Florida: Appellate Court Ruling Will Allow Challenges To Breeders’ Awards Plan

In an opinion issued July 24, Florida's First District Court of Appeal has determined that Thoroughbred breeders in the state “have a legal right” to challenge provisions in the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's annual plan that outlines breeders' award funds.

According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the court ruling overturns a 2016 decision by Administrative Law Judge Bruce McKibben, which stated that Southern Cross Farm, owned by Belinda Kitos, had “no legal standing to challenge any provisions of the plan submitted by the FTBOA as administrator of the awards program to the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.”

In that 2016 ruling, Judge McKibben determined that Ms. Kitos' interests “were not substantially affected” by the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering's “mere approval” of the plan, and that it was “speculative as to whether Kitos would earn any breeders awards in the future that might be affected by the plan submitted.”

In making its decision, the appellate court “went back to the stated purpose of the law that established the breeders' incentive awards, which were ‘to encourage the agricultural activity of breeding and training racehorses in this state'.”

Read more in the Blood-Horse

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