"We have a signed contract with our HBPA, and support for the contract by the majority of HBPA directors and members, Berube said. "But, because the president of the local HBPA was not allocated stalls for his horses during the present racing season, he is promoting this boycott."
According to Berube, the national HBPA leadership has encouraged affiliated HBPA organizations to deny access by Tampa Bay Downs to their simulcast signals due to the "discrimination" of Tampa Bay Downs HBPA President Bob Jeffries. "He (Jeffries) failed to offer a proper mix of horses for the 2002 season. But, because he is the HBPA president, he felt he should have been allocated stalls. To do so would offend other horsemen who complied with our stall policy," the general manager said.The tracks denying the signal include Turfway Park, Turf Paradise, Sam Houston Race Park, Fair Grounds, Delta Downs, Charles Town Races, and Beulah Park.Berube plans to meet with the horsemen Thursday to advise them of the purse adjustment.