FLORIDA'S POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES AND 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
FLORIDA-BRED INCENTIVES SCHEDULES
Tampa Bay Downs
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
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)
How does the 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 inter-track 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.
Percentages (as of July 2019)
First: 10% of the announced gross purse, less any Florida Owner Awards included therein with each such breeder ward limited to no more than $10,500.
Second: 3% of the announced gross purse, less any Florida Owner Awards included therein with each such breeder ward limited to no more than $3,000.
Third: 2% of the announced gross purse, less any Florida Owner Awards included therein with each such breeder ward limited to no more than $1,500.
Florida-bred Purse Supplement Program (FBIF for Florida-bred Incentive Fund)
Up to $800,000 is offered in Florida-bred purse supplements for FTBOA registered Florida-breds in certain open and overnight races during Gulfstream Park’s 2020 non-championship race meet.
These purse supplements are paid on first through third place finishers, with the goal of Florida-breds running for at least $10,000 more in each race than non-Florida-breds. Additionally, the program increases purses for restricted races.
Breeding, Stallion Register
Stallion awards are paid to the owners of thoroughbred stallions lawfully registered with the FTBOA and siring FTBOA-registered Florida-breds that finish first in a listed black-type stakes race at a Florida thoroughbred track during the 2020 calendar year. The stallion must have been registered with the FTBOA in the year of conception of the winning horse and each year thereafter, including the 2020 year.
Stallion awards are paid out at a uniform rate of 15% of the announced gross purse, with each stallion award limited to no more than $15,000. As used herein, “announced gross purse” shall have the same meaning as previously set forth for breeder awards.
These awards are paid quarterly. Stallion registration and residency guidelines are outlined in State Statute 550 and also found on the stallion registration form located at https://www.ftboa.com/MemberForms.
Stallion registrations by year
2019 FTBOA Registered Florida stallions
2018 FTBOA Registered Florida stallions
2017 FTBOA Registered Florida stallions
2016 FTBOA Registered Florida stallions
2015 FTBOA Registered Florida stallions