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  • Passage of Florida Slot Bills in Doubt

    As the Florida legislature prepares to end its annual session May 2, chances appear very slim that it will pass either of two slot machine bills being sought by the Thoroughbred industry.

  • CDI Files Suit Against THG, FHBPA

    Churchill Downs Inc. filed a lawsuit April 24 asking a federal court to dissolve the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, CDI, CDI-owned Calder Race Course, and Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Co. also are seeking an injunction to prevent the THG and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association from "agreeing on uniform terms for the sale of signals, boycotting racetracks and ADW operators that do not comply with their demands."

  • New York OTB Gets Calder Signal

    After the start of Calder Race Course's opening-day card of nine races April 21, the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association agreed to permit the racetrack to send its signal to New York's off-track betting companies. Six OTB outlets in that state received the signal for the last three races.

  • Soldier's Dancer won last year's Calder Derby in October. This year, the race will anchor the inaugural Turf Million on April 26.

    Turf Million First Big Event at Calder

    Calder Race Course will open its 38th season April 21 with a schedule that again focuses on what it calls "big event day" Saturdays with multiple stakes. Calder's first highlight will be its inaugural Turf Million April 26, with four turf stakes with total purses of $1.15 million.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    Progress Noted in Calder Contract Talks

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said April 16 though advance deposit wagering remains a major issue, it believes there has been progress in other areas of contract talks for the Calder Race Course meet that begins April 21.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    No Deal Yet Between Calder, Horsemen

    Florida horsemen and officials at Calder Race Course and parent company Churchill Downs Inc. met April 14 but did not agree on contracts for the Calder meet that begins April 21.

  • Florida HBPA Using THG in Negotiations

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has given the new national Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group authority to negotiate terms with advance deposit wagering companies for betting on races at South Florida Thoroughbred racetracks. Also, Florida horsemen want an agreement on slots revenue with Calder before any contracts are signed.

  • Calder Race Course

    Slots Splits Slow Calder Contract Talks

    As Calder Race Course prepares to open its 2008 meet April 21, the question of how to divide any future slot-machine revenue is holding up contract talks between the Miami Gardens, Fla., track and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Association.

  • Ken Dunn

    Dunn Steps Down From Calder, CDI

    C. Kenneth Dunn, who since April 1999 has served as senior vice president of Florida operations for Churchill Downs Inc. and has spent 18 years at Calder Race Course, is stepping down, the company announced April 9. Dunn will continue to serve as an adviser for Calder through Aug. 1.

  • Florida Senate OKs Slots Legislation

    The Florida Senate approved March 13 two slot-machine bills that would help the state's Thoroughbred racetracks and other pari-mutuel facilities. However, there is considerable opposition to the bills in the Florida House of Representatives, and the influential Seminole Tribe of Florida is expressing concerns about the legislation.

  • Gulfstream Reports Declines in Handle

    Gulfstream Park reported its all-sources pari-mutuel handle is down about 5% and on-track handle off 30% year-to-date through early March.

  • A bill to reduce the state tax rate from 50% to 35% on slot machines at horse tracks could be introduced in the Florida legislature this March.

    Florida Bills Address Racetrack Gaming

    Two bills that would help Thoroughbred racetracks, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co., and the state's other pari-mutuel facilities will be on the calendar when the Florida legislature begins its annual two-month session March 4.

  • Racino Officials, Horsemen to Meet

    Isle Racing & Casino at Pompano Park is delaying a decision on possible cancellation of some March and April racing dates.

  • All's Not Well in FL 'Racino' Land

    Isle Racing & Casino at Pompano Park will cut race purses about 35% starting Feb. 22, and will not hold harness racing on Monday and Wednesday nights during most of March and April.

  • Icy Atlantic is one of several stakes winners in Gulfstream Park's $75,000 Shotintheheart Handicap Feb. 14.

    Florida-breds Get Gulfstream Boost

    Gulfstream Park's $75,000 Shotintheheart Handicap Feb. 14 will be the first of as many as four Florida-bred stakes it will add this season.

  • Gaming Bills Floated in Florida

    Two Florida Senate leaders are sponsoring separate gaming bills, with goals that include increased revenue for the state's three Thoroughbred tracks and for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. As with previous years' gaming proposals in Florida, the bills face opposition from gambling opponents in the legislature.

  • Calder Race Course has won the right to install slot machines.

    Calder Gets Slots OK in Referendum

    Voters in Miami-Dade County, Fla., approved slot machines for Calder Race Course and the county's two other pari-mutuel facilities in a Jan. 29 referendum. They passed the ballot issue by a 63%-37% margin--a decisive victory in a race many observers expected would be close.

  • Calder Race Course

    'Tough Race' Seen for Calder Slots

    Calder Race Course president Ken Dunn expects "a tough race" during the last days before Miami-Dade County's Jan. 29 vote on slot machines for Calder and two other pari-mutuel facilities.

  • Calder Race Course has won the right to install slot machines.

    Calder On-Track Handle Down 24%

    On-track handle at Calder Race Course fell 24% during the 2007 portion of its Tropical meet, according to data obtained from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Calder's simulcast handle fell 26% compared with the same period in 2006.

  • Calder restored purses toward the end of its meet, but questions remain for 2008.

    Calder, Others Face Issues in 2008

    After cutting its daily purses about 7% in early November, Calder Race Course quietly restored the money during the final weeks of its meet that ends Jan. 2. But questions concerning Calder and other South Florida tracks linger into the new year.

  • Florida Tribal Pact Brings Petition

    The Florida House of Representatives asked the state Supreme Court Nov. 19 to prevent Gov. Charlie Crist from implementing a Class III slot-machine deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida without the legislature's approval.

  • Calder Race Course management is seeking to legalize casino gaming at the south Florida track.

    Calder Launches Pro-Slots Effort

    Calder Race Course in South Florida has launched its campaign for the Jan. 29, 2008, Miami-Dade County vote on whether to allow Las Vegas-style slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities.