Racing in South Florida moves to Gulfstream Park West beginning Oct. 5 for the start of the 40-day Fall Turf Festival.
While the racing will take place at Gulfstream Park West, fans will spend their afternoons at Gulfstream Park to watch and wager on the races due to ongoing construction and a lack of amenities at Gulfstream Park West, formerly known as Calder Race Course.
"Our goal is to always make the customer comfortable and provide the best amenities," said Gulfstream Park general manager P.J. Campo, vice president of racing for The Stronach Group, said in a statement. "Because of the ongoing construction at Gulfstream Park West—because the grandstand has been demolished—we can only provide limited self-service betting machines, no simulcast wagering, and limited amenities.
"Our hope is bettors will continue coming to Gulfstream Park where we will continue providing simulcasting, full amenities, and a comfortable, air conditioned environment with plenty of dining options at the track and at The Village at Gulfstream Park. "The main track and turf course (at Gulfstream Park West) are both in the best shape that I have ever seen them."
Gulfstream Park West will run Wednesdays through Sundays as well as Monday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Nov. 8. The stakes program will be highlighted Nov. 26 by the $100,000 My Charmer (gr. III) and $100,000 Tropical Turf (gr. IIIT).
The stakes schedule kicks off Nov. 5 with a pair of $75,000 turf stakes—the Showing Up for 3-year-olds and the Cellars Shiraz for 3-year-old fillies. Gulfstream West will hold Sunshine Millions Preview Day Nov. 12 with seven $100,000 stakes races, including the Classic Preview, Turf Preview, Distaff, and Sprint.