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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Florida Court Says NO To "Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing" Third Time

On March 17, 2014, Florida's First District Court of Appeal denied Gretna Racing's request for a rehearing of its recent ruling that will prohibit the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering from allowing Gretna Racing or any other Florida entity to conduct "pari-mutuel barrel racing," the Blood-Horse's Jim Freer reports.   

Just over a month earlier, that court upheld a May 2013 administrative ruling that Florida pari-mutuel regulators violated a state rulemaking process in 2011 when Gretna Racing was granted a license to hold "pari-mutuel barrel racing" under its Quarter Horse permit.  And yet, after the initial ruling, the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering immediately pivoted to allow Gretna Racing to hold pari-mutuel "flag drop" races with Quarter Horses.  

Neither "pari-mutuel barrel racing" or "flag drops" are accredited by the American Quarter Horse Association, a global organization of 350,000 members across 14 different nations.

Meanwhile, Gretna Racing continues to host a poker room and daily simulcasting that includes Thoroughbred signals.

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