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Executive Director: 
Lonny T. Powell CEO & Executive Vice President
801 S.W. 60th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34474
(352) 629-2160
(352) 629-3603
About Us: 

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association (FTBOA) state incentive program fosters the agricultural activity of breeding and training Thoroughbred racehorses in Florida. The FTBOA is a not-for-profit association which represents more than 1,400 breeders and owners who breed, raise, train and race Thoroughbred horses born in the State of Florida. Since the Association's first organized meeting with 11 members in 1945, the FTBOA has grown significantly through the years. The FTBOA administers the lucrative state breeders' incentive program which encourages individuals to participate in the industry in the Sunshine State. Florida’s Thoroughbred farms and training complexes have produced 47 National Champions, 6 Kentucky Derby winners, 7 Preakness Stakes winners, 6 Belmont Stakes winners, 27 Breeders’ Cup champions and 6 Horses of the Year. 

The program consists of breeders’ awards, owner awards, state-bred racing events including the Florida Million, Sunshine Millions and the Florida Cup and the lucrative  $2.5 Million Florida Sire Stakes Program. 

For an incentive packet to learn more of the reasons to race in Florida, please contact Tammy A. Gantt, Member Services & Programs Coordinator at or call 352-629-2160. Updates available at .



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 2 divisions for 2 year olds and 3 year olds (3 races for colts, 3 races for fillies each) and 2 year old and upward supplemental races worth over $3 million. Horses must be an FTBOA registered Florida-bred and by an FTBOA registered stallion their year they were conceived.


Restricted Stakes Races: 

Yes, the FLORIDA-BRED STAKES PROGRAM is a program which includes several special racing days such as the Sunshine Millions Preview, Sunshine Millions, and Florida Cup Day. Another example is the Florida Sire Stakes Series at Calder - 2 divisions  - divisions for 2 year-olds and three year-olds including 3 races for colts, 3 races for fillies.

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: 

Yes, varies by Florida thoroughbred track (Calder, Gulfstream and Tampa)


Breeders Awards: 

Under the current plan, Awards paid to the breeder of a FTBOA registered Florida-bred finishing 1st (13.33%, $10,500 cap), 2nd (4%, $3,000 cap) or 3rd (2.67%, $1,500 cap) at a Florida thoroughbred racetrack. The cap for first place increased in 2013 from $10,000 to $10,500 in 2014.



Stallion Awards: 

In November 2015, the FTBOA board approved the reinstatement in 2017 of the Stallion Awards Program for the eligible stallion owners at 15% of the announced gross purse, less Florida Owners' Awards included therein, for black type stakes races, win only, with a maximum of $15,000 per award.

Previously, in August 2014, a stallion owners’ bonus was announced of 15% and applies to current FTBOA registered Florida stallions whose progeny won Florida breeders’ awards in stakes races in the 2013 calendar year. The stallion must have been an FTBOA registered stallion the year their progeny won the breeders’ award and when it was conceived to receive the bonus.

Out of State Awards: 


Breed-Back Rule: 

No breed-back rule

Distribution Purses: 

In 2010, over $9.6 million. Total incentive awards are typically over $15 million awarded annually. The Florida Sire Stakes program increased to $2.5 million est. in 2014.

Distribution Awards: 

In 2012, over $5.6 million. Total incentive awards are typically over $15 million awarded annually. FTBOA announced in Aug. 2014, a 12% breeders’ award bonus. The breeders’ award bonus of 12% applies to recipients of Florida breeders’ awards paid in the 2013 calendar year. The Breeders’ Award Bonus elevated the overall breeders’ awards paid in 2013 to the highest percentage in Florida history - 17% - which exceeds the previous record percentage FTBOA was able to award in 2012.    

Registration Fees: 

FTBOA members receive a 50% discount when registering a Florida-bred. Rates vary depending on the age of the Florida-bred upon registration application. FTBOA membership also ensures those who breed, race ,train or own racehorses connected with Florida are informed of important payment deadlines and breaking industry news. Membership is $100 and includes a discount program and subscription to the award winning The Florida Horse magazine. Additional memberships for non-horse owners but fans of the industry are $75 and full-time students are $25. Visit the website at or contact the FTBOA at 352-629-2160 for a complete fee schedule and up-to-date information.

Additional contact information: Tammy A Gantt, Membership/Events Director,, 352-629-2160