04/29/2010 11:00PM

Fire in video center halts Calder card


Racing was canceled at Calder after the fourth race on Thursday because of a small electrical fire in the video control module at the track.

The fire, which occurred at 2:50 p.m., damaged equipment in the truck necessary both to broadcast simulcast signals and to provide the films used by track stewards to adjudicate the races. The decision to cancel the remainder of the scheduled nine-race card was made at 3:25.

"We apologize for the inconvenience to our guests and horsemen," said Calder's vice president and general manager of racing, John Marshall. "Every effort is being made to remedy the problem before morning race preparations."

Calder was able to continue offering simulcast wagering to its patrons on Thursday. Track officials said they were hoping to be open for live racing, as scheduled, on Friday.