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SBD/December 28, 2012/Facilities
Santa Anita Park Opening Day Attendance Down 9% Following Rain Storm
Published December 28, 2012
SUNSHINE STAKES: BLOODHORSE.com's Jim Freer reported Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have "started the annual process of picking racing dates, with Gulfstream stirring up yet another dispute by saying it plans to expand its four-month schedule to 'year-round racing' starting in 2014." Racing dates are "set through June 30, 2013 for the two southeast Florida tracks, which are eight miles apart." Florida tracks have "until Feb. 28 to give the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering their lists of proposed race dates for the 12 months between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014." That schedule could be "changed dramatically with the unwelcome prospect of some days of head-to-head racing if Gulfstream carries out anything close to its ambitious plan." Gulfstream now has live racing from "early December through early April -- southeast Florida's prime winter season." Calder has live racing "the other eight months." Gulfstream President & GM Tim Ritvo said that the change "would involve having races at least several days most weeks each year from early 2014 onward." Ritvo added that Gulfstream would "continue to race five days a week during its winter season." Gulfstream "will end its 2012-2013 race meet on April 5." Calder will "open the following day and has dates through June 30, 2013" (BLOODHORSE.com, 12/26).