06/14/2010 11:00PM

Cronin, Bredar out at Gulfstream


Mike Cronin, Gulfstream Park's assistant to the president of marketing, and Caton Bredar, the track's executive producer of media development, have been dismissed by Gulfstream's management as part of a "restructuring," track officials said on Tuesday.

Cronin and Bredar, who were brought aboard by the track's former general manager, Ken Dunn, in December of last year, said they were informed last Thursday by the track's current general manager, Steve Calabro, that they would not be retained for next year's meet, which runs from early January to late April.

"I was told on Thursday by Steve Calabro that they are restructuring," Cronin said. "They never went into details, but at that point, when you find out that you're not really wanted, it didn't matter that much."

Calabro said on Tuesday that Gulfstream was seeking full-time marketing and publicity personnel who were familiar with the track's wide range of business operations, such as its slot-machine casino and on-site retail spaces.

"We're not going to get away from our position as a first-class racing facility," said Calabro, who is the track's former vice president of gaming. "But we also need someone who understands and embraces the other facets of our facility here."

Bredar said that she had been employed on a part-time basis by the track because of Gulfstream's limited race dates, and that she had been uncertain whether the track would retain her for the 2011 meet because of recent decisions by Gulfstream's parent company, MI Developments, to revamp operations at its handful of tracks.

"What had always been in place is that I would come in on an as-needed basis," said Bredar, who is also an on-camera reporter for HRTV, ESPN, and ABC. "I wasn't getting a steady paycheck." HRTV is co-owned by MI Developments and Churchill Downs Inc.

Dunn, 63, resigned last month, citing his desire to limit his work hours at the same time that MI Developments was looking for its racetrack managers to demonstrate a 24-7 commitment to their jobs.

MI Developments took over Gulfstream Park and other racetracks from its bankrupt subsidiary, Magna Entertainment, in an exchange for Magna's debt to the company. Magna was dissolved after the exchange.