The running of a meet will allow the Gretna group to offer a card room, but that is not where it stops. Apparently, Gadsen County has scheduled a referendum during the GOP primary to allow slot machines in the county. When this referendum expected to passing, after their second meet, they will be allowed to install slot machines at their facility.
Of course, you would be right to question who is going to bet on barrel racing, but the point is they don't care about that; they have formed their own horsemen's group who will not be demanding large purses. As for medication rules, the AQHA has no medication rules when it comes to barrel racing; as far as they are concerned the horses can be loaded up on any drugs you an find.
This was not the attention when parimutuel racing came into being. As long as they don't offer simulcasting of their racing they will not run afoul of Federal laws regarding interstate gambling which allows horse racing as an exception to the ban.
Why they may not be able to stop the Gretna plans, Florida's legislature needs to more clearly define what constitutes as horse racing to make sure no one else attempts to abuse the Florida Statute.
The New Zealand Trotting Cup is scheduled for next Tuesday, and the favorites have not been treaten kindly. Smoken Up. the probably favorite has drawn post 16 which puts him in the second tier (ten in the first row). As Auckland Reactor and Monkey King are not good starters when it comes from the standing start, they will start behind and outside the second tier in posts 17 and 18 for the 3,200 meter (roughly 2 mile event). Here is the starting file for the race:
Race 10, 5.15pm, $600,000, FFA Pace, 3200 metres standing start
|1||19440||Power Of Tara (1)||fr||Stephen McNally|
|2||73902||Rangataua Ray (2)||fr||Robbie Holmes|
|3||46X74||Choise Achiever (3)||fr||Anthony Butt|
|4||X2608||Mach Banner (4)||fr||John Dunn|
|5||X6260||Gomeo Romeo (5)||fr||David Butcher|
|6||45036||Pure Power (6)||fr||Todd Macfarlane|
|7||70394||Highview Tommy (7)||fr||Blair Orange|
|8||44305||Bettor’s Strike (8)||fr||Mark Jones|
|9||6X173||Pembrook Benny (9)||fr||Tony Herlihy|
|10||X1715||Terror To Love (10 )||fr||Jim Curtin|
|11||28705||Second Wind (11 )||fr||Gavin Smith|
|12||X6017||Vi Et Animo (12 )||fr||Natalie Rasmussen|
|13||23140||Devil Dodger (13 )||fr||Brent Mangos|
|14||3X221||Smiling Shard (14 )||fr||Dexter Dunn|
|15||25888||Mr Chrome (15 )||fr||Terry Chmiel|
|16||11112||Smoken Up (16 )||fr||Lance Justice|
|17||X1500||Monkey King (Ur)||fr||Ricky May|
|18||0X161||Auckland Reactor (Ur)||fr||Mark Purdon|
Now with three horses likely scratched (either regular starters or the emergencies), Smoken Up is likelt to move over to post 13 or 14. Auckjland Reactor seemsto ahve run into some problems and is reported at 90-95% so it remains to be seens if Auckland Reactor is a go for the race.One thing to be sure, the race promises to be an interesting affair.
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