The state didn’t have the authority to license barrel racing at two North Florida racetracks, an administrative law judge ruled Monday, raising questions about whether the races can continue or expand to other horse tracks.
Judge John G. Van Landingham’s 85-page ruling is the latest twist in a drawn-out legal battle over whether barrel racing, until two years ago typically a rodeo event, is a legitimate pari-mutuel gambling activity in Florida.
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The News Service of Florida contributed to this story.