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Absent a new accord, Calder and Gulfstream to race at same time

Eddie Plesa Jr. has been at Calder Casino and Race Course since the first horses hoofprints there. When the Miami Gardens track opened in 1971, his father was among the first trainers to set up shop.

Later, Plesa followed in his father’s footsteps, became one of the track’s top trainers, and supported the place in 1989 when it prevailed in a head-to-head racing battle against Hialeah — the only time in South Florida history that two of its three tracks ran concurrently.

“It was good to my parents,” Plesa said of Calder. “It’s been good to me.”

But Plesa’s long allegiance with Calder could soon end.

Unless a compromise is reached between Calder and Gulfstream Park, the two tracks will battle nose-to-nose starting July 6, a showdown that will force most trainers to choose sides.Mo re here.