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During Seminole Compact debate, lawmaker uncovers obscure sweetheart deal for Thoroughbred Breeders group

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As the Legislature continues debating a new Seminole Compact, the issue of decoupling has once again moved to the forefront. Publicly, one of the chief opponents of decoupling — which removes live race requirements for facilities to host slots and card rooms at pari-mutuels — is the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association (FTBOA).  However, in the backrooms of Tallahassee, the FTBOA and its lobbyists appear to be attempting to pull one over on well-intentioned legislators and, in the process, creating a secret loophole for the special treatment of a little-known pari-mutuel…

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In high-stakes race with thoroughbred industry, Oxford Downs stays on track

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Florida’s thoroughbred industry is going all out in a high-stakes race against Oxford Downs, the quarter-horse track near The Villages in southern Marion County. Looking to develop a new horse racing facility in Marion, Ocala-based Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) joined forces with a questionable trade organization in the yearlong effort to stamp out one of the region’s up-and-coming entertainment venues. The FTBOA, representing Thoroughbred breeders and owners statewide, is not facing easy odds. The group has met…

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