On November 25, after the 1st race, the FHBPA recognized November’s Groom of the Month, Antonio “Chippy” Smith. Mr. Smith has been a fixture on the backstretch at Calder for the past 35 years. The Miami resident is currently working in the barn of Juan Arias, who said he considers Chippy to be an “excellent employee and in fact has become my right hand man during his 5 year tenure”. Apparently the feeling is mutual, as Chippy added, “I love it here, l would work here for free”.
During his decades at the Calder oval Mr. Smith has worked in several other successful barns including those of Stanley Gold and FHBPA Board Member Ron Spatz who remembers him as “a good person and top notch worker”. Congratulations to Antonio “Chippy” Smith on being November’s recipient.