Calder Takes Small Step Toward Slots Vote

Calder Race Course moved a small step closer to having slot machines when a Miami-Dade County committee passed a resolution June 12 to allow for a countywide vote next year.

The South Florida county’s Governmental Operations and Environment Committee voted 5-0 to pass the resolution, which now goes to the Miami-Dade County Commission for consideration July 10, the Miami Herald reported. If the commission approves it, slots would be on the ballot Jan. 29, 2008.

Calder and two other pari-mutuel facilities--Flager Greyhound Track and Miami Jai-Alai--would be in line for slots should the measure pass. In 2005, county voters rejected slots at the facilities, though voters in neighboring Broward County approved the measure.

Gulfstream Park; Mardi Gras Gaming, formerly known as Hollywood Greyhound Track; Pompano Park, a harness track; and Dania Jai-Alai were permitted to install slots. So far, slots play hasn’t met expectations in South Florida.