Jim Freer

  • Gulfstream Park's P.J. Campo

    Juveniles Showcased at Gulfstream Saturday

    The multitudes who follow Gulfstream Park's stakes races for newly turned 3-year-olds come January will get some previews Dec. 10, when the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track holds a juvenile showcase with all 11 races for 2-year-olds.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Quarantine Lifted on Gulfstream Park Barn

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Florida DOACS) has lifted its quarantine of a Gulfstream Park barn that had been the stable for a horse that died Nov. 6 from the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus (EVH-1).

  • Gulfstream Park West

    CDI Plans to Demolish Calder Grandstand

    Calder Casino & Race Course is said to be planning to demolish its seven-story grandstand/clubhouse building beginning in December after a two-month meet operated by Gulfstream Park.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Reports Solid Meet Numbers

    Average field size at Gulfstream Park for its Dec. 6, 2014-April 5 race meet grew 13.1% from 8.4 to 9.5 horses per race, while average daily all-sources pari-mutuel handle slipped 1.7% but was still a solid $8.1 million.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Begins New Meet With Momentum

    Gulfstream Park will open its 2015 spring/summer racing season April 8 with an eight-race card topped by a $46,000 allowance optional claimer that includes the Todd Pletcher-trained stakes runner Vinceremos.

  • White Elected President of Florida HBPA

    Bill White, one of South Florida's all-time leading trainers, has been elected president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for the 12 months that began April 1.

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    FL Derby Day Sets Handle Record

    Gulfstream Park had $27,255,863 in all-sources handle March 28, breaking its Florida Derby Day record of $26,820,951 that was set March 29, 2014.

  • Gulfstream Park has selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year.

    Status Quo for 2015-16 Florida Racing Dates

    In filings made to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Gulfstream and Tampa Bay selected racing dates for the July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016 fiscal year that are almost identical to its 2014-15 schedule.

  • Tampa Bay Downs

    Tampa Reports 10% Hike in All-Sources Handle

    All-sources pari-mutuel handle is up 10.3% year-to-date at Tampa Bay Downs, which puts the Florida racetrack on course to average more than $4 million per day and finish with its highest wagering total since the 2010-11 meet.

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    Handle-Wise, Gulfstream Has One of Best Days

    Gulfstream had all-sources pari-mutuel handle of $20,583,598 for its 12-race Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) card Feb. 21, its second-best wagering total on a non-Florida Derby (gr. I) day since it opened its new facility.

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    In Search of Gulfstream Leading Owner Title

    More than halfway into the 2014-15 championship meet at Gulfstream Park, fast-rising White Wabbit Wacing holds a narrow lead over two-time defending champions Ken and Sarah Ramsey in the competition for leading owner.

  • The fence at Calder

    No Movement on Plans for Calder Barn Area

    Calder and Churchill Downs Inc. still have not applied for any of the permits required to tear down barns and put up new structures, the head of the development department for the city of Miami Gardens said.

  • Gulfstream to Build More Temporary Stalls

    Gulfstream Park plans to build an additional 200 temporary stalls for horses that are facing eviction from the stables at neighboring Calder Casino & Race Course, officials of the Florida HBPA said.

  • Sign posted on the fence with Jan. 1 deadline.

    Horses Not Evicted From Calder Just Yet

    Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly is considering an extension of its Jan. 1 eviction deadline for the approximately 300 horses that remain stabled in a recently fenced-in area of its barn area.

  • The fence at Calder

    New Calder Backside Fence Stirs Controversy

    Parent company Churchill Downs Inc., preparing to redevelop parts of Calder Race Course, has started on the backside by putting up a wire fence. Trainers are saying the fence is a safety hazard and hinders access to barns.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Normalcy Returns with Gulfstream Set to Open

    There will be a sense of normalcy, with no neighborhood competition from Calder Casino & Race Course, and a scent of some still-fresh paint Dec. 6 when Gulfstream Park opens its 2014-15 "Championship Meet."

  • Tampa Bay Downs

    Tampa Bay 2014-15 Meet Kicks Off Nov. 29

    Tampa Bay Downs opens its 89th season Nov. 29 with the first of 89 racing days through May 3. The Oldsmar, Fla., track will have 10 races on its opening day card, including three over the turf.

  • Gulfstream Park West

    In Florida, It's Now Gulfstream All the Time

    Any doubts that Gulfstream is the name of the game in South Florida racing will be removed Oct. 8, when Gulfstream Park holds a 40-day meet at Calder Casino & Race Course under the name Gulfstream Park West.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream to Hike Purses 10%, Add Incentives

    Gulfstream Park announced July 17 that it will increase purses an average of 10% starting with its July 24 condition book, and also offer a $250 starter incentive to help horsemen offset the cost of workers' compensation.

  • Racing at Hialeah Park

    Hialeah Sees New Thoroughbred Opportunity

    Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti remains determined to bring Thoroughbreds back to his famous racetrack in Hialeah, Fla., and is hoping to stage a comeback with his one-time nemesis Gulfstream Park.

  • Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo

    Ritvo Details Gulfstream Plans

    A new era of South Florida Thoroughbred racing begins July 4 with Gulfstream Park and its parent The Stronach Group in control and feeling a new sense of independence.

  • Injured Jockey Ore Shows Improvement

    Jockey Zarella Ore, injured in a spill June 27 at Calder Casino & Race Course, has regained consciousness and remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, trainer Walter Rosas-Canessa said June 30.

  • Calder Casino and Race Course

    Approval of Florida Dates Deal Seems Imminent

    A report that Calder Casino & Race Course is preparing to close its poker room could be an indication that Calder and South Florida neighbor Gulfstream Park will soon receive state approval for their deal on racing dates.

  • The first day of the Gulfstream summer meet is July 1.

    Gulfstream-Calder Overlap to Continue for Now

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course are heading into the June 27-29 weekend they hoped would be their last with head-to-head racing, and it appears both will continue racing through at least early July.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Sets Dates for Summit Substitutes

    Gulfstream Park has released its stakes schedule for July through early October, including seven races that are substitutes for stakes that had been scheduled for Calder Casino & Race Course's Summit of Speed on July 5.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream to Add Summit of Speed Stakes

    Gulfstream Park in early July plans to run most if not all of the seven Summit of Speed sprint stakes that been scheduled for July 5 at neighboring Calder Casino & Race Course.

  • Slots Revenue Issue in Gulfstream-Calder Plan

    A plan that would end the head-to-head weekend racing between Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course remained under review by the tracks and by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association as of May 12.

  • Gulfstream Park

    HBPA Weighs In on Gulfstream-Calder Plan

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said May 9 it has given Gulfstream Park recommendations regarding a Gulfstream plan for ending head-to-head weekend racing with neighboring Calder.

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    Wildcat Red Gets Short Break After Derby Run

    Trainer Jose Garoffalo spent May 6 at Gulfstream Park waiting for Wildcat Red to arrive home for a well-earned break from racing after his troubled and bloody 18th-place finish in the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream-Calder Deal Could Be in Works

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly are close to an agreement under which Gulfstream would lease Calder's racing operations and the two tracks would stop their head to head weekend racing.

  • Florida Groups Target New Quarter Horse Track

    Establish racing and breeding organizations in Florida are united in opposition to a new Ocala-area Quarter Horse track it contends has several safety issues and only is concerned about offer poker and full-card simulcasts.