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Greyhound group asks state to reverse decoupling decision

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As promised, the Florida Greyhound Association is asking state gambling regulators to “reconsider” their decision to allow Miami’s Magic City Casino to discontinue live dog racing. The association filed a “motion to intervene” Tuesday. Ending racing there “will put (its) members … out of business,” the motion says. “The purpose … is to forever end greyhound racing at the track. Many members are family owned businesses that have raced greyhounds at the race track for generations.”

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Dana Young joins push for new greyhound bill, banning steroids

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Decrying that racing dog owners are “doping greyhounds,” state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith joined state Rep. Alexandra Miller and Dana Young Friday in another effort to tighten regulation of dog racing in Florida, with a bill explicitly banning the use of steroids. Smith, the Orlando Democrat, and Miller, the Sarasota Republican, introduced House Bill 743 Thursday, replacing an earlier version Miller had introduced. Young, the Tampa Republican introduced Senate Bill 512 last month. On Thursday, it was referred to the…

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United Florida Horsemen “relieved” Session ends without decoupling

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The United Florida Horsemen said they were “relieved” the 2016 Legislative Session ended without lawmakers approving decoupling for Florida pari-mutuels. “Even though decoupling as part of the Seminole Gaming Compact legislation was declared ‘dead’ last Friday, March 4, a hostile decoupling amendment had been quietly filed the same day to HB 1187 and later to SB 1050 this week,” the group said in a Friday email. Decoupling removes race requirements for state pari-mutuels to run card rooms and slot machines,…

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American Pharoah trainers say decoupling could ‘ruin’ horse racing in Florida

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It doesn’t take much horse sense to know decoupling is a bad idea, say Florida Thoroughbred trainers. On Monday, Kevin McKathan and his brothers – the family who brought up Triple Crown winner American Pharoah — stepped forward to condemn the latest attempt at gambling expansion. Lawmakers are once again considering decoupling – removing the race requirements for slots and card rooms at pari-mutuels. Racinos and big-name casino companies are doubling down on any Florida politician who gives the idea…

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Florida Horsemen launch new website to oppose decoupling

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Florida racehorse owners are facing what could become an industry game changer as lawmakers consider “decoupling” horse racing to allow card rooms or slot machines. Decoupling removes Florida’s requirement that pari-mutuel facilities must offer live horse racing, dog racing or jai alai games to allow card rooms and/or slot machines. Many major media outlets are reporting that decoupling is “done deal” in the Florida Legislature, while racehorse owners, trainers and breeders say they oppose the plan in any form. The Florida…

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Financier Reid Nagle voices opposition to Florida horse race decoupling

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Before he started training Thoroughbred racehorses in Florida five years ago, Reid Nagle had spent more than 30 years in the world of high finance. In 1987, he founded SNL Financial, the premier multi-industry business intelligence service that caters to Wall Street and public companies worldwide. Starting with four employees and a small office in Hoboken, N.J., today SNL has 3,300 employees, offices in four continents and was just sold last month to McGraw-Hill Financial for $2.25 billion. Currently, Nagle has…

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Today on Context Florida: Primary power, sales jobs, decoupling and traffic

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Today on Context Florida: The power for a candidate to qualify for Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary ballot power rests solely with the Republican Party of Florida and its Chairman. In the opinion of RPOF Chair Blaise Ingoglia, this is too much power in the hands of one person or organization. Florida is one of the few states in the nation that does not have any qualifying criteria to appear on the ballot in statute or Republican Party rule. William Steiger says…

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