11/02/2009 12:00AM

Dunn accepts Gulfstream position


Ken Dunn, the former longtime president of Calder Race Course in Miami, has been hired by Gulfstream Park in Hallandale as part of its management team, according to a release issued late on Monday.

Although the release did not specify Dunn's position, Gulfstream's president and general manager, Bill Murphy, resigned on Friday after two years in the position, according to a previous company release. Dunn was president at Calder Race Course from 1990-2008 before he was forced out by the track's owner, Churchill Downs Inc., in April, 2008, shortly after voters legalized slot-machine gambling at the track. Dunn was 61 at the time.

Officials of Gulfstream did not immediately return phone calls on Monday.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to return to racing and to contribute to the great racing tradition at Gulfstream Park," Dunn said in the statement released by Gulfstream's owner, Magna Entertainment Corp.

Gulfstream is scheduled to open its winter meet on Jan. 3, 2010. The track runs one of the more popular winter race meets in the U.S.

Magna, which filed for bankruptcy on March 5, is seeking buyers for all of its tracks, including Gulfstream Park.