Florida Taxpayers Subsidizing Gretna Barrel Failure: State of Florida Cheated Out of 99.1 Percent Of Revenue It Could Be Earning Through Legitimate Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association (FQHRA) Quarter Horse Racing

For every day that Florida taxpayers foot the litigation bill to keep “pari-mutuel barrel racing” afloat at Gretna Racing LLC, the State loses at least 99.1 percent of the revenue it would otherwise get from legitimate, FQHRA-sanctioned Quarter Horse racing such as that being held at Hialeah Park.

Because pari-mutuels pay a percentage of taxes based on wagering handle, Florida received only $19.64 in daily pari-mutuel tax payments from Gretna “barrel racing” during December and January.  Factor in the legal time and expense paid for by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, this tiny return was overwhelmed by the cost of complex taxpayer-funded litigation to sustain Gretna.

In a stark day-to-day, meet-to-meet December/January comparison, an average daily attendance of 4,100 patrons of real Quarter Horse racing at Hialeah Park wagered $2,672,358.03 during the same time period—a revenue difference of over 99 percent.  


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Amount $$ Spent by Florida Taxpayers to Defend Gretna  Barrel Racing


Amount $$ Lost by Horsemen Defending Against Hostile Gretna AND State Litigation

Nearly $200,000





*Gretna attendance noted by

AP News coverage


**Hialeah exact turnstile count reported to the State of Florida


    Non-litigation data provided courtesy of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering  

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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