Owner Frank Calabrese’s decision to run his stable year-round in
south Florida was short-lived. Just five weeks into the Calder meeting,
Calabrese has announced his intention to ship all 48 horses he presently
has stabled on the grounds to Monmouth Park for the remainder of the
Calabrese, who traditionally had spent his summers racing at
Arlington Park, opted to stay on in south Florida and race at Calder on a
regular basis for the first time this year following at the conclusion
of the Gulfstream Park meet. But he said Thursday the economics of
racing here along with the threat of a purse cut because of the ongoing
dispute between the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective
Association and Calder management forced his hand and led to his
decision to go to Monmouth.
“They’re talking about cutting purses from 10 to 15 percent here, and
I’ll lose a ton of money if I stay and they do that,” said Calabrese.
“I called Monmouth and they gave me 48 stalls, so we’re moving out