Here is the press release:
As you can see, standardbred racing is so poorly known in Florida, the press release needed to explain what harness racing racing is. There is no sense in rehashing why the FSBOA didn't join with the UFH coalition until now; it is better late than never. With only one venue in Florida, decoupling slots with racing at Pompano Park would be the end of the sport in Florida, likely closing up the multiple training facilities (shame on anyone who would winter train in a state where the sport had been killed off).
You may be asking why should you care about what goes on Florida? The moment decoupling were to occur in a state such as the home to Gulfstream, Hialeah, and Tampa Downs, casino companies owning harness and thoroughbred tracks will have their lobbyists beating down the door in other racing legislatures to decouple racing there.
It is good to see the USTA get involved in this battle, but it would be helpful if other horsemen groups of various breeds were to look past their parochial interests and consider the interests of Florida horsemen their own.