Friday, February 03, 2012


Calder Casino & Race Course Announces 2012 Stakes Schedules


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2012) – Calder Casino & Race Course announces its stakes schedules for the 2012 Calder and Tropical meets as it prepares to start this year’s live racing season on April 9. Calder hosts two consecutive meets: the 85-day Calder Meet from April 9 to Aug. 31; and the 65-day Tropical Meet from Sept. 1 to Dec. 2.

The Calder Meet will be jump-started with three exciting stakes in the month of April, including the return of the Calder Derby (April 14) and Calder Oaks (April 28) after a one-year absence. The Calder Derby, for 3-year-olds going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, has a $150,000 purse and the Calder Oaks carries a $100,000 purse for 3-year-old fillies, also going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. The $125,000 Miami Mile Handicap (G3) at a mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up will be run on April 21.


The month of April will also feature the introduction of the “Calder Starter Series,” a four-race series designed for 4-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $20,000 or less in 2011 or 2012, with two exciting incentives: attractive purse money and a lucrative trainer bonus. Each race carries a $50,000 purse (including $5,000 in Florida Owners’ Awards) and the series offers a $5,000 bonus to the trainer of the horse that accumulates the most points after the fourth race of the series. Points are allocated to the top six finishers of each race. Dates for the Calder Starter Series are April 14 (7 furlongs, dirt), April 28 (1 mile, turf), May 12 (1 mile & 70 yds., dirt), and May 26 (1 1/16 miles, turf) with nominations closing on March 26.

“The stakes races in April, along with the Calder Starter Series, are designed to be early hallmarks to Calder’s race meet,” says Calder Vice President and General Manager of Racing John Marshall. “Players can expect to wager on quality racing at Calder beginning April 9th and continuing through December 2nd.”

Highlights of the 2012 Calder Meet include the nationally-recognized Summit of Speed on July 7, with a Summit Preview day on June 9. Purses of the Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) and Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) on the Summit of Speed card have been increased to $400,000 each (from $350,000 in 2011). The $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (G3), $150,000 Azalea Stakes (G3), $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Handicap, and $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat Handicap round out this year’s Summit of Speed stakes program. The Summit of Speed produced another Breeders’ Cup and Eclipse Award champion in 2011 with Bill Kaplan and Pinnacle Racing Stable’s Musical Romance

Calder will present the Juvenile Showcase on August 25, a day dedicated to 2-year-old racing featuring the middle leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes. The day’s six stakes races for racing’s future stars total $550,000. Recent graduates of the Juvenile Showcase include Breeders’ Cup and Eclipse Award champions Awesome Feather and Big Drama and multiple Graded stakes winner Jackson Bend.

The 2012 Tropical Meet will feature three multiple-stakes event days: the Festival Preview on Sept. 15, Festival of the Sun on Oct. 13, and the Florida Million on Nov. 10; plus, five Graded stakes will be contested during the final weeks of the season.

The Calder Meet offers 31 stakes worth $3,475,000 and the Tropical Meet will feature 27 stakes totaling $3,175,000 for a combined stakes program worth $6,650,000. The complete schedules are attached.

“Over $6.6 million in stakes purse money awaits horsemen to compete for on a schedule with enriched April racing opportunities for horsemen in addition to the traditional events,” Marshall adds. “The entire Florida racing community is rooting for Calder racing this year and our horsemen and the racing office are sure to deliver top flight wagering action for racing fans across the country.”


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