If you recall, we recently reported how an Administrative Law Judge in Florida ruled that pari-mutuel barrel racing is not legal in the state and he ordered the state's regulators not to license the farce occurring in Gretna, Florida. The division in charge of racing decided they would not appeal the judge's ruling. Case closed, right?
Wrong. While the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering didn't appeal the judge's ruling, they decided to just ignore it and then issued Gretna Racing a modified license to conduct 'flag-drop' racing. Just in case you are wondering what flag-drop racing is, here is a sample in a non-parimutuel setting.
Obviously, this is a farce, to get around the judge's order as it is barrel racing with the exception being at one barrel you pick up a flag only to drop it into a container at another barrel. Clearly a scam to allow them to continue to operate their card room and attempt to get slot machines.
When racing commissions willfully violate judges' orders, one has to wonder why shouldn't offenders of racing rules employ delay tactics? After all, it is not as if the racing commissions are setting a good example.