TBHBPA board member Robert Van Worp, whose son, Judson, was denied stalls, said Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Manuel Menendez denied the TBHBPA request for injunctive relief as being null because the previous contract expired in May. The denial of stalls is one particularly sticky issue in another contentious contract negotiation. If a contract isn't signed by Saturday, Tampa Bay Downs cannot simulcast its races and track executives have said purses will be cut by $35,000, according to Van Worp.Last year, Tampa Bay Downs opened without a contract. The day was plagued with short fields, poor attendance, and a total on-track handle of $165,920.Horsemen met Monday afternoon with Grady and assistant general manager Peter Berube, but no progress was made toward drafting a new contract. Another negotiating session has been scheduled for Thursday."With the court's decision, we believe the remaining issues under negotiation can be effectively addressed before opening day," Grady said.
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