South Florida horsemen and racetracks have a deal that will stop a second year of head-to-head racing between Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course.
A state appeals court in Tallahassee, Fla., has given Gretna Racing LLC what could be a final legal "no" in its bid to resume pari-mutuel barrel racing.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is asking Calder Casino & Race Course to call off a plan to charge grooms and hot walkers rent to live in rooms in the track's barn area.
As it prepares to open its race meet April 25, Calder Casino & Race Course as of April 22 did not have a contract for Advance Deposit Wagering with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
Calder Casino & Race Course is meeting its targets of an overnight purse increase that it announced on June 12, utilizing portions of the revenue from slot machines at the casino it opened on Jan. 22, 2010.
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering on Dec. 18 announced the issuance of new rules on use of anabolic steroids for race horses in the state.
Churchill Downs Inc. said May 15 it reached an agreement with Maryland horsemen that will permit Calder Race Course to take Pimlico Race Course's signal May 16-17, including the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Slot machines at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino realized $35.5 million of action during an abbreviated opening schedule in November, according to unofficial statistics released by Florida's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
Magna Entertainment Corp., the originator of the Sunshine Millions, announced Aug. 13 that it has signed an agreement extending the Florida-California Thoroughbred series through 2006.
- By Scott Davis
Magna Entertainment Corp. is expected to announce Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association to run the inaugural "Sunshine Millions" on Jan. 25, 2003.
Hialeah Park has transferred $585,000 of the remaining $1.3 million held in horsemen's accounts to Calder Race Course.
With a strong racetrack event schedule already in place, and an establishment marketing plan to boot, the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association isn't expected to rejoin the National Thoroughbred Racing Association during the current meet at Gulfstream Park. The Hallandale track is owned by Magna Entertainment, which rejoined the NTRA in mid-January.
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