Scott Davis

  • Calder Confirms EHV Virus

    Following the confirmed case of Equine Herpes Virus Type I in a horse that had been stabled at Calder earlier this month, the Miami track has taken action to avoid the spread of the potentially lethal airborne virus.

  • Official Says Gulfstream to be 'Handle-Driven' Track

    Officials at the new Gulfstream Park said business during this year's 86-day meet was a reflection of the track's future direction. According to figures released by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., facility, total on-track handle, a figure that includes wagering on live racing and imports, increased by about 14% from 2005. Gulfstream estimated it handled an average of more than $1.4 million per day, or about $122.8 million for the meet.

  • Horses parade around the walking ring at Gulfstream Park Wednesday.

    Gulfstream Opener: Patrons Miss the Grandstand

    Gulfstream Park opened for its 2006 live race meet Wednesday, its palatial new clubhouse only partially completed and its patron facilities falling short of management's expectations when the project was begun nearly two years ago.

  • Florida Derby Field Remains in Flux

    A March 28 teleconference sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association was designed to profile entrants in the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, but it looks as though the prospective field will undergo some changes. Instead, the media event focused largely on equine health.

  • Precautions Taken to Prevent Strangles Spread

    Though cases of strangles at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida appear to have been confined, the five positive tests for the equine bacterial infection set in motion a chain of events up and down the East Coast.

  • In South Florida, a Tale of Two Tracks

    Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park are just eight miles away, both straddling the Miami-Dade/Broward County line in South Florida. But following the results of the March 8 municipal elections, the tracks may soon be entirely different.

  • Emotions, Cash Fly as Florida Slots Vote Nears

    Emotions and cash are flying in the final weeks before a March 8 vote to permit slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities, including Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in south Florida.

  • First VLT Election in Florida Set for March

    The Broward County (Florida) Commission voted Tuesday to approve a plan allowing voters to decide whether to allow video lottery terminals at the county's four pari-mutuel facilities, although a number of details are still undetermined.

  • Gulfstream Park to Test for 'Milkshakes'

    Following in the footsteps of sister track Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park announced that it expects to implement testing horses for "milkshaking," the force feeding of an alkalizing solution that typically contains bicarbonate, some time during its 2005 meet.

  • Tote Protocol, Signal Pricing Debated at Conference

    One day after the first public presentation of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering System Task Force report, two issues central to the report--wagering systems and signal pricing--were discussed in depth Sept. 21 on day two of the International Simulcast Conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

  • Wagering Task Force Report Gets Public Airing

    A mixed reaction greeted the first public presentation of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering System Task Force report Sept. 20, first day of the International Simulcast Conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

  • Hurricane Heading for Florida; Calder Cancels

    With Hurricane Frances bearing down on the East Coast of Florida, Calder Race Course announced on Thursday morning that it will be closed for both live racing and simulcasting on Friday and Saturday. The track hopes to re-open on Sunday.

  • Gulfstream Ponders Florida Derby Date Switch

    In a move that could have significant implications for the slate of Triple Crown prep races, Gulfstream Park may revamp its schedule of 3-year-old stakes and delay by three weeks the 2005 Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Day, With Anticipation Third in Gulf Return

    Veterans Pat Day and the 9-year-old gelding With Anticipation were back in tandem for their 2004 debut at Gulfstream Park on Thursday afternoon, and although they didn't reach the winner's circle, it was a successful return.

  • Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, with Jose Santos aboard, runs to an easy victory in his 2004 debut, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Funny Cide Easy Allowance Winner in 2004 Debut

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide made an auspicious return to the races at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 11, drawing off for an impressive five-length win over American Style in a seven-furlong money allowance race.

  • Mixed Signals During Early Part of Gulfstream Meet

    Though it is early, with just four racing days in the books, Gulfstream Park's 2004 meet has thus far sent mixed signals. Although on-track performance has shown increases in attendance and wagering, the all-sources handle has shown a drop of nearly 19%.

  • Vet Who Amputed Horse's Leg Denied Access to Gulfstream Property

    Philip Aleong, the veterinarian responsible for the post-mortem amputation of the leg of Casual Conflict on Feb. 3, was notified by Gulfstream Park on Sunday that he would no longer be allowed on the grounds of either the racetrack or Gulfstream's training center Palm Meadows.

  • Officials Wait on Test Results; No Searches Planned

    Representatives from Gulfstream Park and the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau performed a search Feb. 10 of the vehicles of veterinarians Phil Aleong and Leonard Patrick, but no further searches are planned, officials said.

  • Gulfstream Opens With 24% Hike in Total Handle

    Despite perpetual overcast and unseasonably cool temperatures that may have kept people away, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., opened its 89-day 2003 race meet Jan. 3 with significant gains in overall handle and field size. And while the chill rendered it empty, the track also unveiled its new picnic area, created by the razing of the north portion of the grandstand at a loss of some 3,000 permanent seats.

  • Simulcast Coordination Woes Just Won't Go Away

    Simulcast television production and the problems inherent with post-time coordination were at the forefront Sept. 24 during second day of the three-day International Simulcasting Conference in Bal Harbor, Fla.

  • To Rebate Or Not To Rebate? That's The Question

    The topic of rebates, and whether they are good for the pari-mutuel industry, headed the opening day of the International Simulcasting Conference in Bal Harbour, Fla. Nearly 400 individuals representing more than 200 different organizations registered for the annual meeting.