"It's a declaratory action to determine our rights are under the Interstate Horseracing Act," explained Marty Maline, director of the Kentucky HBPA, "Our attorney felt it would be prudent to clarify this once and for all."But Peter Berube, Tampa's general manager, has threatened lawsuits against horsemen's groups that withhold their signals. "We have a valid binding contract with the HBPA which we expect will be fulfilled," he said.
Tampa opened for its 2001-2002 live meet on Dec. 15 without the ability to accept simulcasting from tracks in six states, as horsemen from around the country have lined-up in support of Jeffries."We all have to look after each other," said John Roark, president of the Texas HBPA, one of the groups that have voted to withhold its signal.