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Court overrules regulators regarding ‘flag drop’ races

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An appellate court on Tuesday unanimously reversed state regulators in favor of a ragtag north Florida horse track looking to become a “first-class (gambling) facility.” The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering last year rejected an administrative law judge’s tossing out of the state’s complaint that Hamilton Downs ran “flag drop” races contrary to its license. But a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the track, which it described as “an L-shaped…

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up slot machine dispute

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The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal dispute that could result in slot machines being added at dog and horse tracks across the state. The 1st District Court of Appeal in early October ruled that slot machines couldn’t be installed at a facility west of Tallahassee. But the decision was unusual because the court overturned its own decision. The court had ruled in May that slot machines were allowed because Gadsden County voters approved a referendum authorizing…

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