Gulfstream Park announced July 17 that it will increase purses an average of 10% starting with its July 24 condition book, and also offer a $250 starter incentive to help horsemen offset the cost of workers' compensation.
Gulfstream Park held its first apprentice riding education program meeting the morning of July 13, designed to give young riders an opportunity to learn from experienced guest speakers from many parts of the racing world.
Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti remains determined to bring Thoroughbreds back to his famous racetrack in Hialeah, Fla., and is hoping to stage a comeback with his one-time nemesis Gulfstream Park.
A new era of South Florida Thoroughbred racing begins July 4 with Gulfstream Park and its parent The Stronach Group in control and feeling a new sense of independence.
The donation came from Gulfstream Park's Thoroughbred Aftercare Program, which has raised more than $250,000 during the last two years.
One lucky 20-cent Rainbow 6 bettor in Palm Beach really hit the jackpot at Gulfstream Park May 25, cashing for a record $6,678,939.12.
South Florida horsemen and racetracks have a deal that will stop a second year of head-to-head racing between Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course.
If there is no single winning ticket on the Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park May 24 or May 25, the track expects the total pool of the 20-cent jackpot wager to set a North American Pick 6 pool record Monday, May 26.
Gulfstream Park has announced there will be a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 on Memorial Day jackpot bet May 26. The track believes the pool could reach $10 million to $20 million.
Gulfstream Park asked Florida horsemen April 28 to review a plan for Gulfstream to lease the racing operations of Calder and end the head-to-head weekend racing at the Miami area tracks.
Even though it faced new weekend competition from nearby Calder Casino & Race Course, Gulfstream Park came close to its record for average daily all-sources handle during its 2013-14 winter meet that ended April 6.
Gulfstream Park set an all-time Florida Derby day handle record March 29 when $26.8 million was wagered on the live program highlighted by the 63rd edition of the grade I event sponsored by Besilu Stables.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino will serve as host for the next two Eclipse Awards ceremonies in January 2015 and 2016 under an agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 26.
Riding in only his second race, apprentice jockey Michael Ritvo notched his first victory by guiding Little Daniella to a front-running tally in the second race at Gulfstream Park March 23, a $25,000 maiden claiming event.
A spill in the early stages of race 10 at Gulfstream Park March 16 prompted stewards to declare the race a 'no contest' to protect the safety of jockeys and horses.
Gulfstream Park will become the first racetrack to use the graded stakes out-of-competition testing grant fund, beginning with the March 29 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I), it was announced March 11.
South Florida neighbors Calder Casino & Race Course and Gulfstream Park are headed toward another 12 months of head-to-head weekend racing starting this July.
Gulfstream Park plans to enlist its stewards and public address announcer in an effort to provide bettors more information and greater transparency whenever there is a disqualification or objection on any of its races.
The clock is ticking toward the final day for Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course to reach an agreement that would prevent another bruising 12 months of head-to-head racing.
Unless serious talks resume soon and quickly produce a settlement, Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course appear to be headed toward another 12 months of bitter head-to-head weekend racing.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have sent the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering preliminary dates filings that would result in another 12 months of head-to-head weekend racing starting in July 2014.
Gulfstream Park had all-sources handle six times greater than Calder Casino and Race Course during the Dec. 6-8 weekend.
The first major event of the Gulfstream Park Championship Meet will take place Dec. 7 with the Claiming Crown, a collection of eight stakes races worth a total of $1 million.
The winter racing season officially arrives in the Miami area Nov. 30 when Gulfstream Park begins what it is calling the "Champions Meet" for 2013-14.
The number of trainers that have nominated themselves for the right to nominate horses to the $1 million Claiming Crown increased this year to 283 from 276 in 2012.
Gulfstream Park said Sept. 30 it has started construction of a $4 million structure with 380 new stalls on the south side of racetrack property.
John Patrick Unick, who has advised several Thoroughbred racetracks and horseman's groups in arranging workers' compensation insurance policies, is helping southeast Florida horsemen prepare a similar program for Gulfstream.
Calder Casino & Race Course had been host of premier state-bred juvenile racing program for 32 years.
The Claiming Crown, with purses totaling $1 million this year, will continue to be held at Gulfstream Park through 2015, it was announced Aug. 15.
Southeast Florida began its fourth head-to-head racing weekend July 27 with Gulfstream holding an almost 2-1 edge in pari-mutuel handle and Calder rejecting speculation it might soon cancel racing dates.
Gulfstream Park and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association announced July 16 they signed a contract for the current meet that runs through Nov. 28.
A $500 bonus per horse per race, with restrictions, will help trainers deal with rising costs, particularly with worker's compensation.
The first weekend showdown between Calder Casino & Race Course and Gulfstream Park had both tracks claiming some wagering success.
In the latest salvo in the Florida racing turf war, Gulfstream Park announced it will open its Palm Meadows training facility to accommodate horsemen who have been impacted by Calder Race Course's "restricted access policy."
Gulfstream Park had all-sources handle of $1,986,428 for eight races June 25 as it held the first summer racing day in its 75-year history.
Live racing returns to Gulfstream Park Tuesday, June 25 with 84 entrants, including also-eligibles, for an eight-race card.
Gulfstream Park president Tim Ritvo said June 14 it appears Gulfstream and Calder Casino & Race Course will race head-to-head on weekends beginning July 6.
The 43rd annual Eclipse Awards will be held Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced.
Calder Casino & Race Course is optimistic it will strike a deal with Gulfstream Park to call off the head-to-head weekend racing they are scheduled to begin in July, Calder general manager John Marshall said.
The South Florida racetrack has released its first-ever summer race schedule.
Agreement is expected for Gulfstream Park to take over part of Calder's operations and assume a large number of Calder's race dates starting in July 2013.
Gulfstream Park's request to have racing on Mondays and Tuesdays for 12 weeks this spring is being studied by two Florida regulatory agencies.
Dan Bork, who has served as racing secretary at Gulfstream Park for the past four years, will leave at the conclusion of the meet. Jeffrey Noe, who has been an assistant racing secretary at Calder, will replace him.
Gulfstream Park is raising all purses by 10% effective March 16 for the remainder of its 90-day Thoroughbred meet which concludes April 5, the South Florida track announced March 13.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course apparently have failed to strike a deal on racing dates, meaning they could race head-to-head on all Saturdays and Sundays during the year beginning July 1.
Holding the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park plus the addition of several new charity events has given the event new life.
Gulfstream Park's preliminary filing for racing dates shows it plans to have racing every week, in some cases just on Saturdays and Sundays, with a total of 153 race days during the 12 months beginning July 1.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have started the annual process of picking racing dates, with Gulfstream stirring up yet another dispute by saying it plans to expand its four-month schedule.
Besilu Stables has signed a multi-year contract as presenting sponsor of the $1 million Florida Derby and $400,000 Fountain of Youth, Gulfstream Park announced Dec. 12.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino will assist horsemen stabled at Calder Casino & Race Course by paying the stall rent of horses who participate at its meet during the month of December.
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