TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An administrative law judge is hearing a dispute over whether Florida law allows betting on quarter horse barrel racing.
Judge Cathy Sellers began the hearing Monday. It could take several days.
Traditional quarter horse racing interests are challenging a decision by the state Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to license barrel racing in the small Panhandle town of Gretna last year.
Barrel racing is a women's rodeo event.
The facility's owners have since used barrel racing to qualify for a poker room and potentially slot machines.
Voters in Gadsden County have approved slots at the facility, but so far Gretna Racing hasn't requested a license for the machines.
Attorney General Pam Bondi, meanwhile, has issued a legal opinion saying slots are allowed only in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
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