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Ironically, as the Florida Legislature this week declared gambling expansion "dead" for 2014, our regulators handed out yet another phony racing license to "Gretna South" (South Marion Real Estate Holdings/ a.k.a. Oxford Downs). Hialeah Park is the only Florida venue hosting legitimate Quarter Horse racing. Our hard-working professional colleagues at the American Quarter Horse Association and its Florida Chapter, the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association are bearing the brunt of this travesty as the continual misnomers denigrate their sport, their horses and their horsemen, and, as Harness Racing's Number One Blog, "View From the Racetrack Grandstand" pointed out here--that hurts all of us.
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A company hired by the #FloridaLegislature spent six months evaluating the #Florida Division of #PariMutuel #Wagering and concluded the regulation is “inadequate” in part because of the way the state laws are structured and in part because of the agency’s reluctance to enforce the laws, writes Mary Ellen Klas for the #MiamiHerald . . . Read her complete report on today's Florida House of Representatives Select Committee on #Gaming hearing in the link below . . . 

#HorseRacing #Thoroughbred #QuarterHorse #GulfstreamPark #Calder #HialeahPark #TampaBayDowns #Ocala

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/06/3736141/state-draws-heat-for-allowing.html#storylink=cpy
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Lonny Powell, chief executive officer for the #FTBOA, made comments during a meeting today of the #Florida Senate #Gaming Committee, which is examining all forms of gambling in the state in advance of possible legislation authorizing destination resort casinos, The Blood-Horse's Tom LaMarra reports. The committee is relying on a study done by Spectrum Gaming Group of New Jersey . . . read the complete story in the link below . . . 

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81851/ftboa-to-panel-allow-racing-to-compete

#Floridagambling, #FloridaPolitics, #FloridaLaw, #HorseRacing, #PariMutuel, #Thoroughbred, #QuarterHorse, #GulfstreamPark, #HialeahPark, #Calder, #TampaBayDowns, #Tallahassee, #FloridaSenate, #Gaming, #Lakeland, #Jacksonville, #Pensacola, #Orlando, #Ocala #MarionCounty The Florida Horse Magazine Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association
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Check out #ontario 's  #HorseRacing  Industry Transition Panel Report from Pacing Guy
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At this afternoon’s #Florida Senate #Gaming Committee meeting, Senators discussed the format and schedule for a series of four upcoming (4) public workshops scheduled around the state to review a study conducted by Spectrum Gaming Inc. on Florida’s gaming industry and its economic effects.  Committee Chairman Garrett Richter indicated meeting that another meeting would take place in December 2013 if the allotted schedule does not provide legislators with ample time to review the Spectrum study.   Links to today's meeting packet in the post below . . .
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ATTENTION HORSEMEN--Owners, Trainers and Breeders! Don't let Florida horse racing get left at the gate! Did you receive your horse racing industry survey yesterday? Did you complete it? Pass it along to your colleagues in the next barn? YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED!

To complete the survey, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLRacingImpact

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association–two of Thoroughbred racing’s top consortiums of owners, trainers and breeders–have joined with the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association and Florida Quarter Horse Breeders’ and Owners’ Association to produce an economic impact study, which will be present to the Florida Legislature as lawmakers deliberate policy direction ON THE FUTURE OF FLORIDA HORSE RACING!

Each organization is currently urging its members to complete the study’s survey, the results of which will be used to create the final report.

“Just this week, Kentucky’s horse industry reported that it produces a $3 billion dollar annual economic impact,” said FHBPA Executive Director Kent Stirling, who represents some 6,000 Florida Thoroughbred owners and trainers. “For years, Florida has ranked right along with Kentucky among the top three states as economic drivers in the industry—there’s a reason Ocala is known as the ‘Horse Capital of the World’ and South Florida is hailed as the road to the Kentucky Derby.”

#FHBPA, #FTBOA, #FQHRA, #Florida, #horseracing, #Thoroughbred, #QuarterHorse, #Calder, #GulfstreamPark, #HialeahPark, #parimutuel, #ThoroughbredTrainer, #ThoroughbredOwner, #Ocala, #Miami, #SouthwestRanches, #Kendall, #PalmMeadows, #PaysonPark, #MarionCounty, #FloridaHorse, #TampaBayDowns, #TampaHBPA, #SouthFlorida, #horsetrack, #FloridaGamingStudy, #FloridaLegislature, #Gambling, #FloridaSenate, #FloridaHorsemen
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Soaring #NewYork purses are luring #Florida #racehorse buyers away.  As they review #gaming  policy in the coming months, can #Florida #Legislature, #Governor #RickScott keep our horse racing jobs and business intact?@SunshineStateNews Publisher #NancySmith  notes  #Albany   #BusinessJournal  article this week.
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A must read landmark report by the #BloodHorse 's Jim Freer on the current  #Florida   #horseracing  regulatory mess between #Calder   #TampaBayDowns  and  #GulfstreamPark :  The ironic result?  Combine live handle (all attributable to #Gulstream) shows there's more of a market for #Thoroughbred  racing than ever.  Writes Freer: "The recent Florida DPMW report showed the following changes in live on-track handle from fiscal 2011-12 to fiscal 2012-13:
Combined live handle at the three tracks increased 8% from $91 million to $98.5 million. Gulfstream was up 25%, from $50.5 million to $63.2 million; Tampa Bay was down 7%, from $20.2 million to $18.8  million; and Calder was down 19%, from $20.3 million to $16.5 million.



Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/79969/calders-share-of-host-track-market-declines#ixzz2bg0XbixP
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