Jim Freer

  • Little Mike
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    Little Mike Targeting United Nations July 6

    Little Mike is likely to start in the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 6, the first of a four-race series picked by breeder and co-owner Carlo Vacarezza that would end with a defense of his 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf title.

  • Calder Race Course

    Calder Believes Dates Overlap Will Be Avoided

    Calder Casino & Race Course is optimistic it will strike a deal with Gulfstream Park to call off the head-to-head weekend racing they are scheduled to begin in July, Calder general manager John Marshall said.

  • Rose to Gold

    Rose to Gold Recovering From Surgery

    Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti's three-time graded stakes-winning filly Rose to Gold is recovering from surgery for bone chips and will not resume racing until this September at the earliest.

  • Florida Simulcast of Oaks, Derby Seems Safe

    Though Calder Casino & Race Course can't export its signal outside of Florida, the Florida HBPA indicated it doesn't expect other horsemen's groups to immediately pull their consent for signals to be sent to Calder.

  • Rumor That Stronach is Buying Calder Denied

    Gulfstream Park officials said April 25 that there is no truth to rumors that its parent The Stronach Group has reached an agreement to buy Calder Casino & Race Course from its parent Churchill Downs Inc.

  • Calder Casino and Race Course

    Calder to Offer 40 Stakes Races in 2013

    Calder Casino & Race Course recently announced its 2013 stakes schedule, which will have 40 stakes races all with purses of $75,000 or higher from April 6, its opening day, through Dec. 28.

  • My Pal Chrisy wins the 2012 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

    Calder, Gulfstream Fail to Resolve Date Fight

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course apparently have failed to strike a deal on racing dates, meaning they could race head-to-head on all Saturdays and Sundays during the year beginning July 1.

  • Calder Casino and Race Course

    Calder Meeting Gulfstream Head-On Over Dates

    The battle over racing dates in southeast Florida became more intense Feb. 22 when Calder informed the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering that it plans to have racing every weekend from July 1 through June 30, 2014.

  • Hialeah Park

    Hialeah Keeps Thoroughbred Options Open

    Hialeah Park will hold its next Quarter Horse meet beginning Dec. 13, 2013. But owner John Brunetti said Jan. 3 his track might amend its racing dates filing and hold some Thoroughbred races as well.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Files to Race Year-Round

    Gulfstream Park's preliminary filing for racing dates shows it plans to have racing every week, in some cases just on Saturdays and Sundays, with a total of 153 race days during the 12 months beginning July 1.

  • Gulfstream to Continue Stall Rent Payments

    The Florida HBPA said Jan. 1 Gulfstream Park has agreed to continue to pay for stall rent through the end of February for Calder Casino & Race Course-stabled horses that race at Gulfstream.

  • Calder Dates Filing Reflects Status Quo

    In its preliminary filing for racing dates, Calder Casino & Race Course told the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering it plans no change in its racing schedule for the 12 months beginning July 1, 2013.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Proposes Year-Round Racing

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have started the annual process of picking racing dates, with Gulfstream stirring up yet another dispute by saying it plans to expand its four-month schedule.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Expects Fast Start to 90-Day Meet

    Gulfstream Park will begin its 2012-2013 race meet Dec. 1 and the track's president and general manager Tim Ritvo expects the opening day Claiming Crown to help provide a fast start on the track and in wagering.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Redevelopment Set for Apr-Nov

    Gulfstream Park has set aside April-November 2013 as its timetable for a redevelopment that will add two sections of grandstand seating, two track-side hotels, and a stand-alone casino building.

  • Wide Impact Seen from Calder Stall Rent Plan

    A plan to start charging rent for stalls during the non-racing season at Calder is leading to concerns among horsemen that some owners might permanently ship horses out of Florida and that some smaller stables could close.

  • Calder to Charge Off-Season Stall Rent

    In an announcement Sept. 28, Calder Casino & Race Course said that effective Dec. 1, 2012, it will charge a stabling fee of $10 per stall per day during its off-season months when it does not have live racing.

