Dispute update

In a letter it sent the week of Jan. 17 to horsemen and other “members of the Florida Thoroughbred Racing Community,” Calder management mentioned the track’s “traditional racing dates” and said: “We at Calder do not seek a conflict (with Gulfstream), but we also are protective of these racing dates and will do what is right for our business and for the industry. Please do not rely on rumors or gossip regarding this subject; our offices are always open and we welcome you to come in with any questions or concerns you may have.”

Really! Well if you want to do what’s right for your business AND for the industry, give up the December dates. Your on-track and simulcasting numbers for December the past few years have been in decline, with purse cuts affecting the horsemen and state revenue. How do you justify keeping the dates with the past performances you have been posting the last few years? Those totals don’t lie!

Just be man enough to admit your business in December is costing the horsemen millions in purses and move over and let Gulfstream Park do what is right for everyone concerned.

I think Gulfstream Park is being very generous. I would begin the “First Class Racing” season on Thanksgiving Day!

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