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With the third Pegasus World Cup coming up Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, Ritvo said Horse Racing Roulette could make its Gulfstream Park debut around the same time. In 2006, Gulfstream Park completed a $200 million renovation of its clubhouse to add 850 Las Vegas-style slot machines, electronic blackjack and roulette, plus 20 live action poker tables. And in 2010 Gulfstream Park added The Village at Gulfstream Park, a Mediterranean-inspired walking village offering world-class shopping and 15 restaurants.

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Sports Handicapper Ron Raymond provides his free horse racing picks from today’s Gulfstream Park program for Saturday, July 27th, 2019, post time 12:45pm. Gulfstream Park is one of the nation’s premier Thoroughbred racetracks offering year-round championship racing. The Singapore Horse Racing Live Challenge (SIRT) started in 1987, in order to train both novice and professional riders.

Gulfstream Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, not Mississippi

Sports Handicapper Ron Raymond provides his free horse racing picks from today’s Gulfstream Park program for Saturday, July 13th, 2019, post time 12:45pm. The winner will be announced on Sunday morning before the start of the 5 a. race at the race course. This is a family friendly event with a live crowd supporting the two horses. Virtual Horse Racing Games, Virtual Horse Racing 3D. The 1. 4-mile track is part of the Gulfstream Park system of thoroughbred racetracks, which includes the 1. 7-mile Atlantic Raceway. Gulfstream Park has the best track configuration available, using a new 3-tier surface and a brand new, 2,500-seat main grandstand and a smaller seating area to accommodate fans enjoying the race. The track is just a short distance from the North Carolina border, and with a very quick turnaround, fans are greeted at the gate.

Interesting information:

Gulfstream Park is a racetrack and county-approved casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. During its annual meet, which spans December through October, it is one of the most important venues for horse racing in the USA.

A short, direct route also gives spectators easy access to the adjacent Atlantic University. There are also two large restrooms at the racecourse. Horse Racing Tips Australia is a great source for advice and free advice. Gulfstream Park provides more than 100 acres of grassy paddocks, fields and fields surrounding the track, perfect for walking, jog and bike riding activities.

Questions and Answers:

  • 1. Where is Gulfstream racing?

    Gulfstream Park is a racetrack and county-approved casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. During its annual meet, which spans December through October, it is one of the most important venues for horse racing in America.

  • 2. How many horse racing tracks are in Florida?

    As a result, Florida boasts three of the top thoroughbred horse race tracks in the country: Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder Race Course), and Tampa Bay Downs. If you're a fan of thoroughbred racing, you don't want to miss these three courses on your trip to the Sunshine State.

  • 3. Is there horse racing at Gulfstream?

    Catch year round world class horse racing whenever you'd like from North America's premier Thoroughbred horse racing destination, Gulfstream Park!

  • 4. Are the horses running at Gulfstream?

    Live thoroughbred racing takes place at Gulfstream Park every week from Thursday through Sunday during the Spring-Summer Meet.

The 1.4-mile track offers a few easy flat, two-mile starts from the Main Grandstand that allow for a shorter race. It is also the shortest of the five races at the racecourse with a finish time of less than 10 miles, explains Ron Raymond. Gulfstream Park has two horse stables including the largest indoor area under one roof in the country, which houses more than 20 state and national championship winning horses. Gulfstream Park has a variety of facilities for visitors to view horse riding in more detail. There is an indoor horse racing track, large oval track, 3-mile oval track, a 9-mile, 1-turn oval track, a two-mile, 4-turn asphalt oval track, and a 3-mile, 6-turn, 2-stretch grass oval track.

Gulfstream Park
LocationHallandale Beach, Florida
Owned byThe Stronach Group
Date opened1939/1944
Course typeFlat
Notable racesSunshine Millions Day
Florida Derby (G1)
Pegasus World Cup (G1)
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Gulfstream Park is a racetrack and county-approved casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. During its annual meet, which spans December through October, it is one of the most important venues for horse racing in the United States.


Historic Aerial Photograph of Gulfstream Park in 1940

Gulfstream Park was opened on Wednesday February 1, 1939 conducting a four-day meeting. The initial meeting had a crowd of 18,000. In 1944, the track was reopened by James Donn, Sr. for a 20-day meeting in December. The Gulfstream Park Handicap was first run in 1946 and the Florida Derby began in 1952. In that year the clubhouse was built and the Grandstand seating was expanded.

