A group of horse owners and trainers on Monday sued Hialeah Park in Miami and 74 simulcasting outlets in the United States and Canada, claiming they illegally accepted nearly $11-million in off-track wagers.
The federal suit was filed by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents about 5,000 horsemen. It said the illegal wagering came during the last 10 days of the 60-day season at Hialeah Park after the FHBPA had withdrawn its consent.
The consent, pulled May 11, was required under a 1978 federal law and the FHBPA's contract with Hialeah Park, according to the lawsuit.
The suit names casinos such as the Taj Majal in Atlantic City and the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and other race tracks, including Nassau Downs in Hempstead, N. Y., and The Downs in Albuquerque, N. M.
"These outlets chose to ignore our attorney's letter advising them that we had withdrawn our consent to accept wagering on the simulcasts," said Ken Stirling, FHBPA president.
Hialeah, like most tracks, derives a substantial part of its income from simulcasting races to outlets around the country. The FHBPA gets a percentage.
The horsemen's group said it withdrew its consent for the off-track wagers because the track was underpaying purses. Stirling put the total underpayment at about $500,000.
John Van Lindt, executive vice president for Hialeah Park, said he had not seen the suit and had no immediate comment.
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_ Compiled from Times wires.