Gulfstream to Upgrade Main Track Drainage

Florida track announces $1 million project; it is not expected to disrupt training.

A $1 million capital improvement project at Gulfstream Park to install a concrete gutter measuring 5,600 linear feet to strengthen the existing drainage system of the main track was announced April 5.

The work will be done by Ranger Construction, the company that installed the main track and turf course in 2003. It will help move and drain water faster off the main track. The gutter will be installed in the swale between the inside rail of the main track and outside rail of the turf course. The project will take approximately two months.

Construction of the gutter will not disrupt Thoroughbred training, Gulfstream said in a statement.

"The existing drainage infrastructure at our track is one of the finest in North America, but as we move toward becoming a year-round facility we want to go the extra mile," said Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream's president. "We want to make sure the track at Gulfstream is not only the safest but the finest when it comes to draining the water."