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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

SNL Financial Founder Reid Nagle Voices Opposition to Florida Horse Racing Decoupling

Reid Nagle
(from Nodecoupling.com)
Before he started training Thoroughbred race horses in Florida five years ago, Reid Nagle had spent more than 30 years in the world of high finance. In 1987 he founded SNL Financial, the premier multi-industry business intelligence service that caters to Wall Street and public companies worldwide. Starting with four employees and a small office in Hoboken, New Jersey, today SNL has 3,300 employees, offices in 4 continents and was just sold last month to McGraw-Hill Financial for $2.25 billion.

Currently, Nagle has 20 horses in training, split between Oak Ridge Equine Training Center in Morriston and Gulfstream Park. He operates a high-end barn rental operation at Oak Ridge, and owns the largest manure removal and shavings delivery company serving the Ocala area—All-In Shavings and Removal. These rapidly growing horse-related enterprises collectively have 35 full-time employees in Florida.

Humble and soft-spoken, Nagle loves Florida and loves to train his Thoroughbreds here. But Nagle’s love for the Sport of Kings was why he’s stepping up and voicing his objection to any legislative consideration of “decoupling”–a misguided plan he agrees will trash horse racing in Florida, and forcing him to export horses and jobs to more horse-racing friendly states.

“Decoupling casinos from horse racing will cripple our businesses,” he explained from his Central Florida operation. “Opposing it is a no-brainer.”

“I’d very likely have to race my horses elsewhere,” he said, “because, at that point, Florida just won’t be able to compete effectively with the many other states that have kept the linkage between casino gambling and horse racing. Our other horse-related businesses would shrink dramatically as well.”

Florida horse racing industry officials have sounded the alarm at the recent surge of legislative interest in “decoupling,” which would effectively expand gambling by immediately creating stand-alone casinos and eliminating Florida’s competitive edge in attracting horse racing business from other states.

“Florida seems committed to doing anything and everything imaginable to compete with other states for business, and now some misguided legislators are considering changes that would cripple the State’s robust horse racing industry that attracts tourists and provides employment to tens of thousands of workers,” Nagle said.

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1 comment:

Florida HBPA said...

Horsemen . . . as you read this article and think "What can I do?" the answer is simple:

Take five minutes, click on the "Find Your Elected Official" link below, or go to www.NoDecoupling.com to get contact information for Florida Legislators. Write them an email and tell them you oppose decoupling of any kind so that Florida horse racing can stay competitive! Unlike stand-alone casinos, horse racing creates exponential economic impact. Tell legislators YOU are the small business they need to care about. We can't do this without a strong showing of grass roots support from our many successful horsemen. It only takes a moment . . .

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

or

www.NoDecoupling.com

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