Jim Freer

  • Gulfstream Making Betting More Affordable

    Gulfstream Park on Dec. 16 announced its 2011 wagering menu that will include its first Pick 5, with a 50-cent minimum bet, and a major reduction of its Pick 6 minimum bet from $2 to 10 cents.

  • Hialeah

    Court Upholds Hialeah Provision in 2010 Law

    A state court in Tallahassee, Fla., Nov. 22 ruled in favor of Hialeah Park on one count of a lawsuit that challenges its legal right to build a casino with Las Vegas-style slot machines.

  • Awesome Feather wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

    Brown to Train Awesome Feather

    Adena Springs, owned by Frank Stronach, has chosen Chad Brown as the new trainer of Awesome Feather, the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner it bought for $2.3 million.

  • Calder Race Course

    Calder Lifts Restrictions

    Calder Casino & Race Course said Oct. 16 that it has lifted racing and training restrictions on horses stabled at Racetrack Training Center.

  • Mad Flatter cruises to victory in the Spend a Buck.

    Mad Flatter Coasts to Win in Spend a Buck

    Mad Flatter took a commanding lead after three-quarters of a mile and coasted to a 6 1/4-length victory over defending champion Mambo Meister on Oct. 16 in the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III) at Calder.

  • Piroplasmosis at Calder, Four Euthanized

    Four horses at Calder Casino & Race Course were euthanized after testing positive for equine piroplasmosis. A state medical association blames the spread of the non-contagious disease on bad barn management.

  • Gulfstream Night Racing Finding Some Support

    Gulfstream Park could have some important political support in its goal to change a state law that prohibits Thoroughbred racing after 7 p.m. if there are benefits for other pari-mutuel sports.

  • Pending Tests, Calder Horses Restricted

    Calder Casino & Race Course Sept. 12 placed racing and training restrictions on horses in one of its barns and in an adjacent training center while those horses are being tested for a non-contagious tick-borne disease.

  • Hialeah

    Hialeah's 2010-2011 Dates Approved

    The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has approved Hialeah Park's request to hold its 2010-2011 Quarter Horse meet from Dec. 3, 2010 through Jan. 23, 2011.

  • Hialeah Seeks Later Start for Meet

    Hialeah Park is seeking a later start for its 2010-2011 Quarter Horse meet, and says it has "reached a formal agreement" with the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association for six racing seasons through 2015-2016.

  • Higher Purses, Lights on Tap at Gulfstream

    Gulfstream Park will have more money coming from slot machines and poker for purses, more betting stations, and a larger betting menu for the 2011 meet that will also feature the installation of lights.

  • Calder Hitting Purse Increase Target

    Calder Casino & Race Course is meeting its targets of an overnight purse increase that it announced on June 12, utilizing portions of the revenue from slot machines at the casino it opened on Jan. 22, 2010.

  • QH Group Asks Court to Rescind Calder Permit

    In a suit filed July 21 in Tallahassee, Fla., Hialeah Park and four other Quarter Horse permit holders are asking a state court to take away Calder Casino & Race Course's two Thoroughbred permits.

  • Hialeah

    Hialeah to Move Forward With Casino Plans

    Hialeah Park owner and president John Brunetti said June 22 that Calder Race Course's lawsuit that seeks to prevent Hialeah from having a casino will not stop him from applying for a casino license from Florida regulators.

  • Caton Bredar

    More Staffing Changes at Gulfstream Park

    In the latest management change at Gulfstream Park, media relations executive Caton Bredar and marketing executive Mike Cronin are no longer at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track effective June 10.

  • Gulfstream Park Handle Grew 4.2%

    The South Florida racetrack bucked the national trend of declining handle. Bad weather in the northeast and heavy rains in the West helped make the Gulfstream signal more attractive.

  • Hialeah Park is one of the tracks that will benefit from the Florida Bill.

    A 'Done Deal' to Help Florida Tracks

    The Florida Legislature passed a bill with long-sought benefits for Thoroughbred racetracks, including tax breaks, more slot machines, and extended poker room hours. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law.

  • Crist, Seminoles Agree to Compact

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida said April 6 that they have agreed to a Gaming Compact for the Seminoles' seven casinos in the state.

  • Calder Barn Quarantine Lifted

    The Florida Department of Agriculture on March 23 lifted a quarantine on a Calder Race Course barn that had been the stable for a horse that died March 22.

  • Calder Casino and Race Course

    Calder Casino Gets Off to Modest Start

    During the first full month of operation, slot machines at Calder Casino & Race Course placed third in pre-tax revenue among the five pari-mutuel casinos in southeast Florida.

  • Quarter horses running at Hialeah.

    Hialeah's QH Meet Ends With Mixed Results

    Hialeah Park ended its first Quarter Horse meet Feb. 3, with track owner and chairman John Brunetti Sr. saying it will be up to Florida's politicians to determine whether the track will hold another meet.

  • TrackNet, MidAtlantic Reach Agreement

    TrackNet Media Group and the MidAtlantic Cooperative announced Jan. 22 that they have reached an agreement with MidAtlantic members of the simulcast signals of racetracks affiliated with TrackNet

  • Calder Casino to Open Doors Jan. 22

    The new Calder Casino at Calder Casino & Race Course will open its doors for guests for the first time Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. as a result of passing its review by the State of Florida Jan. 21.

  • Hialeah Park Seeks to Meet Purse Guarantee

    Hialeah Park is entering the final two weeks of its first Quarter Horse meet with pari-mutuel handle owner John Brunetti calls "a disappointment," and with a need to catch up on its guarantee of $4 million in purses.

  • TrackNet/Cooperative Dispute Taking a Toll

    A dispute over signal rates between TrackNet Media Group and 17 racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic region is a primary reason Gulfstream's interstate wagering handle was down about 15% through the first seven days of its meet.

  • Florida Has New Racing Regulator

    The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently appointed Milton Champion director of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

  • Gulfstream Park has requested dates of Jan. 3, 20ll to April 24, 2011.

    Florida Tracks Submit Dates Requests

    Florida's three Thoroughbred tracks have made their preliminary filings for 2010-2011 race dates, and all have announced plans to run schedules almost identical to their current or recent meets.

  • Gulfstream to Open With Changes Jan. 3

    Gulfstream Park's 2010 schedule is again laden with graded stakes, and one safe bet is that most of the 80 racing days will be warm and sunny. Otherwise, there are changes and questions in abundance.