Appeals court denies barrel racing rehearing

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A state appeals court has given Gretna Racing LLC what could be a final legal “no” in its bid to resume pari-mutuel barrel racing, reports Jim Freer.

On March 17, the First District Court of Appeal denied Gretna Racing’s request for a rehearing of its recent ruling that will prohibit the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering from allowing Gretna Racing or any other Florida entity to conduct pari-mutuel barrel racing.
On Feb. 7, that court upheld an administrative court’s ruling from last May that said the Florida DPMW violated a state rulemaking process in 2011 when it granted  Gretna Racing a Quarter Horse license to hold pari-mutuel barrel racing.
In a one sentence statement March 17, the appeals court said: “Appellant’s motion filed February 24, 2014, for rehearing, rehearing en banc and clarification is denied.”
The Florida Quarter Horse Tracks Association, an affiliate of Gretna Racing, is the appellant. 
Gretna Racing and its affiliate have the option of asking the Supreme Court of Florida to review the appellate court’s ruling.
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Marc Dunbar, an attorney who represents Gretna Racing, did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment.

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