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Calder Race Course concluded its 31st Tropical meet on Thursday, Jan. 2. The meet, which traditionally kicks off the winter racing season in south Florida, offered 53 days of Thoroughbred horse racing.
Calder Racing Secretary Bob Umphrey has released the nominations to four stakes, three graded, worth a total of $600,000 to be run on Calder's Grand Slam II program on Saturday, Dec, 28.
Secretariat, Suffolk Downs featured on 'Woodie's World'...New Jersey breeders elect officers...National Museum of Racing hosts Horses for the Holidays...Calder's Fan Appreciation Day is Dec. 14.
The $1.65 million "Festival of the Sun" day program at Calder on Saturday, Oct. 12 will feature nine stakes races, highlighted by the $400,000 In Reality and My Dear Girl division finales of the track's signature Florida Stallion Stakes series.
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ariel Smith was slapped with a 27-day suspension by stewards at Calder Race Course
The $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes and $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes at a mile and 70 yards each will give Calder's top 2-year-old prospects their first opportunity to be tested over a distance of ground in a stakes race on Sept. 21.
- By Scott Davis
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering in August filed an administrative complaint against trainer Henry Collazo, alleging that a horse he ran at Calder Race Course tested positive for a derivative of morphine. The case has again put Florida's zero-tolerance policy under scrutiny.
After nearly six months on the sidelines, Stanley Ersoff's Band Is Passing returns to the races in Monday's $150,000 Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder.
Both the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen first-round Florida Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course produced mild upsets of favorites and round two comes Saturday in the $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan's Girl divisions at seven furlongs.
Trainer Marty Wolfson has won the $75,000 Aspidistra Handicap four times before and has entered a team of four fillies and mares in a bid for a fifth victory in the one mile turf course test Saturday at Calder Race Course.
The combined mutuel handle of $8,883,212 at Calder Saturday for the "Summit of Speed" program was an all-time record for the Calder meet.
Bob and Beverly Lewis' Orientate jumped out to the early lead and never looked back as the 4-year-old son of Mt. Livermore posted a decisive five-length triumph in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Stakes that was part of Calder Race Course's "Summit of Speed" card on Saturday.
The 3-year-old sprint scene is really just starting, so the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes could help sort it out.
Ten 3-year-old fillies, headed by Bold World, make up the field for Saturday's Azalea Stakes at Calder Race Course.
Saturday's ninth race at Calder, the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, sets off a four-race $1.3 million windfall for some of the nation's top sprinters.
Calder Race Course will feature a race of a different kind on Saturday, when the leading riders at the South Florida track take the gate without the aid of any horses.
Employing his usual come-from-behind running style, Newcomb Green's Dancing Guy wore down pacesetters Marquette and Wertz to win the $100,000 Americana Handicap at Calder Race Course on July 4.
Four new members will be inducted into the Calder Hall of Fame on July 13. They are: Hollywood Wildcat (horse), Luis Olivares (trainer), Ocala Stud Farm (owner/breeder), and Alex Solis (jockey).
Churchill Downs Inc., through its simulcasting network, has created a pick 4 linking four races at four of the tracks under the Churchill ownership umbrella, starting on June 22.
Bitterroot Racing Stable's Cellars Shiraz and Kinsman Stable's Four Pennies appear to be the leaders in the 3-year-old filly division here this summer and will meet for the first time Saturday in the $100,000 Office Queen Stakes at Calder Race Course.
- By Tom LaMarra
Legislation that would mandate three distinct seasons of Thoroughbred racing in South Florida has been introduced in the House by Rep. Rene Garcia, whose district includes Hialeah Park. Another bill introduced by Garcia calls for statutory changes related to racing dates.
TVG announced that the network will be airing the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale from Calder Race Course in Miami, Fla.
John Franks homebred' Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs in 1:03 Wednesday morning at Calder Race Course in preparation for his upcoming engagement in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9. Prior to Wednesday's work, Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs last Friday in 1:02 4/5.
