Things are getting ugly in Florida.

According to a report in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel Tuesday night, Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana believes Gulfstream Park may be in violation of Broward County’s order requiring non-essential businesses to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Javellana said the track had threatened legal action against the city of Hallandale Beach if officials try to shut down racing. Javellana said Broward County has indicated it is up to the city and its police department to enforce the order.

Per the news report, at least 20 people are required to conduct a race card, which exceeds the maximum number of ten people allowed to gather according to the order.

It remains unclear who would face criminal charges for holding racing in violation of the order.

“I just really feel for the jockeys, the cameramen, the different staff that go into putting together this operation who are going to have to come home, who probably don’t want to go into work,” Javellana told the Sun-Sentinel. “It’s just not the ideal situation, and they’re not an essential business. I’m sorry to say but the Derby does not have to go on.



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