Armed with international industry stakeholder support, Sam Stathis—Founder and Chairman of Stathis Enterprises and the World Chariot Racing Federation—is on a mission to save harness racing in Florida before it is too late.
The recently proposed “decoupling” legislation has a chance to pass and Stathis explained “This decision could cause a ripple effect withmillions of dollars lost in business, agricultural and tax revenues plus thousands of lost jobs and countless number of horses being slaughtered. Not to mention the long term effects to tracks in other states where the same will happen. This could be prove devastating to the world’s horse racing industry in the process.
“I am completely disappointed that the United States Trotting Association approved $250,000 for market studies and social media and only $10,000 to help save harness racing in Florida.” Stathis added, “If decoupling passes in Florida, it would likely spread across all race horse tracks in the USA like wildfire. “I’m putting my money where my mouth is and donating a minimum of $11,000 in cash and $100,000 in services to stop decoupling.” Stathis said. When asked about the decoupling legislation’s impact on the horse racing economy, 2014 State of Florida CFO candidate William Rankin says, “I am opposed to any legislation that may cause a negative economic, social or environmental impact on the people in the state of Florida. Furthermore, I believe this decision may have unintended consequences that should be analyzed and all involved parties should have a chance to play a part in the ultimate solution.”
Stathis is calling upon all opponents of the legislation to meet at Pompano Park on Tuesday night.
“I am not asking for a donation. Come bet on me, enjoy the races, and let’s discuss how we can work together to stop this legislation.”
Stathis, who is a licensed owner, driver, trainer, will have his work cut out for him Tuesday at Pompano Park. The morning line has both his horses at odds of 12-1. Celebrity Lambo starts from post one in the first race and Celebrity Artemis goes from post four in the seventh race. “With a little luck, I hope to see everyone for a win photo after my races.” Stathis added. “I want this story to reach at least one million supporters and to get the legislature to realize what they are doing to Florida is wrong.”