The Calder meet that began in May--back when Sept. 11 was just another day on the calendar--came to a rousing conclusion during its extended closing weekend with five graded stakes, or exactly the same amount contested during the meet's first 166 days. Four of the stakes were on its Dec. 29 Grand Slam II card, the 32nd consecutive Saturday of racing at the Miami oval.
Edward Evans' homebred Gold Mover, one of 12 horses nominated to the Dec. 29 Chaposa Springs Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course, worked four furlongs at that track Sunday.
Eibar Coa rode winners in both $100,000 features at Calder Race Course on Saturday.
Favored P.C. Plod beat Plumb Bob by a neck in the $50,000 Tropical Park Steeplechase (NSA-III) at Calder on Sunday.
Crash Course, Tijiyr, and Slew Valley head the 12-horse field for Saturday's $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Calder Race Course.
Helen Groves' Batique and Jeanne Vance's Chaste will lead a full field of 12 fillies and mares postward in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Calder Race Course.
The fields are set for the four $100,000 stakes races to be run on Saturday's Grand Slam I program at Calder Race Course -- the biggest afternoon of racing on the national calendar that day.
Rich Meadow Stable and Alan Burkhard's 4-year-old Slew Valley is likely to invade Calder from Maryland for a return to competition in the $100,000 Tropical Park Turf Handicap (gr. III) next Saturday (Dec. 8).
The final stop on the NSA's 2001 calendar will include two races at Florida's Calder Race Course on Sunday, Dec. 9 and preliminary indications point to solid fields for both races.
Calder Race Course Wednesday released nominations for the four stakes comprising Grand Slam I on Dec. 8. Each race is worth $100,000.
Racing secretary Bob Umphrey reports that leading jockeys Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, and Jorge Chavez have committed to ride at Calder Race Course on Dec. 8, Grand Slam I Day, a program that will have four stakes races worth $100,000 each.
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- By Scott Davis
Though horsemen's groups in various states did not vote to pull their signals from all wagering outlets in Florida in response to a stall-application denial by Tampa Bay Downs, their forces are being marshaled.
- By Scott Davis
In what could be a major test for control of simulcast signals, horsemen's groups from a number of states were considering withdrawing their approval for the transmission of signals into Florida beginning Nov. 12.
Calder Race Course, near Miami, increased total handle by 3% to $631.6 million and increased total attendance by 2.4% to 591,039 for its 119-day meet that ended Nov. 3.
Western Pride led from the start and won the $200,000 Calder Derby by five lengths Saturday at Calder Race Course. Tour of the Cat was second, 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Built Up.
The $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl finale divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes series will be among the highlights of an outstanding card at Calder Saturday.
Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti has asked six organizations to each contribute $270,000 toward the cost of keeping the facility open for winter training. If they don't, Brunetti apparently will pull the plug on an endeavor that began only weeks ago.
Castlebrook set a track record at Calder Race Course on Saturday, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.55 on a fast track in the $50,000 Noble Royalty Handicap for fillies and mares. Jockey Eibar Coa picked up the mount on Castlebrook as regular rider Rosemary Homeister Jr. remains in New Jersey, unable to acquire a flight to South Florida following Tuesday's events.
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Nelson Bunker Hunt's Hattiesburg rallied while wide on the turn to win Saturday $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), earning her fifth consecutive win. During her streak, Hattiesburg has notched victories at five different tracks.
Dream Supreme earned her ninth win from 14 career starts Saturday at Calder, winning the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. III) by 4 3/4 lengths in the feature race of Calder's "Summit of Speed" card.
Dream Supreme, who was widely regarded as the nation's best sprint filly as a 3-year-old last year, leads the nine-horse field for Saturday's $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course.
Dream Supreme and City Zip are prominent among 21 sprint stars from major racing centers nationwide assembling to face 26 local stars in the five stakes races worth more than $1 million to be run on Saturday's 'Summit of Speed' program at Calder Race Course.
More than 40 top sprinters from around the country are set to square off Saturday in the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Race Course. The five-stakes program is highlighted by the Princess Rooney Handicap and Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes, both grade III events.
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