Gretna Cancels Open Barrel Racing

Controversial pari-mutuel barrel racing in Florida canceled for rest of season.

Paulick Report
October 6, 2012

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Opening for "pari-mutuel barrel racing" once again today, October 5, 2012, despite an imminent court ruling on the legality of its racing license, Creek Entertainment Gretna concurrently announced on its website that its remaining “open races” for 2012 have been canceled “due to low attendance.”

The North Florida gaming entity was awarded the spurious license by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering nearly one year to date, enabling it to conduct the brand new gambling product of "pari-mutuel barrel racing" without enabling legislation, regulatory hearings or public input.

“It is the lowest of ironies that Gretna Racing’s card and poker room continues to stay open 365 days a year,” said Kent Stirling, executive director of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents over 6,000 Florida Thoroughbred horsemen.

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