Calder and Gulfstream: Burger King and McDonald’s?

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Lonny Powell, president and CEO of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association, said that with just days to go before Gulfstream launches its summer meet in competition with Calder Race Course, he is still hopeful that the schedule can be done in a way that benefits racing in the state.

“We don’t want to see a bloodbath down there,” Powell told the Ocala Star Banner. “The best case we can hope for from the FTBOA’s perspective and the horsemen’s perspective, if they are both going to operate at the same time, is that they work a deal out with each other where they at least try to cooperate on a racing week where they are not running their dates on top of each other.”

Trainer David Fawkes believes that if both tracks ran in the same summer on different dates, it would give bettors more options in the sunshine state, and both could thrive.

“McDonald’s and Burger King have stayed across form each other for years and both done well,” Fawkes pointed out.

If a scheduling deal isn’t worked out however, competition could have brutal consequences. Powell believes Gulfstream will likely offer higher purses, drawing horsemen away from Calder. Given Calder’s policy not to allow horses to return from a trip between its backstretch and Gulfstream, competing dates could empty out the Calder race cards.

Read more at the Ocala Star Banner

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  • Tinky

    “McDonald’s and Burger King have stayed across form each other for years and both done well,” Fawkes pointed out.

    Yes, those corporations have done well. Those who have eaten regularly at such establishments? Not so much.

  • Hoops and Horses

    If they do both race in the summer, it would probably be best if both tracks raced three-day weeks, with Gulfstream racing Thursday-Friday-Saturday and Calder Sunday-Monday-Tuesday. Each track gets one weekend day while Calder gets the two days each week that have fewer tracks running as a rule. That to me would be a fair compromise.

  • Stripes

    “McDonald’s and Burger King have stayed across form each other for years and both done well,” Fawkes pointed out.

    One problem with the analogy, there is no shortage of Beef.

  • Jay Stone

    In the real world of free enterprise the entity offering the best product would survive. That would obviously be Gulfstream. The problem would be the damage done to the local industry in the short term. Without a deal between super powers the damage would take years to rectify. In the end only Gulfstream would survive but the industry would be hurt. The only reason the two burger superpowers survive is there products are the same but that similarity doesn’t exist between the two tracks.

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