Joint Statement by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (the Florida Chapter of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association) and the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association (the Florida arm of the American Quarter Horse Racing Association) on the final event at Gulfstream Park today, April 8, 2012:
“It should be advised that today’s unlawful Gulfstream Park event billed as a ‘Quarter Horse’ race is not recognized, authorized or regulated by the American Quarter Horse Association, which regulates and oversees the integrity of all lawful Quarter Horse racing globally and in the United States, including Florida. At no time has the American Quarter Horse Association been contacted about approving Gulfstream’s plans for today.
Further, the horses in today’s highly questionable event have not even been certified as actual registered, accredited Quarter Horses. The lack of a regulation starting gate and the use of barrel racing riders as ‘jockeys’ should be of great concern to the public as to the legitimacy of the fiasco.
Why Gulfstream Park has chosen now to so flagrantly violate its current and binding contract with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association remains a mystery, but track officials have been duly notified that our organization, which represents over 6,000 Thoroughbred horsemen in the State of Florida, will use all necessary remedies to ensure racing there is implemented properly, with integrity and according to our contract, and both state and federal law.
The question still remains as to whether a race was actually ever even run under Gulfstream’s Quarter Horse ‘After Care’ license on December 31, 2011, and whether the State of Florida will allow that, combined with today’s unlawful event, to technically fulfill Florida’s two-year live racing requirements, with the goal toward opening a new casino that would include additional slot machines.”
Update on the “results” of yesterday’s phony “Quarter Horse” race at Gulfstream Park–apparently, the duel was won by a 12 year-old mare of unknown breeding, who paid $3.00 to win. It is not known whether the barrel race riders, who used Western saddles and were dressed up to resemble jockeys, were weighed in before the event, or were held to any other such regulation. Since the American Quarter Horse Association has not authorized or approved Gulfstream’s “Quarter Horse” event, Equibase did not even track the results.
What IS known is that more than several rules of racing were broken in carrying out the event, including the issuance of duplicitous entry sheets, and a serious infraction of entering a horse in the “race” after the entries were closed. This is illegal in both Thoroughbred AND Quarter Horse racing. One of the horses that finally “ran” was actually one of the illegal entries.
Nowhere in Gulfstream’s on-line results, entries or scratches does the billed “Quarter Horse race” show up. What data will be reported the the State of Florida is anyone’s guess.