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Monday, January 4, 2016

A Word from United Florida Horsemen

The following is a press release from United Florida Horsemen.  I am reprinting it here because of the battle the Standardbred horsemen at Pompano Park are dealing with along with the rest of the racing industry.  As important as the battle in Florida is, success of the Decoupling forces in Florida will set off an assault on racing in other states.


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Some Say the Battle for Florida's Gambling Market Could Be Fought at the County Level

Nearly 10,000 licensed Florida racehorse owners, trainers and breeders who live, work and do business in each of Florida's counties can't take that chance.

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Does the casino industry already have an irrevocable stranglehold on Florida?
That's why United Florida Horsemen is reaching out to our local officials to tell them the futures of our horsemen, their small businesses and the thousands of Floridians we employ statewide are on the chopping block in the 2016 Florida Legislative Session because of "decoupling," an obscure line-item hidden in the Seminole Gaming Compact.
United Florida Horsemen is an advocacy group of Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred horsemen who do business in Florida. We're also voters, residents, taxpayers, parents and neighbors. We oppose decoupling because it will kill our business and put our horsemen out of work--precisely what Big Casinos want.
So, we're asking you to take time to get the facts and tell our Florida legislators to stand against decoupling--a full-scale gambling expansion in disguise that would ultimately eliminate Florida's longstanding and top-ranked horse racing and breeding industry. While lawmakers debate the merits of using taxpayer dollars to lure out-of-state corporations, the irony of allowing "decoupling" to gift Big Casinos with our economic development funds and simultaneously kill profitable businesses that have been here for decades must be addressed.
"Now, many in Tallahassee are being urged to embrace decoupling, which would allow for a vast expansion of casino-style gambling in our state with little direct economic return. In fact, it would most likely lead to a huge economic loss for the state . . . Decoupling would allow for vast expansion of gambling with no benefit to anyone buy gambling corporations."
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Florida's horse racing industry is consistently ranked among the top two states. Decoupling will eliminate our competitive edge and any reasons for investors to do business here.


Florida horsemen are gravely concerned that “decoupling” will trigger a statewide gambling avalanche, extract money out of Florida’s economy and siphon it back to Big Casinos, disabling our heretofore successful horse racing industry from competing for business with other, more horse racing-friendly states. "Decoupling" tells potential investors that “Florida is closed for business.”

In Case You Missed It

* Opposition to Florida Decoupling Plan Expands, the Blood Horse Notes
National Horsemen Warn Florida Policymakers "Decoupling" Would Cause Substantial Economic Loss
Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association Joins
Florida Well-Represented at Prestigious 2015 Breeders’ Cup, Thanks to Continued Live Racing Days, Competitive Purse Incentives
Decoupling Could Kill Florida’s Horse Industry, Ocala Star-Banner Editorial Board Writes
Meet the World-Famous Florida Horsemen Who Oppose Decoupling: The McKathan Brothers Taught Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah How to Be a Racehorse
SNL Financial Founder Reid Nagle Voices Opposition to Florida Horse Racing Decoupling
Read What National Horse Racing Media Has To Say About Florida's Misguided "Decoupling" Proposal
Florida Could “Decouple” Horse Racing, Breeding Right Out of Business
Florida Horsemen Launch
* Florida's Hamilton “Downs” Relinquishes Jai Alai Pari-Mutuel Permit as Litigation Begins Over Horse-Related Pari-Mutuel Violations
* Florida and the Pharoah Impact



1 comment:

FloridaHorsemen said...

Thanks for posting this, Allan . . . We are really impressed at the level of civic engagement by the national #HarnessRacing #horsemen. All of us can take a lesson on the importance of #political involvement from our #Standardbred friends!