Tim Ritvo

Calabro steps down from Gulfstream Park

Press Release Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today Steve Calabro has resigned as president and general manager to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family, who are located in New Jersey. Mike Couch, director of gaming, will maintain the day-to-day operations of the casino while Timothy Ritvo, VP of Racing, will assume […]

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Will Timely Writer fill?

Gulfstream Park has a good news/bad news situation on their hands. Good News: 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo is coming to town Bad News: The newly written Timely Writer may not fill knowing Uncle Mo is coming to town “Having the Eclipse Award winner and Kentucky Derby favorite run here is a bonus […]

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Gulfstream to increase purses 10 percent

Florida Derby Day Starters To Receive Additional $1,000 Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today a purse increase of 10 percent, beginning Saturday, March 4. In addition, Gulfstream announced starters on Florida Derby day (excluding stakes races) will each receive an additional $1,000. “Considering we started the meet with a 15 percent increase, we’ve now increased purses […]

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Gulfstream to open in December; reaches deal with Calder on racing dates

Calder Casino & Race Course and Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino averted a potentially disastrous head-to-head confrontation over racing dates, with separate announcements demonstrating the two tracks reached an agreement. Gulfstream will begin its next winter meeting a month earlier than usual, opening on Dec. 3 and racing 87 days through April 8, 2012. Gulfstream […]

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South Florida’s theater of the absurd

South Florida’s battle over racing dates has entered a new stage: the theater of the absurd. On Tuesday, Calder Casino & Race Course said horses stabled there would not be welcomed back if they were sent to Gulfstream Park to race, starting Saturday. At the same time, Calder announced plans to race year-round, beginning in April. On […]

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Gulfstream opens up stalls for Calder shippers

In response to Calder Race Course’s edict yesterday that will not allow horses shipping from Calder to Gulfstream to return to Calder, Gulfstream Park has announced they are opening new stalls for those trainers wanting to ship their horses. “In the short term, nobody at Calder should be afraid to run their horses at Gulfstream,” […]

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Gulfstream Park, Florida HBPA sign extension through 2012

Press Release Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today they have signed a contract with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA) that will run from March 1 through December of 2012. The current contract expired Feb. 28. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far with this partnership,” said Tim Ritvo, VP of Racing, […]

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Gulfstream, Palm Meadows quarantine disrupts racing, training

Gulfstream Park officials have quarantined one barn at the track and four others at its Palm Meadows training facility (including one where Todd Pletcher’s horses are stabled) over concerns with an unnamed Thoroughbred trained by Jonathan Sheppard that showed symptoms similar to those of neurological disease, Daily Racing Form reported Thursday morning. According to Daily […]

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Gulfstream Park brings big gains in first week

Large fields, good racing and perfect weather saw attendance rise by 32% and total wagering on live races increase 17.2% over 2010’s opening week. “It’s been a sensational opening,” said VP of racing for MI Developments Tim Ritvo. “Our attendance is up, handle on our product is up across the country, and both the racing […]

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