Gulfstream Breaks Its Total Handle Record

A Gulfstream Park record for commingled handle was set on Florida Derby Day Saturday when a total of $25,481,438 was wagered, according to Edward Mackie, director of mutuels.

The previous record was $24,482,519 bet on the Florida Derby card on March 11, 2001.

Gulfstream Park's 2004 Florida Derby Day on-track handle Saturday of $4,448,463 was up 25% over the 2003 handle of $3,580,194.

"The outstanding quality of the horses racing today and the packaging of multiple stakes proved to be a highly successful combination," said Scott Savin, Gulfstream president and general manager.