Behind the scenes of Florida Thoroughbred racing is a vibrant, often unseen world known as the “backstretch.”
It’s created by hundreds of independent businesses–both large and small. Through the labor-intensive, long-term and high-dollar financial investment required to get a young Thoroughbred ready for competition, horse owners and trainers create thousands of jobs that drive over $1 billion a year through Florida’s economy—from breeding and buying, to training and campaigning.
The Florida Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association represents the interests of over 5,000 Thoroughbred horse owners and trainers who do business in Florida. Some FTHA members are based in Florida, others have vast operations throughout the globe.
But during a race meet, Florida is home to all of us. The FTHA works to foster and promote their relationships with tracks, community and government, while creating a better economic climate in which our horsemen can do business.
The FTHA is based at Gulfstream Park, which offers a year-round racing program on three surfaces: dirt, turf and Tapeta.
Find information about the FTHA at the following links:
Andy Belfiore, Executive Director
Joe Orseno, President (Trainer Director)
Kathy Davey, First Vice President
David Rousso, Second Vice President
Tom Cannell, Treasurer
David Fawkes, Secretary