Florida-bred Stakes Program Added at Gulfstream

The new Florida-bred stakes program that began this year at Calder Race Course will continue at Gulfstream Park when the Hallandale racetrack opens Jan. 3 for its 2001 meet.

The agreement to implement the program was inked by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and Gulfstream Park.

"We look forward to the continued success of the program and will continue to work on innovative ideas, such as a Florida Cup Day, to keep Florida racing vital," FTBOA executive director Dick Hancock said.

The Florida-bred program at Gulfstream will feature $50,000 to be used as an additional supplement for each of the 12 $100,000 added-money stakes. Only Florida-bred foals registered with the FTBOA shall be eligible.

The FTBOA also will provide funds for two $100,000 Florida-bred turf stakes on Florida Derby Day. One will be for 3-year-olds and up, and one for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up.