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Florida Tracks Go To War 2

Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

History tends to repeat, and the upcoming South Florida track battle (see Part 1 above) is ironically between two tracks that allied to eliminate Hialeah racetrack from the local racing landscape in the late 1980s. Calder, which is owned by Churchill Downs, has told trainers stabled at its track that if they send horses to Gulfstream to race they're not welcome back, a strategy the track employed successfully in its 1989 dates victory over Hialeah. According to miamiherald.com, Calder is making exceptions on a "case-by-case basis." Gulfstream is wooing trainers with bigger purses and improvements to their racing surface. According to a Gulfstream spokesman earlier in the week, 200 horses had already shipped from Calder during the previous 48 hours with another 300 also expected to make the move. Watch this space!

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