Calder to Reopen for Simulcasting Saturday

Calder Race Course announced Friday that the racetrack will reopen for simulcasting business on Saturday with free general parking and admission.

Saturday is Breeders' Cup Day at Belmont Park in New York. Calder will simulcast the event in its entirety. Full card simulcasting from other racetracks will be offered as well.

Calder has been closed since Oct. 24, when Hurricane Wilma swept across South Florida, causing significant damage and power outages throughout the region. There was no live racing Tuesday and Wednesday.

"It has been a trying week for the people of South Florida," said track president Ken Dunn. "At Calder, we're trying to get things back to normal as soon as possible so our employees, horsemen and vendors can return to work and our customers can get back to the things they enjoy. Being able to reopen the facility in time for the Breeders' Cup is an important step in that direction."

Calder plans to resume live racing with five-race turf cards on Sunday and Monday and anticipates a return to normal operations on Nov. 3, when additional repairs to the racetrack property are complete.

The racetrack sustained some damage to its main facility and stable area during the storm. Repair and clean-up efforts have continued throughout the week.

The admission gates at Calder will open at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday. The first Breeders' Cup race goes to post at 1:20 p.m.