Palm Meadows

Palm Meadows

Joseph DiOrio

Gulfstream Park to Open Palm Meadows

Decision to reopen training center latest salvo in turf war with Calder.

In the latest salvo in the Florida racing turf war, Gulfstream Park announced June 29 that it will reopen its Palm Meadows training facility to accommodate horsemen who may be impacted by the "restricted access policy" going into effect at Calder Casino & Race Course.

Calder said June 28 that, effective July 1, the track will prohibit horses stabled at Calder from re-entering its grounds if trainers send them to race at other Florida tracks.

The decisions by Gulfstream and Calder comes as the two tracks, eight miles apart, are scheduled to have racing every Saturday and Sunday from July 6-7 through the end of June 2014.

Gulfstream's announcement said there will be no charge for stall rent at Palm Meadows, which has a 1 1/8-mile main track, one-mile jogging track, a turf course, and 1,320 stalls.

It also announced that horsemen who run a horse from July 1 to July 7 at Gulfstream will receive a $1,000 starter fee.

"The policy of The Stronach Group and our chairman Frank Stronach has always been to allow horsemen open access," said Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo in a statement. "If horsemen want to run with us, they will have a home."