Paul Micucci, vice president of the gaming division of Magna Entertainment Corp., has been named president and general manager of Gulfstream Park. He replaces Scott Savin, who had held those positions at Gulfstream since 2000.
Gulfstream Park will present 46 stakes races worth $8,045,000 during its 87-day meet in 2006, track officials have announced.
It is fair to say that Gulfstream Park president Scott Savin expected some glitches when the track opened for its transitional meet on Monday. But even he could not have been prepared for what happened in the first race.
Following in the footsteps of sister track Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park announced that it expects to implement testing horses for "milkshaking," the force feeding of an alkalizing solution that typically contains bicarbonate, some time during its 2005 meet.
Gulfstream Park executives have unveiled the temporary facilities it will use for its 2005 meet, putting a positive spin on what promises to be a challenging meet.
David Rovine, Gulfstream Park's director of marketing who played an instrumental role in bringing weekend rock and jazz to the South Florida track, was fired this week as part of a corporate restructuring, said track president Scott Savin.
Gulfsream Park announced its 2004 stakes schedule today, with 41 added-money events worth $8.5 million to be run during the Jan. 3 to April 25, meet.
Owner Mike Gill, the nation's leading owner who has been mired in controversy in recent months after unprecedented success at Gulfstream Park, plans to disperse his stable of more than 270 horses over the next two years and leave the sport entirely.
Owner Mike Gill filed two separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court of New Hampshire April 9 for being denied entry into races at Delaware Park and for Gulfstream Park's handling of an investigation earlier this year.
Leonard Patrick, a veterinarian used by owner Mike Gill and trainer Mark Shuman, had his privileges suspended by Gulfstream Park on Wednesday for improper storage of Class 3 and Class 4 medication.
Magna Entertainment Corp.'s long-awaited South Florida training center Palm Meadows opened for business on Monday. About 250 horses were expected to work opening day.
Gulfstream Park ended its meet April 24 with handle and attendance numbers significantly down from a year ago.
Tampa Bay Downs has signed a reciprocal simulcast deal with Gulfstream Park even though horsemen's groups outside Florida are trying to block distribution of the Tampa track's signal. Horsemen in Texas and Kentucky are battling with Tampa Bay Downs over what they see as mistreatment of the local horsemen's group.
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