Calder Braces for Storm, Alters Schedule

With Hurricane Frances bearing down on Florida, Calder Race Course near Miami has announced changes in its racing schedule.

There will be:

* No live racing or simulcasting on Friday, Sept. 3 or Saturday, Sept. 4.

* The Juvenile Showcase has been rescheduled for Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6.

* The Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (G3) is rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11.

* The main track and training track will be open for training on Friday, Sept. 3, but closed on Saturday, Sept. 4.

* No new horses will be accepted into the Calder stable area during this time.

Calder's maintenance team has been busy storing equipment, fueling vehicles, and filling water trucks. The Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA) has provided horsemen with a list of preparations for the hurricane. The list

* All horses should have identification halters on.
* Fifteen gallons of water should be available per horse per 24 hours.
* Shavings should be banked high against the walls in the horses' stalls to prevent them from getting cast.
* All loose equipment is to be placed in tack rooms.
* It is recommended to close the top and bottom stall doors if possible.