Calder Race Course

From Parking Cars To Winning Races: Fawkes Celebrates 1,000 Victories

Trainer David Fawkes, who went from parking cars here at the track formerly known as Calder Race Course to winning 27 graded-stakes races, celebrated his 1,000th career victory when he saddled Hot Scot Racing Stables’ Captain Flint to victory in Gulfstream Park West’s ninth-race finale Friday. Sent off at 9-1 in the 7 ½-furlong turf sprint for 2-year-old […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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Florida Court Ruling On Slots License Could End Horse Racing At Calder

Churchill Downs Inc. moved one step closer to getting out of the horse racing business in Florida after an appeals court ruled the company could use its license for a jai alai fronton to operate a casino it owns at Calder in Miami Springs. Three judges in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday […]

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Longtime Florida Trainer Rene Mendez Dies At 84

Former Florida-based trainer Rene E. Mendez passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was 84 years old. Mendez, a Cuban-born jockey in the 1950s, later was an exercise rider for a number of East Coast trainers in the 1960s before becoming a trainer himself in 1975. With his wife Janet Mendez […]

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Summit Of Speed Returns At Gulfstream, Features Breeders’ Cup ‘Win And You’re In’

There has never been a shortage of searing heat in South Florida summers. At one time, though, sizzle was lacking. At least when it came to summer racing. No track understood that better at one time than Calder Race Course, which once held the summer dates for decades.  “It was kind of dead,” said former […]

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Florida HBPA Sues State Regulators, Calder Race Course Over Jai Alai Permit

The same bureaucrats in Tallahassee, Fla., who define a “horse race” as two equines ambling down a dirt path at a snail’s pace have been sued by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association for giving Calder Race Course a summer jai alai permit that will allow the Churchill Downs Inc.-owned track to stiff Thoroughbred […]

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Sept. 24 Hearing Date Set For Florida HBPA Lawsuit Challenging Calder’s Jai Alai Permit

An order was entered on Thursday that sets Sept. 24, 2018, as the hearing date for the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association’s lawsuit challenging the validity of the summer jai alai permit given to Calder in February of this year. The issue in the case, styled the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc. […]

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FTBOA: Churchill Using ‘Bait And Switch’ At Calder, May Halt Racing In Favor Of Jai Alai

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association distributed the following statement to media late Thursday. Churchill Downs obtained a permit to host summer jai alai earlier this year, which may allow it to link the jai alai meet to its casino license, as opposed to a live racing meet. On Aug. 23, the leading representatives […]

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A ‘Sidewalk’ Between Them? Florida Horsemen, Calder Do Battle In Court

A Florida judge heard arguments Tuesday from horsemen and state gambling regulators over whether Calder Race Course should legally be able to maintain its slots license. At issue is a state law that says slot machine areas must remain “contiguous and connected” to the area where live races are taking place. It a lawsuit, the […]

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Racing At Gulfstream Park West Gets Underway With Fall Turf Festival

Live racing in South Florida moves eight miles west Wednesday, from Gulfstream Park to Gulfstream Park West for the Fall Turf Festival. First race post for Wednesday’s eight-race program is 1:15 p.m. Gulfstream Park West, formerly Calder Race Course, is located on University Drive and County Line Road next to Hard Rock Stadium. Once again, […]

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