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Gulfstream Reissues Offer to Zenyatta, Rachel

Gulfstream Reissues Offer to Zenyatta, Rachel

Whether Zenyatta or Rachel Alexandra is the better horse is a question Gulfstream Park president and general manager Ken Dunn believes best answered in the Feb. 6 Donn Handicap (gr. I). The race will be run the day before the Super Bowl in nearby Miami Gardens.

Calder Impasse: Let's Meet Tomorrow

Following a June 9 meeting, officials of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Churchill Downs Inc. plan to meet again June 10 in an effort to resolve a costly contracts dispute at CDI-owned Calder Race Course.

Turf Million First Big Event at Calder

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.

Progress Noted in Calder Contract Talks

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 Launches Turf Million

Calder Race Course has announced a new event to be held April 26, the first Saturday of the 2008 season at Calder: the "Turf Million." Four turf stakes totaling $1.15 million will be contested over the grass, including the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT), whose purse has been doubled to $400,000. The Calder Derby will also be the first half of a new national wager, the "Calder Derby / Kentucky Derby Double."

Calder Gets Slots OK in Referendum

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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, Others Face Issues in 2008

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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.

Calder Launches Pro-Slots Effort

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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.

Calder: Purse Cuts Are Necessary

Calder: Purse Cuts Are Necessary

In response to statements made by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association in regard to purse cuts, Calder Race Course president Ken Dunn responded Nov. 11 by saying the decision was based on simple economics and was absolutely necessary based on decreased business during the month of October.

Bork Elected TRA President

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Robert L. Bork, president and general manager of Sam Houston Race Park, was elected the 33rd president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) at its annual board of directors' meeting March 12. Bork succeeded Corey S. Johnsen, former president of Lone Star Park at the conclusion of his two-year term as TRA president.

Calder Announces 2006 Stakes Schedule; Mix of Old and New

Calder Race Course has announced its 2006 stakes schedules for the Calder and Tropical at Calder meets. Traditional events, such as the Summit of Speed and the Festival of the Sun, will again be held during the summer meet, but some exciting new concepts will also be introduced.

Calder Forced to Suspend Simulcast Operations

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Calder Race Course announced it has been forced to suspend simulcast operations while the State of Florida appeals a court ruling on the constitutionality of an intrastate simulcast-wagering law. As a result, Calder will be closed for simulcasting until further notice.

Calder Racing Secretary Umphrey Dies at Age 53

Calder racing secretary Bob Umphrey passed away Monday from complications of a massive heart attack and stroke he suffered Sunday. He died at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. at 7 p.m. Umphrey, 53, is survived by his wife Janet.

Live Racing Up in the Air; Gulfstream Takes Horses

Restoration of power is the key to whether Calder Race Course can resume simulcast operations in time for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park, and the South Florida racetrack's live racing schedule remains up in the air in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, which damaged a number of barns in the stable area.

Calder Sustains Damage from Hurricane Wilma

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Calder Race Course sustained damage Monday to its clubhouse facility and parts of its stable area as a result of Hurricane Wilma, which stormed across South Florida Oct. 24. 

Calder Closes Monday as Wilma Nears

Calder Race Course will not be open Oct. 24 due to a warning in effect for South Florida, which is expecting Hurricane Wilma to approach the southwest corner of the peninsula early Monday morning.

Hurricane Wilma Leads to Calder Cancellation

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With South Florida under a hurricane warning, Calder Racecourse cancelled live racing and simulcasting Monday as the state's southwest coast awaited the arrival of Hurricane Wilma.

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.

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