  • Pari-Mutuel Barrel Racing Ruling to Come

    Florida's administrative court set a timetable of late November 2012 for a ruling that could determine whether Gretna Racing LLC in Florida can continue to use a Quarter Horse racing permit for pari-mutuel barrel racing.

  • Another Battle Looms Over South Florida Dates

    Gulfstream and Calder appear headed toward another dispute over southeast Florida racing dates, with Gulfstream preparing for a major expansion in the second half of 2013 and Calder planning to push for December racing again.

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    Trinniberg to Run in Carry Back, Not Smile

    Trinniberg will run in the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Calder Casino & Race Course July 7 rather than in the Florida oval's $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) the same day, his owner said July 6.

  • Barrel Racing

    Ruling Delayed on Barrel Racing in Florida

    The Florida Division of Administrative Hearings ended a four-day hearing June 29 without issuing a ruling on whether Gretna Racing LLC can continue to use a Quarter Horse racing license to hold pari-mutuel barrel racing.

  • Calder

    Calder Asked to Reconsider Rent Plan

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is asking Calder Casino & Race Course to call off a plan to charge grooms and hot walkers rent to live in rooms in the track's barn area.

  • Mambo Meister

    Popular Mambo Meister Euthanized

    Quantum Racing Team #1's Mambo Meister, a popular horse in South Florida who won three grade III stakes, was euthanized April 9 after suffering an injury while training at Calder Casino & Race Course.

  • Calder

    Calder Ready for Early Opening April 9

    Calder Casino & Race Course will begin its 2012 season April 9, and one of its first tasks will be making fans around the country aware that it is opening two weeks earlier than in previous years.

  • Gulfstream Park to Hold Quarter Horse Race

    Gulfstream Park has scheduled a Quarter Horse race for April 8, and is doing that in what the track's president and general manager Timothy Ritvo said is an effort to make sure that it can retain its permit for such racing.

  • Calder

    Calder Hoping for Strong, Peaceful 2012

    As Calder Casino & Race Course officials prepare for the racetrack's 2012 season, they hope its early schedule will attract local horsemen, as well as some from northern states.

  • Hialeah Park

    Hialeah May Shake Up South Florida Dates

    Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have picked their racing dates for the 12 months between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, with no overlap, but Hialeah Park may be looking to shake things up in south Florida.

  • Barrel Racing

    Voters OK Slots at Florida Barrel Racing Site

    Voters in Gadsden County, Fla., Jan. 31 approved a ballot issue that authorizes a casino with slot machines at Gretna Racing, the Gretna facility that completed the first pari-mutuel barrel racing meet in Florida.

  • Gulfstream Park and several large casino companies are among entities that have expressed interest in owning and operating a destination resort.

    Racing, Gaming on Florida Legislative Agenda

    The Florida legislature began a two-month session Jan. 10 with a big part of its focus on a gaming bill that could lead to the first all-games casinos in the state along with other changes that would impact racing.

  • Gulfstream Sets Quarter Horse Race Dec. 31

    Going against a request from Thoroughbred horsemen, Gulfstream Park has scheduled a Quarter Horse event to open its Dec. 31 program, the first such race in the history of the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Park Handle Beating Projections

    Gulfstream Park reported average daily all-sources pari-mutuel handle of about $6.6 million during its first 10 race days in December, surpassing management's expectations for its first December racing in several decades.

  • Barrel Racing

    State Court Rejects Appeal Over Barrel Racing

    A state court in Tallahassee, Fla., on Dec. 13 denied a request by two Florida Quarter Horse associations to shut down the pari-mutuel barrel racing meet Gretna Racing has been holding at its facility since Dec. 1.

  • Calder Sees Rise In Handle

    After its seven-month racing season, Calder Casino & Race Course enjoyed increased market share despite bad weather that limited turf races.