Calder: ‘Economics’ Prompt Cancellation of La Prevoyante

  • click above & share!
    X
  • click above & share!
    X


  • click above & share!
    X
  • click above & share!
    X

Calder Casino & Race Course announced that it will be cancelling the Grade III La Prevoyante Handicap from its race card on Saturday, Dec. 28.

“As we approach the conclusion of the Tropical Meet, projected purse revenues have to line up with purses to be paid,” said Vice President and General Manager of Racing John Marshall. “In the case of the La Prevoyante, the race did not fill to the level necessary to offer a positive value proposition to Calder purses. If more horses would have been entered into the La Prevoyante as we had hoped, the projections for wagering activity would have painted a far better picture. This was a business decision based entirely on economics.”

The Grade III W.L. McKnight Handicap at a mile and a half on the turf for 3-year-olds drew a field of 11 entries for Saturday.

Sunday, Dec. 29 marks the last day of the 2013 Tropical Meet, and all carryover wagers at Calder, including the Pick 5 and Pick 6, must be paid out in full.

The 2014 Calder Meet begins Friday, Jan. 3 and continues every Friday through Sunday with a first race post time of 12:30 p.m.

New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry
  • Al

    “the race did not fill to the level necessary to offer a positive value proposition to Calder purses.”

    So how many did enter? If it was over six I would be pretty upset if I were an owner/trainer who planned to run in the stake.

  • hadrianmarcus

    Come on CDI, just increase the Kentucky Derby field to 25….you know you want to do it…it’s a positive value proposition. And raise the backstretch rent on the grooms and hotwalkers at Calder…you know you want to do it….positive value proposition. And while you’re at it…let’s charge those non-CDI tracks a little fee to be part of the ‘Road to the Derby’…again, positive value proposition. Karma…can be a wonderful to behold.

  • Robb

    Betfair Hollywood was the first to go… Calder won’t be far behind. A southern Florida racing circuit divided against itself cannot and will not stand.

  • Tinky

    Anyone who is currently working for CDI on the (rapidly diminishing) racing side of the business should:

    a) be very ashamed

    b) prepare for a “transition” to another type of job

  • Jeff Bender

    Calder management (specifically Jon Marshall) is doing EXACTLY what CDI hired them to do…be bankers. Trim all the fat they can, then next year trim some more, and so on. Fans, horsemen, employees, and the good of the game mean nothing. Money is the only concern.

    The only thing I like about them is that they seem steadfast on not allowing Stronach to bend em over. Otherwise, yuck!

  • jack

    Because the horsemen have no respect for their customers I love seeing this stuff.

  • Anonymous

    We in the simulcasting world were sent calendars for the upcoming Calder meet today that begins in January. It ONLY had January dates listed even though the meet is supposed to go through sometime in April. Something seems fishy……….

  • Ben van den Brink

    Races with less than 8 runners, just cost money. Only if they are heavily sponsored they costing less.

  • Sal Carcia

    This war has now been long enough for me to forget why it started in the first place. Why is it that these tracks have decided to destroy each other, racing and the customer?

    • TheBrain

      In short…

      1- Gulfstream Park decided to try to put Calder outta business by racing yearround
      2- Calder decided they didn’t want to be pushed around, thus deciding “if they can race yearround then we can too
      3- Both tracks are suffering, as are the bettors, employees, et al.

      Both tracks oughta be put in a 6-month time out. If you’re gonna act like stubborn children, you oughta be treated like stubborn children.

  • THE ENFORCER

    USE THE STAKES PURSE DOUGH FOR OVERNIGHT RACES..

    DOES ANYONE AGREE THAT BOTH CALDER AND GULFSTREAM HAVE POOR RACING CARDS??..IF YOU LIKE 4-6 MAIDEN RACES A DAY AND NW2L AND NW3L–THEN ENJOY..

    HOW LONG CAN THIS DILUTED SOUTH FLORIDA PRODUCT CONTINUE TO BE PRESENTED TO THE RACING CONSUMER??..NOT FOR MINE…

    MORE CANCELLED STAKES TO COME??

  • Gene

    Round 2 to Gulfstream

  • Richard C

    CDI is in the business of operating many of these “properties” to fail — and then sell to the deepest-pocketed developer. The Song Remains the Same.

Twitter