ocala is a concentrated breeding region and has more horse/ponies that any other county in the U.S. so there are a wealth of veterinary specialists, veterinary reproductive services, training centers, tack and feed shops which leads to a competitive marketplace and good pricing for horse owners

- Florida produces 9% of the annual foal crop in North America so there are a large number of excellent mare care facilities for breeders

-In season, Florida has more than 15,000 thoroughbreds-in-training in training centers over dirt, turf and artificial surfaces and there is an abundance of training center options for all price points


Gulfstream Park

Tampa Bay Downs

Restricted Races:
Yes, examples include the Florida-bred Daily and the  Florida Sire Stakes program. The FLORIDA-BRED DAILY is a Florida-bred preferred race is offered daily at each Florida track. All incentive programs are funded through a portion of the Thoroughbred pari-mutuel handle. The Florida Sire Stakes program consists of races for FSS eligible horses. Horses must be an FTBOA registered Florida-bred and by an FTBOA registered stallion their year they were conceived. (Note: Expanded program beginning 2018)

View Florida Sire Stakes information


Restricted Stakes Races:

Yes, the FLORIDA-BRED STAKES PROGRAM is a program which includes several special racing days; previous examples include Sunshine Millions Preview, Sunshine Millions, and Florida Cup Day.

Sunshine Millions (Sample Races)
Classic, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
Distaff, 4-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/8th mile
Turf, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
Filly & Mare Turf, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
Sprint, 4-year-olds and up, six furlongs
Filly & Mare Sprint, 4-year-olds and up, six furlongs

Florida Cup (Sample races)
Offers six $75,000 stakes races for registered FTBOA Florida-breds
Typically in April annually
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore -For Three Year Olds - Seven Furlongs
The Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies - For Fillies Three Year Olds  - Seven Furlongs
The Journeyman Stud Sophomore Turf - For Three Year Olds - One Mile And One Sixteenth (Turf)
The Distaff Turf - For Fillies And Mares Three Year Olds and Upward
The Besilu Stables Turf Classic - For Four Year Olds and Upward - About One Mile And One Eighth (Turf)
The Hilton Garden Inn/Hampton Inn & Suites Sprint - For Four Year Olds and upward – six furlongs

Purse Supplement in Open Races:

Owners Awards:
FLORIDA OWNERS’ AWARDS are paid by the individual Florida tracks to the owner of a FTBOA registered Florida-Bred winner of certain races. Contact FHBPA for details. The payment of the FOA is based upon a percentage of gross purse. (Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder), Gulfstream and Tampa)


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