George F. Sharp passed away on Sat., April 14 after battling pancreatic cancer for three years. He was 73-years-old. Sharp was the horse identifier for over 32 years at South Florida racetracks before retirement. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jerry, of Cutler Ridge, Fla.; sons Michael and George, Jr.; brother John; and several nieces and nephews. George has been cremated and no other services have been planned. Four new members will be inducted into the Calder Hall of Fame on May 27 in a winner's circle ceremony: The Vid, who eared over $950,000 in 40 starts, with a dozen of his 14 career wins coming on grass. The Vid passed away at Irish Acres Farm near Ocala, Fla., in June 2000 at age 10. His first foals are 3-year-olds; Mike Gonzalez, the leading rider at Calder Race Course in 1987, winning 33 stakes; Ralph Ziadie, trainer, former leading trainer at Calder; and Cobble View Stables, the man behind the stables, Gardner Landon, passed away this year on Jan. 1 at age 84. The Calder Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to honor those who have made history at Florida's first and only year-round Thoroughbred facility. ...Tampa Bay Downs will host a Fan Appreciation Day May 6, with all patrons receiving free grandstand admission and parking.

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