What Happened to South Florida’s Calder Race Course?

Florida Racing Prepares To Say Goodbye To CalderCalder Race Course was a beautiful facility in South Florida, which ran a healthy part of the racing calendar.  Known for its deep, sandy course, Calder featured many great horses over the years.  One of those was Lost In The Fog, the great sprinter who I got to see in my only visit to the track.  Unfortunately, for this Florida horse track, it was purchased by Churchill Downs and turned into a racino. Under their guidance, it would suffer the same fate as other racetrack purchased by the Louisville ‘horse racing company – spectacular tracks like Hollywood Park and most recently, Arlington Park.

So what is now happening to the former parcel that Calder sat on? According to TheRealDeal.com Link Logistics paid $291 million for Calder’s former horse racing track and surrounding property, with plans for an industrial complex and movie studios in Miami Gardens.

A New York-based company, Link Logistics purchased the 115.7-acre site from an affiliate of Calder Casino’s parent company, Louisville, Kentucky-based Churchill Downs, according to records…

What Happened to South Florida’s Calder Race Course?

Guess Where the New L.A. Rams Stadium will be?

NFL football HOUSTON—A 21-year odyssey came to an end Tuesday when National Football League owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and gave the San Diego Chargers an option to join the Rams in Inglewood. Their home will ultimately be on site of the old … [Read more…]

Great Horse Racing Videos – The Earthquake Race

The infamous “earthquake” race at Hollywood Park.  An amazing call!

The Great Horse Racing Video Series – the final stakes race at Hollywood Park

Grade 1 winner Marketing Mix, one of the top turf distaffers (filly and mares) in the country, won the final stakes race at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, July 14, 2013.  With legendary jockey Gary Stevens aboard, Marketing Mix got the win for trainer Tom Proctor and owner Glen Hills Farm.

 

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Sacred Grounds where Champions Raced

Formerly Bay Meadows

…the crowd cheered in unison for one single mare from start to finish as if she were racing alone.  And, when she claimed her seventeenth consecutive victory, Zenyatta stood on that site, a perfect Thoroughbred, and took in an ovation from a crowd that was absolutely in awe of her presence.  It was not simply a horse race.  It was a historical moment.  And, the site of that historical event is the same site, which, if developers get their way, will be demolished [Hollywood Park] and turned into a retail and residential area.

I fail to see a need for another commercial or residential development on grounds where our champions tested their limits and showed us what we had deemed impossible.  Rather, there is a need to… READ MORE from The Saturday Post