New York OTBs Begin Importing Gulfstream Signal

New York City off-track betting corporations began importing the signal from Gulfstream Park Jan. 17 after an agreement was reached on a rate for the signal.

The parlors didn’t carry the first 10 days of the meet, which began Jan. 3. The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association said it notified the OTB corporations in September that it intended to seek a rate hike from 2.55% to 2.85% for the 2007 meet, but negotiations didn’t begin until late December.

Horsemen said the 0.30% hike would produce an extra $250,000, half of which would go to track owner Magna Entertainment Corp. New York City OTB, the largest of the corporations by volume, said it had a contract with Gulfstream for the 2.55% rate; the Florida HBPA said it wasn’t party to the contract when it was signed in 2003.

Details of the new agreement weren’t immediately available. Florida HBPA executive director Kent Stirling declined to comment. Sam Gordon, president of the organization, couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

On its Web site, NYCOTB had the following announcement: “NYCOTB is pleased to announce that we will be offering wagering from Gulfstream Park beginning Jan. 17. The contract dispute between Gulfstream Park and its horsemen has been resolved.

Stirling earlier said the characterization that the dispute was between horsemen and the track was false. He said Gulfstream supported the horsemen’s position, but he couldn’t speak for MEC.