Calder Casino & Race Course hosted its inaugural Calder Media Foot Race for Charity, a 100-yard dash from the starting gate to the Calder finish wire, as part of the track’s annual “Florida’s Biggest Kentucky Derby Day Party” Saturday, May 5.
A full field of 12 media celebrities representing south Florida print, television, and radio participated in the race, with each celebrity running on behalf of a chosen charity, to which Calder made a $2,500 donation.
The wire-to-wire win by Jason Martinez from WPLG ABC-10 was contested closely by 560 WQAM's Steve “Goldie” Goldstein who finished in second, and HOT 105 FM's Tanto Irie in third. Completing the order of finish was Diana Diaz, Jeff Martin, Nick Sortal, Shiri Spear, Javier Romero, Julie Guy, Vance Phillips, and Rich Minaya.
Additional photos can be found here from ABC's photographer Ron Elkman.
Video can be found here from WSVN-7.
There was a late scratch due to the "improper shoes" of CBS-4's Shannon Hori, and Rich Minaya from WIOD 610AM - while drinking a beer and eating donuts - was beaten by about "200 lengths" as called by track announcer Bobby Neuman.
Participants in post position order (with media outlet and charity represented):
1. Nick Sortal - South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund
2. Tanto Irie - WHQT Hot 105 FM, Smiley’s Voice Foundation, Inc.
3. Javier Romero - WAMR 107.5 FM Amor, St. Jude Children’s Hospital
4. Shannon Hori - WFOR CBS-4, Neighbors 4 Neighbors
5. Steve “Goldie” Goldstein - WQAM Sports Radio 560 AM, Goldie’s Gang
6. Shiri Spear - WTVJ NBC-6, Make-A-Wish South Florida
7. Diana Diaz - WSVN FOX-7, Touching Miami With Love
8. Vance Phillips - WXMJ Majic 102.7 FM, Majic Children’s Fund
9. Jeff Martin - WLYF 101.5 Lite FM, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation
10. Jason Martinez - WPLG ABC-10, Scleroderma Foundation
11. Rich Minaya - WIOD 610 AM, Salvation Army
12. Julie Guy - WFLC 97.3 FM The Coast, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation