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Maria Nova – Minnesota HBPA Groom of the Week

Minnesota HBPA Groom of the Week presented by Bravis Craft Mexican Kitchen and Luro Boots

Each Thursday the Minnesota HBPA honors a groom that exemplifies the craft. Grooms are the backbone of racing, caring for the equine athletes. Much of their work goes unseen and largely unappreciated by the general public. Grooms are hands-on daily with the horses and a good groom makes a huge difference for a successful trainer.

This week the Minnesota HBPA honors Maria Nova. She will be recognized Thursday following race one in a winner’s circle presentation.

Maria is a key to the smooth operation of trainer Edgar Espinoza’s barn.

Maria wears many hats in the Espinoza barn as a groom and horse owner. Edgar says Maria does a great job assisting with many of the details of managing a barn while also having an intuitive sense with the horses. Maria has a calming effect on horses that keeps them happy and healthy.

Congratulations to Maria Nova, the Minnesota HBPA Groom of the Week.

A groom will be recognized each Thursday during the meet and will receive gifts from the Minnesota HBPA, and sponsors Bravis Craft Mexican Kitchen and Luro Boots.