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Calder Purse Contract Expires Despite Repeated Attempts by Florida Horsemen To Resolve the “Open Access” Issue of the Dates Crisis

May 2, 2013     For More Information, Please Contact:  Kent Stirling at (305) 625-4591—office or cell– (305) 216-1790   Following a year-long series of events that have directly violated its standing purse contract with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA), Calder Casino and Race Course (Calder) management has rejected a proposal by the FHBPA to resolve the issue of offering “open access” between Calder and Gulfstream when the tracks are scheduled to...
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FHBPA/CALDER April 19, 2013 Notes

Present:  John Marshall, Mike Anifantis, Kent Stirling, Phil Combest, Barry Rose, Gene Stevens, Larry Bates, Kathy Davey, Tom Cannell, Bill White.   Financial   Handle for the week was generally up slightly, year over year.  Calder management believes we are off to a good start, especially considering the rainy weather and the fact that we have been running fewer races compared to the same time last year.  The national handle trends are generally up, and...
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Present:  John Marshall, Mike Anifantis, Kent Stirling, Phil Combest, Barry Rose, Gene Stevens, Larry Pilotti, Larry Bates, Kathy Davey, Dave Fawkes, Bill White.   Opening Weekend   Handle  The opening weekend went well.  Saturday’s on-track numbers were up 1% over the prior year period, with in-state simulcasting up 34% and out-of state down slightly; Sunday’s on-track down 5%, in-state down 6%, and out-of-state up 16%; all handle combined was up 7% for the weekend.  ...
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FHBPA Open Meeting April 10, 2013

April 18, 2013   Good news is that it looks like we might prevail against the Barrel racing people.   We extended the Calder contract through the end of the month.   Four Race days a week at Calder through June 30.   No Mondays and Tuesdays at Gulfstream except one day, either June 25 or June 30.  This has to do with rebroadcasting.   We must stick together regarding stopping Tampa Bay Downs rebroadcasting...
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Gulfstream Horsemen’s Summary Notes March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013   Racing Dates As reported last week, there is still no resolution or significant progress in talks between Calder and Gulfstream. Regarding the possibility of running Mondays and Tuesdays from April through June, there is still no definite decision from the State of Florida. Summer Meet Currently there are over 2000 stalls applied for at GP. Gulfstream realizes that there is significant duplication of stall applications at Calder and Gulfstream, as...
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Gulfstream Horsemen’s General Informational Meeting Summary Notes March 18, 2013

Purse Increase A 10% across the board Purse increase will go into effect Saturday March 16th. Racing Dates No significant progress in talks between Calder and Gulfstream. Tim Ritvo reiterated GP’s commitment to run 2 days/week beginning July 1.  Running on Mondays and Tuesdays from April through June is still a possibility.  A firm decision should be made by the end of March. Summer Meet If you stable at GP through the summer meet, you...
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