Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course averted a potentially
disastrous dates conflict at the 12th hour when they amended their dates
applications with the Florida Department of Business and Professional
Regulation on Monday afternoon.
Monday was the final day for both tracks to amend dates applications
for the fiscal period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. Racing
dates in Florida have been deregulated since 2002.
Gulfstream applied for 87 racing dates for its 2011-2012 meeting,
which opens on Dec. 3 and runs through April 8, 2012. The current
meeting ends on April 24.
Calder will race from April 25 through Dec. 2 in 2011, a total of 150
dates, with the final 45 dates to be run as the Tropical at Calder
session. Calder will then reopen in 2012 on April 9.