Gulfstream Stables Calder Horses During Recovery

(from Gulfstream Park report)
In its effort to aid in the rebuilding process at Calder Race Course, Gulfstream Park bedded down 50 Thoroughbreds Friday that made the six-mile trip east to Hallandale Beach.

Calder suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Wilma, which blew in and out of town Monday morning. Much of that damage was sustained in the stabling area, with many barns losing their roofs. Horses will continue to be shuttled over to Gulfstream while the repairs are being made at Calder.

"We are privileged, and indeed fortunate, to be able to offer assistance to our fellow horsemen," said Scott Savin, president and general manager of Gulfstream Park. "If the roles were reversed, we know they would do the same for us."

First off the vans was the popular Thrillin Discovery, who is listed in the books as a gray or roan but who has turned white over his 10 years.

Ross Wolfendale, who trains Thrillin Discovery, stayed with him and the rest of his string during the storm.

"My barn is gone, 40 percent of my roof is gone," said Wolfendale. "I got to the track at 3:30 Monday morning and let my help go at 6. I sat in the tack room through the storm. It was hell, there's no other word for it."

Gulfstream sustained no structural damage beyond the loss of a few shingles on some of the older barns.