Quarter horse group loses legal challenges

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An effort to stop administrative hearings underway over a Gretna race track’s ability to offer barrel racing failed on Tuesday, reports the News Service of Florida. Attorneys for the Florida Quarter Horse Track Association, which supports allowing barrel racing at a new Gretna-based race track, asked a Leon County Circuit Court Judge to issue a “stay” over administrative proceedings over a dispute involving two quarter horse groups. The Florida Quarter Horse Track Association has filed two lawsuits in Leon County Circuit Court that it wants to take precedence over the administrative hearings. But attorneys for the similarly named Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association said they would prefer to let the administrative hearings proceed because the stakes are so high. That group opposes an effort to allow barrel racing in Gretna, and the two groups disagree over a law that requires the racing association to receive a certain portion of racing revenues. Judge Kevin Carroll denied the effort to pause the administrative hearings, saying he did not want to interfere with the administrative proceedings

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