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Updated on 10/16/2013 8:50AM
Gulfstream Park withholds signals from Calder
By Mike Welsch
MIAMI – Gulfstream Park has begun withholding its simulcast signal and those of any other tracks distributed by the Monarch Content Management Co., including Santa Anita, from neighboring Calder Racecourse. Gulfstream Park and Calder are located approximately eight miles apart and have been racing in conflict with one another since July 1.
Monarch Content Management is owned by the Stronach Group and distributes simulcast signals for Gulfstream Park, all California tracks, Laurel, Meadowlands, Monmouth Park, and Tampa Bay Downs. According to company officials, those signals combine for nearly $3 billion in handle annually.
Among the signals withheld from Calder on Saturday during its Festival of the Sun program were those from Gulfstream, Santa Anita, Laurel Park, Golden Gate, and Portland Meadows.
According to Chief Operating Officer Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream management has filed two complaints with the state of Florida against Calder. The first for illegally distributing the Gulfstream signals to other area parimutuel facilities without permission from the host track and the second for failure to pay approximately $5 million in past-due simulcast monies owed to Gulfstream Park.
John Marshall, vice president and general manager of racing for Calder, did admit his track inadvertently and improperly sent the Gulfstream signal to nearby Mardi Gras Casino last Saturday and said that error has been corrected.
“We informed Gulfstream of the error once discovering what had happened,” Marshall said. “But there is a contract between the Stronach Group and Churchill Downs that is very specific to give a 10-day notice of any disputes on the signals and they [Stronach Group] decided to cut off the content without giving any notice, which is just more example of Gulfstream’s behavior in thinking that they’re not accountable to follow the rules, whether contractual or statutorial.”
Its not just Stronach. Florida Racing Commission is supposed to regulate and set guidelines, dates , and generally control the industry ,is and has been AT FAULT FOR YEARS.
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These guys are as bad as CONGRESS -- play nice children !
Horsemen have also taken note of GP activities. Watch the growing list of trainers that have applied for stalls at FG OP good money and easier company. But the best reason is the tracks themselves.they are great to train on unlike GP and the other fl training tracks which tend to be very hard on the horses
Anyone who thinks Calder will shut down is in dreamland. The casino is raking in tons of money so they need racing to keep their casino open.
CDI is just getting a taste of its own medicine. In Kentucky, they are trying to put Turfway out of business, they took their fall meet from them. In Chicago, they are trying to put Hawthorne out of business, they froze out the Illinois Derby from the points system. Years ago, GP & Crc combined to put Hialeah out of business. Turnabout is fair play
I have to admit that I wondered why these tracks were both running at same time. It seems to me that Gulfstream should have been dark (like it would have been in past years) during this part of the calendar. Moreover, what I truly find sad is the demise of thoroughbred racing at Hialeah. All I can think of is that this was contributed to by both Gulfstream and Calder. The sadness comes from all of the history associated with Hialeah from some of the greatest thoroughbreds that ever existed. (I recall a time when the Flamingo Stakes was on par with the Florida Derby.) Never having the opportunity to actually visit any of the Florida tracks, I have been told by several "old timers" that Hialeah was one of the most prettiest tracks in North America. I would like to see the Florida Racing Commission find a way to arrange dates so that all of the Florida tracks can run without conflict. (Tampa can run concurrent with Gulfstream as it does now.) What is obvious to me is that the Florida Racing Commission may be in Stronach's pocket. (That old geezer needs to lighten up.)
Things must be pretty bad when DRF starts posting derogatory religious rantings from idiots. Freedom of speech is great but when someone starts using religions as part of the problem that takes the first ammendment too far.
You can tell by the statements issued by both tracks who's being honest. Calder admits it made a mistake sending a signal to a venue it shouldn't have. GP simply cuts the signal in bad faith. I bet more at Tampa Bay then I do at GP or SA. CDI needs to make a power move and if they are smart they will make a sweet deal with NYRA, OP and Tampa and tell Stronach were not taking your signal. This guy has been a bully for way to long and he needs a punch in the mouth.
I will not Play any races from GP Stronach group has pushed its weight around way to much for me. They can put there racino where the sun don't shine
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