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Calder Dates Filing Reflects Status Quo

The Florida track plans to race 150 days despite potential overlap with Gulfstream.

In its preliminary filing for racing dates, Calder Casino & Race Course told the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering it plans no change in its racing schedule for the 12 months beginning July 1, 2013.

Calder's filing, dated Dec. 26 and received Dec. 28, shows 150 dates that would continue its early April through late November schedule of the past two years. It is the first filing in a likely battle between Calder and Gulfstream Park over racing dates in southeast Florida.

Gulfstream president  Tim Ritvo earlier in December said his track plans to expand its December through early April schedule and  have what it calls "year-round racing" starting in 2014. Gulfstream's goal is to have racing at least several days during most weeks each year, including its current prime winter dates with five days of racing per week.

Gulfstream, in Hallandale Beach, will end its 2012-13 race meet April 5. Calder, located in Miami Gardens, will open the following day and has the dates through June 30, 2013.

Since 2002 Florida tracks have picked their own racing dates with approval that is usually automatic from the Florida DPMW. The preliminary filing period is from Dec, 15 to Jan. 4, but tracks can amend their filings an unlimited number of times through Feb. 28.

If two neighboring tracks pick overlapping dates it would not prevent the Florida DPMW from giving approvals, spokeswoman Sandi Poreda said.

Calder's plan for 2013-14 is as follows: July 1 to Aug. 31 (continuation of Calder meet); Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 (65-day Tropical meet); and April 5 to June 29 (start of the 2014 Calder meet).

Tampa Bay Downs filed its preliminary 2013-14 plan Dec. 18. The Oldsmar track plans to keep its traditional schedule with 90 racing days from Dec.7, 2013, through May 4, 2014.