Senate approves Florida horse racing decoupling bill

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Thoroughbreds Excluded in FL Bill

Under the proposal, gaming facilities with pari-mutuel permits could operate even if they don’t host the contests typically associated with those facilities. That would allow card rooms and, in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, slot machines to continue at casinos run at jai alai frontons, former greyhound racing tracks closed down last year, and Florida’s last remaining harness racing track to be decoupled from those pari-mutuel gambling operations.

That would not be so for thoroughbred racing, which proponents of the bill contend is still too big and too important an industry in Florida to risk losing.

Gov. Wolf in Pennsylvania is looking to put an end to the horse racing subsidies there. 

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