HorseracingFLA Staff Report
The board of directors of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has re-elected Bill White as president for 2016-2017.
The election was held on Thursday night. White will begin his second 12-month term as Florida HBPA president on April 1.
White has been a Florida HBPA board member for several periods since the late 1990s.
He was a thoroughbred trainer from1983 until 2013, and established a record as one of the leading trainers in Florida racing history.
Data from Equibase show him with 2,034 career wins in 12,082 starts, for a high 17 percent winning percentage.
He has been leading trainer based on wins at 11 Calder meets and at five Tropical at Calder meets held at Calder Casino & Race Course.
He has 1,534 training wins at Calder. That places him second to his legendary and semi-retired friend Manny Tortora, who has more than 2,000 Calder wins. A precise number for Tortora is not readily available because of discrepancies between Calder data and Equibase Co. data.
White dispersed his stable of horses to other trainers early last year to devote full-time efforts to his duties as Florida HBPA president.
The Florida HBPA represents the interests of over 6,000 Thoroughbred horse owners and trainers who do business in Florida.