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State of Florida Using Taxpayer Dollars to Defend Gretna Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing Unwanted Expansion

December 13, 2011   While the State of Florida grapples with a $2 billion budget deficit, one of its top regulatory agencies is simultaneously expending untold taxpayer funds to escalate and exacerbate a costly legal battle to defend the expansion of gambling, to which Florida’s top-ranking state legislators have repeatedly voiced their increasing opposition during the past several weeks.   During early December 2011, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation released dozens of...
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Firestorm brewing over future of Florida horse racing

Carlos E. Medina, Ocala Star Banner November 21, 2011   In a small North Florida town of fewer than 2,000 people, a firestorm is brewing over the future of Florida horse racing and the hundreds of millions of dollars it generates annually.   In mid-October, the Florida Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering granted a license to Gretna Racing to hold a first-of-its-kind pari-mutuel barrel-racing meet.   Gretna is located about 30 miles west of Tallahassee, near...
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Jay Hovdey: Why stop with barrel racing in Florida?

November 21, 2011   “The Quarter Horse crowd claims that lowly barrel racing is just a cheaper vehicle for Gretna Racing to qualify for poker rooms and slot machines. Of course, the Thoroughbred folks said the same thing about Quarter Horse tracks. They’re both right. Gambling conglomerates, if they could get slots and card rooms and table games, would happily reduce their parimutuels to hermit crab races.” – columnist Fred Grimm, Miami Herald   The technicality of...
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Florida’s Gretna Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing License Approval Turns State Into Casino “Whack-A-Mole”

By Kent H. Stirling November 21, 2011   Only Florida could permit something like this to legally take place.  But I live in Florida and we are on the verge of having our first pari-mutuel barrel racing facility in the town of Gretna in northern Florida, and so far it is completely legal according to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel  Wagering  (DPMW).   You might ask yourself, “Boy, some people in Florida must really love...
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Calder Horse Wins Yet Another Breeders’ Cup Race

November 21, 2011   Bill Kaplan kept Calder’s winning streak alive in Breeder’s Cup races with the impressive performance turned in by Musical Romance in the Filly and Mare Sprint.  Last year trainers Stan Gold and David Fawkes each won Breeders’ Cup races with Awesome Feather and Big Drama respectively.  This year neither trainer fared as well, but trainer/owner Bill Kaplan did as he saddled 20-1 shot Musical Romance to a gutty victory for his...
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Barrel Rolled

By Eric Mitchell, The Blood-Horse November 1, 2011   The state of Florida is either on the cutting edge of the pari-mutuel sports industry or being manipulated to fatten the pockets of a few creative investors.   Last month, the Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering gave approval for a company called Gretna Racing LLC to use a Quarter Horse racing permit to conduct pari-mutuel barrel racing at a venue in Gretna, Fla., a rural Panhandle...
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