Indian Charlie got it right!


 

Some jerk with a
computer and internet access posted this asinine comment on his website along
with lies and misstatements:  “The unwise behavior is Gulfstream’s insane stance
that in applying for the December dates all they are trying to do is realign the
schedule so that it benefits the horsemen. Of course, since
December is Calder’s biggest money-making month, nobody at Gulfstream has tried
to explain why running in April instead of December would be beneficial to
Calder.
I have just one question.
If December is Calder’s biggest money making month, how come they cut purses and
stakes races lost their graded status?
Now for John Marshall with his line of
BS. This guy could let lost while on a merry- go- round!
“Calder wants what’s best for South Florida racing,” Marshall
said. “We continue to look at our racing schedule for the coming year, and as in
prior years, we will do what’s right for the South Florida racing community,
including Calder, its horsemen and racing fans.”
Really? And you say this with
a straight face? You want to do what’s best for south Florida racing? Leave the
state. Maybe Steve Sexton can find something for you to do with Formula one
racing in Texas. How about something in the food and beverage area, like maybe a
soda jerk. Indian Charlie got it all right about Calder:

Calder Relaxes
Shipping Policy

Updated:
Saturday, February 26, 2011 5:48 PM
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 1:46
PM

Calder Casino
& Race Course announced Feb. 26 that it will allow Calder-based horses to
return to its grounds after they race at other tracks, including Gulfstream
Park. Horses that return from other tracks will continue to use assigned stalls,
the track said.

On Feb. 22, Calder announced a ban on returning shippers
effective Feb. 26. That ban, now apparently just for one day, did not include
graded stakes races.

Calder, in Miami Gardens, Fla., is eight miles west
of Gulfstream, in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

“We know this has been a
confusing time for the horsemen who participate in the racing programs at both
Calder and Gulfstream Park, and we are returning to our normal stable-area
ship-in policies so we can avoid impacting their operational routines,” said
John Marshall, Calder’s vice president and general manager, in a
statement.

“Calder wants what’s best for South Florida racing,” Marshall
said. “We continue to look at our racing schedule for the coming year, and as in
prior years, we will do what’s right for the South Florida racing community,
including Calder, its horsemen and racing fans.”

Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream’s
vice president of racing, said: “We’re very happy Calder has lifted the
restriction because we don’t want the horsemen to suffer or our
business.”

No doubt because of the ban on returning shippers, only 13
Calder-based horses were entered in Gulfstream’s eight non-stakes races on Feb.
26. Five of the 13 scratched.

Trainer David Fawkes sent two horses from
his Calder stable to run in non-stakes races.

“I expected they would lift
the ban soon, if not today,” he said. “If they didn’t, I have a farm where I can
send the horses.”

Fawkes noted that some trainers would not have that
option.

“This whole thing is bad for everyone, especially the smaller
barns,” Fawkes said. “This is between the tracks. They are using the horsemen as
pawns.”

Calder put in its ban on shippers returning amid its dispute with
Gulfstream over racing dates in southeast Florida.

A meeting in
Louisville Feb. 25 between MI Developments chairman Frank Stronach and Churchill
Downs Inc. chief operating officer Bill Carstanjen ended without resolving the
dispute between the companies’ southeast Florida tracks.
Last
week
, in
reaction to the disagreement, Calder said it would not allow horses that ship
from Calder to race at Gulfstream to return to its Miami Gardens
facility.

The dates
dispute began Dec. 31 when Gulfstream, in a preliminary filing with the Florida
Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, said it would begin its next racing season
Dec. 2.

For the past decade, Gulfstream has raced from early January
through late April and Calder has raced the remainder of the year.

In
their latest preliminary filings, both tracks said they plan to race at least
two days each week during the 12 months beginning July 1,
2011.

Gulfstream and Calder have until 5 p.m. Feb. 28 to submit their
final date filings to the Florida DPMW for the 12 months beginning July
1.
Florida
Thoroughbred tracks choose their own dates, with automatic approval from the
Florida DPMW.

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