Barrel Racing Track Loses Legal Fight

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- An administrative judge is ruling that the state was wrong to let a Panhandle track conduct barrel racing.

The ruling issued Monday means that the track in the town of Gretna could be forced to shut down both its track and its poker room.

Creek Entertainment Gretna opened the track in December 2011 which features the rodeo-style sport of barrel racing.

The operators maintained that barrel racing was legal because they had obtained a permit for quarter horse racing from the state.

But others in the quarter horse industry challenged whether the Department of Business and Professional Regulation had the authority to allow it.

The state has 30 days to decide whether to appeal the ruling. An agency spokeswoman said state regulators were still reviewing the decision.

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