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Presious Passion Seeks McKnight Repeat

Presious Passion Seeks McKnight Repeat

Grade I winner Presious Passion has not been in the best of form lately, but the 5-year-old gelding will try to get back to his winning ways in an event he scored in last year, the $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT). The 1 1/2-mile turf event is one of four graded stakes on Calder Race Course's $500,000 Grand Slam program Dec. 13 in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Jockey Lopez Barred From CDI Tracks

Jockey Lopez Barred From CDI Tracks

Churchill Downs Inc. said Nov. 14 that it has barred Pascacio "Paco" Lopez, this year's leading jockey at Calder Race Course, from riding at Calder and other CDI-owned tracks through Jan. 2, 2009, which is the end of the Tropical at Calder meet. The prohibition also includes current meets at Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds.

O'Donnell Named Calder President

O'Donnell Named Calder President

Gaming executive Tom O'Donnell has been named president and general manager of Calder Race Course, parent company Churchill Downs Inc. announced Nov. 13. O'Donnell also will serve as a senior vice-president of CDI, the company said.

Jerkens Released from Hospital

Jerkens Released from Hospital

Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens' first order of business after being released the morning of Nov. 12 from Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation Center was to visit his barn at Belmont Park.

Order Sought to Halt 'Compact' Gaming

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on Sept. 19 asked the National Indian Gaming Commission to issue a temporary order to shut down the blackjack and baccarat tables and Class III Las Vegas-style slot machines at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Calder Slots Deal Signed by CDI, FTBOA

Churchill Downs Inc. and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association announced on Sept. 10 that they have reached an agreement on a contract for future slot machine revenue at CDI-owned Calder Race Course.

Are Calder Agreements in Jeopardy?

Reports that Churchill Downs Inc. and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association are stalled in talks on a Calder Race Course slot machine contract are leading to concerns about possible cancellation of two contracts between CDI and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

State Grants Calder Additional Dark Days

Calder Race Course got state permission to run four days a week instead of five for an 11-week period beginning Sept. 1. The South Florida track has lost horses due to reduced purses that were caused by a lingering dispute over simulcast signal distribution.

'Realities' Force Calder Date Cuts

'Realities' Force Calder Date Cuts

Calder Race Course has asked the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for permission to hold live racing four days a week, rather than five, during 11 weeks beginning Sept. 1.

Tropical Storm Cancels Calder Training

Tropical Storm Cancels Calder Training

Calder Race Course will close its main track and training track for training Aug. 19 in anticipation of the effects of Tropical Storm Fay, which was moving across the Florida Straits the morning of Aug. 18. Simulcasting is also canceled at the Miami Gardens facility. No live racing was scheduled Aug. 18-20. Calder expects to reopen its tracks and simulcast facilities Aug. 20.

CDI Pleased with Quarterly Results

CDI Pleased with Quarterly Results

Churchill Downs Inc. said Aug. 6 it was pleased with its second quarter results despite various challenges that left the company with flat earnings in year-over-year comparison, claiming a high-profile dispute with horsemen had "little impact" on certain aspects of its financial performance.

Hialeah Redux: Beyond Brunetti, Minor

Hialeah Redux: Beyond Brunetti, Minor

Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti is looking forward to meeting with prospective buyer Halsey Minor about what he calls multiple "hurdles" to returning racing to the historic track that last held a meet in 2001.

'The Bull Rules Again in Smile Sprint

'The Bull Rules Again in Smile Sprint

They are running out of superlatives for IEAH Stables and partners' Benny the Bull, as the nation's top sprinter again unleashed his devastating turn of foot in the stretch to run right by the leaders in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) July 12 at Calder Race Course. The 5-year-old son of Lucky Lionel won by two lengths under Edgar Prado.

Horsemen Say Calder Issues Resolved

The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association announced July 5 it has reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. on purses and slot machine revenue for Calder Race Course. If the contracts are signed, Calder could export its July 12 "Summit of Speed" program to tracks around the country.

Smile Sprint 'Cap Field Takes Shape

Smile Sprint 'Cap Field Takes Shape

At this time last year at Calder Race Course, trainer Steve Standridge had Rustlewood Farm's Florida homebred Mach Ride poised to score the biggest victory of his career in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on a memorable 'Summit of Speed' day program, but will not be able to defend his title this year.

Marquis Named Calder Vet

Marquis Named Calder Vet

Dr. Patricia Maquis was named senior track veterinarian at Calder Race Course. Dr. Marquis replaces Dr. Mary Scollay who took the position of equine medical director at the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority

FL Tracks Wary as Tribal Gaming Expands

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is preparing for the June 22 launch of blackjack and baccarat at its Hollywood, Fla., casino located 10 miles from Gulfstream Park, one of the racetracks that filed suits to stop the Seminole gaming expansion.

Calder Meeting: Considerable Progress

The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's general counsel said June 10 his organization could sign agreements "in the very near future" on 2008 purses and future slot-machine revenue at Calder Race Course.

Calder Impasse: Let's Meet Tomorrow

Following a June 9 meeting, officials of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Churchill Downs Inc. plan to meet again June 10 in an effort to resolve a costly contracts dispute at CDI-owned Calder Race Course.

Finallymadeit Wins Memorial Day Stakes

Finallymadeit Wins Memorial Day Stakes

Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing's 4-year-old homebred colt Finallymadeit won his ninth race at Calder and tenth overall when taking the $36,000 Memorial Day overnight stakes in gate-to-wire fashion May 26 under jockey Eduardo Nunez.

Memorial Day Stakes Attracts Nine

Memorial Day Stakes Attracts Nine

Rolbea Thoroughbreds' 4-year-old homebred Finallymadeit was the 'Iron Horse' of South Florida last year. He made 19 starts with eight victories and four seconds, earned $362,000, and all but one of those starts came in sprint races for trainer Javier Negrete.

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