The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association announced Dec. 26 that it has reached an agreement with Gulfstream Park on a purse contract for 2017.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 19% increase in net earnings for the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same three months last year, and attributed a 61% spike in net revenue for the quarter to Big Fish Games.
Gretna Racing, which won a license to offer Quarter Horse barrel racing as a steppingstone to apply for slot machines, was dealt a setback when the Florida First District Court of Appeal Oct. 2 reversed its earlier opinion.
Calder Casino & Race Course is said to be planning to demolish its seven-story grandstand/clubhouse building beginning in December after a two-month meet operated by Gulfstream Park.
Average fields of just over eight horses per race might be enough for right now, but Gulfstream Park has the potential for fields larger than that during future summer meets, officials said.
Gulfstream Park will open its 2015 spring/summer racing season April 8 with an eight-race card topped by a $46,000 allowance optional claimer that includes the Todd Pletcher-trained stakes runner Vinceremos.
Bill White, one of South Florida's all-time leading trainers, has been elected president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for the 12 months that began April 1.
In filings made to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Gulfstream and Tampa Bay selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year that are almost identical to its 2014-15 schedule.
Calder and Churchill Downs Inc. still have not applied for any of the permits required to tear down barns and put up new structures, the head of the development department for the city of Miami Gardens said.
A group of trainers with horses on the backstretch at Calder Casino & Race Course were told Jan. 2 they have to relocate their stock.
Gulfstream Park said Jan. 1 its total pari-mutuel handle on live racing in 2014 was a record $1.2 billion for one year.
Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly is considering an extension of its Jan. 1 eviction deadline for the approximately 300 horses that remain stabled in a recently fenced-in area of its barn area.
Any doubts that Gulfstream is the name of the game in South Florida racing will be removed Oct. 8, when Gulfstream Park holds a 40-day meet at Calder Casino & Race Course under the name Gulfstream Park West.
Calder Casino & Race Course has undergone "extensive renovations" in advance of its fall meet, said lessee The Stronach Group, which has changed the name of the racing operation to Gulfstream Park West.
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association said Aug. 26 it has approved the breeder bonus and the stallion owner bonus that elevate overall breeders' awards to their highest levels to date.
Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti remains determined to bring Thoroughbreds back to his famous racetrack in Hialeah, Fla., and is hoping to stage a comeback with his one-time nemesis Gulfstream Park.
Hialeah Park has announced a major expansion of its casino and indicated it will continue to work toward holding a Thoroughbred meet.
A deal allowing The Stronach Group, owner of Gulfstream Park, to run racing operations at Calder Casino & Race Course is official.
Jockey Zarella Ore, injured in a spill June 27 at Calder Casino & Race Course, has regained consciousness and remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, trainer Walter Rosas-Canessa said June 30.
A report that Calder Casino & Race Course is preparing to close its poker room could be an indication that Calder and South Florida neighbor Gulfstream Park will soon receive state approval for their deal on racing dates.
Jockey Zarella Ore was air-lifted from Calder Casino & Race Course after a spill in the sixth race Friday, June 27 at the Miami Gardens, Fla. track.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course are heading into the June 27-29 weekend they hoped would be their last with head-to-head racing, and it appears both will continue racing through at least early July.
Gulfstream Park has released its stakes schedule for July through early October, including seven races that are substitutes for stakes that had been scheduled for Calder Casino & Race Course's Summit of Speed on July 5.
Calder Casino & Race Course said June 16 it has canceled its "Summit of Speed" program scheduled for July 5 because of its pending racing-dates deal with nearby Gulfstream Park.
As part of agreement to have The Stronach Group take over racing operations at Calder Casino & Race Course, CDI announced May 28 that it will walk away from its involvement in HRTV as TSG will become sole owner.
A horseplayers group that organized a protest of Churchill Downs reports handle is down $19.3 million through the first 14 race days at the Louisville track.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said May 9 it has given Gulfstream Park recommendations regarding a Gulfstream plan for ending head-to-head weekend racing with neighboring Calder.
Waterford Stable's Summer Front will try to win the Miami Mile Handicap (gr. IIIT) for a second straight year when the 5-year-old son of War Front faces an expected 13 rivals in the April 19 race.
Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend will make his final prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands when the gelded son of Tapit goes to post in the $250,000 Calder Derby at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Apprentice jockey Arny Fontanez earned his first career win Feb. 21 at Calder Casino & Racecourse, taking the third race aboard 30-1 shot Run Gia Run.
Owner Frank Carl Calabrese and trainer Kirk Ziadie have ended a high-profile partnership in which they each led in wins at two recent race meets at Calder Casino & Race Course and at the first summer/fall meet at Gulfstream.
Unless serious talks resume soon and quickly produce a settlement, Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course appear to be headed toward another 12 months of bitter head-to-head weekend racing.
Hialeah Park's preliminary racing dates filing for the 12 months beginning in July calls for another three-month season of Quarter Horse racing, without a return of Thoroughbreds.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have sent the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering preliminary dates filings that would result in another 12 months of head-to-head weekend racing starting in July 2014.
Tampa Bay Downs is planning a repeat of its current racing schedule, again with the controversial two extra days that helped it significantly increase its business in Florida's lucrative host track simulcasting market.
Calder Casino & Race Course concluded its Tropical Park meet Dec. 29 with the owner/trainer combination of Frank Calabrese and Kirk Ziadie at the top of the standings.
With New Year's Eve approaching, it's time for Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course to fire the first shots in their next battle over racing dates.
West Point Thoroughbreds' world-record holder Twilight Eclipse tops a field of older horses as he defends his title in the Dec. 28 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Calder Casino & Race Course said Dec. 23 the grade III La Prevoyante Handicap on the grass, scheduled for Dec. 28, has been canceled.
Gulfstream Park moved ahead of Tampa Bay Downs during November in Florida's three-way competition for host-track simulcast business, according to data released Dec. 12 by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
Shy's Aly, the only foal in the first crop of Florida-based stallion Too Shy Will Fly, rallied from last early to post a 7 1/2-length victory in a maiden special weight race Friday, Dec. 13, at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Gulfstream Park had all-sources handle six times greater than Calder Casino and Race Course during the Dec. 6-8 weekend.
Csaba successfully defended his title in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III), notching consecutive wins when he put away Valid in the final sixteenth of the Dec. 7 test at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Hialeah Park has begun its fifth consecutive Quarter Horse racing season and is preparing for a year in which it might have its biggest chance yet to regain a Thoroughbred racing license.
Millions Turf Preview Stakes winner Bad Debt shares co-highweight assignment with Philly Ace in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 7 at Calder, a race Philly Ace won in 2012 in his last start.
Angelica Zapata will try to register fourth straight stakes victory and first career graded stakes win when she faces a full field of fillies and mares in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap Dec. 7 at Calder Casino & Race Course
Csaba returns to graded stakes company for the first time since this summer in a title defense of the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Dec 7 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Dec. 3 the promotion of Maureen Adams to president and general manager of Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Calder Casino & Race Course is planning a mid-December move of its poker room from its racing building to its casino building, perhaps in an effort to increase revenue.
Gil Campbell's homebred Scandalous Act, who swept the three-race Florida Stallion Series races for fillies, worked a half-mile in :51 4/5 at Calder Oct. 25 in preparation of the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
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