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Florida Gives Year-End Awards

Ima Gator Fan is Hialeah horse of the meet, FQHRA holds annual meeting.

Press Release
November 12, 2012


At its annual meeting, held November 10, the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association elected to its board of directors Ron Smith and Gerald Keesling. Smith is an AQHA director from Georgia and the Georgia QHRA president. Keesling is a long-time Quarter Horse race owner and breeder.

It was reinforced that this year’s Hialeah meet will have drug testing equal to the most stringent in the country and Hialeah’s House Medication rules will go by ARCI Model Rules of Racing. Clenbuterol will be tested to 1-2 Pcg/ml of blood.  Any trainers banned from racing by AQHA will also not be allowed to train at Hialeah. Hialeah will reciprocate with other states that have rulings against owners and trainers. Racing Free also gave a presentation. Hialeah Park will not require piroplasmosis tests for horses entering Hialeah Park for the upcoming 2012/2013 QH meet. Barns open December 1 and the first day of racing is December 15. Purses average $120,000 per day with eight Quarter Horse races per day through February 17, 2013. The Miami-area track will race Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The stakes schedule for the meet includes three futurities and three derbies, plus 13 stakes with $20,000-added purses. The Hialeah Lassie Futurity and Hialeah Laddie Futurity are each $100,000 added and the FQHRA Stallion Stakes Futurity is $50,000 added. The Sunshine State Derby is $30,000 added, the South Florida Derby is $100,000 added and the Hialeah Invitational Championship is $75,000 guaranteed. The $20,000 added stakes include an AQHA Maiden Stakes and a Bonus Challenge Stakes. For more information, contact Hialeah Park at 305-885-8000 or

Trophies for the champions of each division from last year’s Hialeah meet were given out.

Champion of the Meet: Ima Gator Fan

Champion Accredited Florida Bred Owner & Breeder: J.L. Gladwell III

Champion Accredited Florida Stallion: First Down Straw
Owner: Linda McCleery & Chantell Bourgeois, Ontario, Canada

Foals of 2009 (2-year-olds in 2011)

Champion Gelding – Country Boy Deluxe (winner of the Hialeah El Nino Invitational)
Owner/Breeder: Lucas Racing, Inc, New Market, Maryland

Champion Filly – Ima Gator Fan (winner of the South Florida Derby)
Owner/Breeder: J.L. Gladwell III, Reddick, Florida

Champion Colt – Feature My News (third in South Florida Derby)
Owner: Alicia L. Hill Smith, Rebecca, Georgia
Breeder: W. W. McKibbin, Ocala, Florida

Overall Champion of Foals of 2009: Ima Gator Fan

Foals of 2008 (3-year-olds in 2011)

Champion Gelding – Mr Speed Wrench (third in the FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby)
Owner: Z. V. Oropallo, Tallahassee, Florida
Breeder: Flying Fisch Farm, Inc, Tallahassee, Florida

Champion Filly – Love The Lady
Owner: Willie Spears, Bristol, Florida
Breeder: Jimmy T. Bowen, Gadsden, Alabama

Champion Colt – Mr First Down Straw
Owner/Breeder: Sarah Ann Owens, Callahan, Florida

Overall Champion of Foals of 2008: Mr Speed Wrench

You can reach FQHRA at (850) 345-4777 or