In a case that shows that the pari-mutuels are not to be viewed all as one industry all in harmony -- there's all kinds of pushing and shoving among each other -- a state court judge has ruled in favor of Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park in its nearly five-year dispute with Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino over access to simulcasts of out-of-state thoroughbred horse races. So it looks like the simulcasts will continue, although it took an awful long time for that to happen.
Isle Casino & Racing --along with six other South Florida pari-mutuel permit holders, including Mardi Gras Casino -- brought suit against Gulfstream Park in January 2009 after Gulfstream threatened to withhold the evening simulcast signals. Isle lawyers argued that Gulfstream was required to provide the simulcasts under state law.
Isle Casino & Racing was represented by Gary C. Rosen, Alan B. Koslow and Daniel L. Wallach of the Fort Lauderdale office (pictured) of Becker & Poliakoff, together with Jack M. Skelding, Jr., of Brewton Plante, P.A., in Tallahassee.
After obtaining a temporary injunction against Gulfstream Park in 2009, prohibiting Gulfstream Park from withholding the nighttime signal for the duration of the case, Isle Casino & Racing (joined by the other South Florida pari-mutuels) filed a motion for summary judgment in February 2013.
Broward Circuit Judge John Bowman entered final summary judgment, finding that Gulfstream Park was required by Section 550.6305(9)(g)(2), Florida Statutes, to continue disseminating the simulcast signals of thoroughbred races that it receives from out-of-state venues after 6 p.m. to the plaintiffs.
The court entered a permanent injunction against Gulfstream Park.