Angry Job Seekers Turned Away From Paltry 150 Gretna Casino Jobs; Police Called Out on Disenfranchised Gadsden and Quincy Applicants, WTXL and WCTV Reports, United Florida Horsemen Note

United Florida Horsemen issued the following statement in response to WTXL and WCTV reports of Gretna Racing and would-be Casino calling the police on angry job seekers this weekend, November 12, 2011:

“Members of the Florida horse racing industry were chagrined to see angry job seekers being turned away yesterday from what was the reality of just a relatively few low-paying jobs at the would-be Gretna Casino.  What these unfortunate unemployed people don’t realize is that Gretna is purposely holding barrel racing instead of legitimate horse racing in order to avoid hiring for thousands more jobs that real horse racing would bring.  Because barrel racing uses fewer horses than legitimate horse racing, by holding barrel racing, Gretna is purposely cutting costs to avoid the expense of creating the jobs they could otherwise have available if real horse racing was being held there.  It should speak volumes to job seekers that Gretna Casino officials couldn’t even be on hand to greet applicants at their own job fair.  Meanwhile, because of Gretna’s capricious actions, 51,700 people employed by legitimate Florida horse racing stand to lose their jobs if “pari-mutuel barrel racing,” (on which legal action is pending) is allowed to irresponsibly expand gambling in Florida.  What’s worse, it could negatively impact the Seminole Gaming Compact that provides needed funds to Florida schools.”

The United Florida Horsemen include:

  • Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association:   Kent Stirling, Executive Director (305) 628-2989 or
  • Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association and Florida Quarter Horse Breeders’ and Owners’ Association:  Dr. Steve Fisch, DVM (850) 510-9650 or
  • Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners Association:  Dr. Phil Matthews, President at

About unitedfloridahorsemen

The United Florida Horsemen, comprises the organizations listed below, and represents the interests of Florida's horsemen and horse racing industry to Regulators, the Florida Legislature, Public Policy Makers and the community at large. • National and Florida Barrel Horse Association (24,000 members) • American Quarter Horse Association (350,000 national members; 7,163 Florida members) • Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association (439 members) • U.S. Trotting Association (25,000 members) • Florida Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association (630 members) • Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (1,300 members) • National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (35,000 members) • Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (5,000 members)
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