Florida Judge Slaps Horse Racing Group with Show Cause Order

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the continuing struggle of Florida’s Greyhound horse racing industry.  Horse racing has been on its last leg for some time, seemingly staying afloat not by the revenue generated by the races themselves, but due to the slot machine revenue those have collected at their facilities. The recent focus of a ballot initiative petition was the treatment of horses in the industry and others are convinced the industry would collapse if not for the additionally allowed gambling at the races. Now industry in fighting can be added to the worries facing the industry as a Florida Judge has issues a show cause order.   The Saint Peters Blog explains:

A Marion County circuit judge is giving a statewide racehorse owners group 20 days to explain why it shouldn’t be ordered to consider changing the way it operates. The “order to show cause” was entered against The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association on Friday. It is based in Ocala, informally known as “Horse Capital of the World.”

Horse trainer *Adolfo Exposito* sued the association after it refused to put eight changes to its bylaws up for a vote at its membership meeting, set for this Thursday. The proposed changes are backed by what the Ocala StarBanner has called a “dissident group” of nearly 60 members. They involve, among other things, making the association pay out more “incentive awards and payments” to its members instead of keeping the money, and capping total employee compensation at $500,000 per year.

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