10/25/2005 11:00PM

Calder reopens training track


Calder Race Course, which suffered extensive damage when it was hit by Hurricane Wilma on Monday, reopened its training track Wednesday but remains closed for both simulcasting and live racing at least through Friday. Calder remained without power Wednesday, and any plans to reopen the facility for either simulcasting or live racing are on hold until power is restored.

The training track was open from 7:15-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning and received a "tremendous amount of activity," according to track president Ken Dunn. The training track will be open during the same period Thursday.

Dunn said a decision would be forthcoming Thursday regarding the reopening of the main track. He added that track officials have made contact with a roofer to begin repairs on the many barn roofs lost during the storm. A number of horses in the damaged barns will be moved to Gulfstream Park to facilitate repairs beginning Friday.

Gulfstream Park officials have also decided to move the opening of their Palm Meadows training facility in Boynton Beach back six days until Nov. 7. Palm Meadows also suffered extensive damage during the storm.

Gulfstream's main barn area will open Nov. 14.