Inside the venue, ca. 1930-1945

Gulfstream Park introduced turf racing for the first time in 1959.

In 1952 the clubhouse was erected and a new addition was put on the grandstand. It also marked the first running of the Florida Derby. The following year, the Florida Derby became the first stakes in Florida with a $100,000 purse.

The 1955 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year Swaps set a then world-record of 1:39 3/5 for a mile and 70 yards while carrying 130 pounds in the Broward Handicap. The following year was just as exciting at Gulfstream when Gen. Duke equaled the world record of 1:46 4/5 in defeating Bold Ruler in the Florida Derby.

In 1959, a new era at Gulfstream began with the opening of its world-acclaimed turf course. In 1961, James Donn Jr. became president of Gulfstream. It also marked the construction of what was then the world's largest tote board.

Following the death of his father, James Donn Jr., Doug Donn was elected Gulfstream Park's president.

In 1961, James Donn Jr. succeeded his father as president of Gulfstream Park. In this year the Clubhouse was enlarged and the then-world's largest totalisator board was installed in the infield. A big break for Gulfstream Park came in 1972, when the track was awarded 'middle dates' for a 40-day January through April meet.

In 1980, Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero Jr. set a meeting record with 60 winners.

In 1982, the Grandstand was renovated with new architecture and in 1984 the renovation of the clubhouse was completed. In 1986, the renovation of the track was completed with the new Gulfdome, a domed dining terrace. In 1989 Gulfstream Park hosted the Breeders Cup for the first time (which it did again in 1992 and 1999).

Gulfstream played host its first Breeders' Cup World Championships in 1989, highlighted by the Classic match-up between Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence and Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer.[1] Gulfstream would host the Breeders' Cup again in 1992.

In 1990, the track was purchased by Bertram R. Firestone.

Jockey Julie Krone took the jockey's title in 1993 with 98 winners. In 1994, Holy Bull won the Florida Derby while, in 1995, Cigar won the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Handicap on his way to a perfect season. Meanwhile, '95 Florida Derby winner Thunder Gulch would go on to win the Kentucky Derby. Monarchos would repeat Thunder Gulch's feat in 2001.

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In 1994, a half interest in the track was sold to Nigashi Nihon.

The track was purchased by Magna Entertainment Corporation, in 1999 for $95 million.[2] In 2010, the ownership of the track was taken over by Magna parent MI Developments Inc. (MID). The track is currently owned by The Stronach Group since July 3, 2011.

Hal's Hope, winner of the 2000 Florida Derby, would return in 2002 to win the Gulfstream Park Handicap. The 2002 season was also highlighted by the first running of the popular Sunshine Millions, pitting Florida-breds vs. California-breds for purses totaling $3.6 million. Palm Meadows, Gulfstream's state-of-the-art training facility in Palm Beach County, was opened on Nov. 29, 2002.

Trainer Todd Pletcher started his unprecedented run of nine consecutive training titles in 2004.

Sunshine Millions Day, 2006

The track began a $130 million renovation of the grandstand and clubhouse in 2004 and slot machines were approved for the track in 2004. It now hosts all of the races in the series of races known as the Sunshine Millions.The series now consists of the:

In 2006, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey rode his last race aboard Silver Tree in the Sunshine Millions and the great Barbaro would win the Florida Derby before making headlines with his victory in the Kentucky Derby.

The renovation, first effective for the 2006 spring meeting, was heavily criticized by racegoers and commentators, who felt that the new racino laid its emphasis entirely on the casino part, destroying the racetrack's atmosphere.[3]

In June, 2011, Tim Ritvo was named President and General Manager of Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino. He was a prominent jockey and racing official at Suffolk Downs in the 1980s before establishing himself in the 1990s as a leading Florida trainer. Ritvo has also served as Vice President and Director of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association.[4]

In April, 2012, Javier Castellano, who collected his first Gulfstream title by riding a record 112 winners, scored his 3000th career success aboard Virtuously on Feb. 24 and Todd Pletcher, who claimed an unprecedented ninth consecutive training title at Gulfstream with 72 trips to the winner's circle, recorded his 3,000 career victory when he saddled Spring Hill Farm for a winning performance on Feb. 11.[5]

In 2012, Stronach Group named Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of its Racing Division[6]

March 2, 2020 Tim Ritvo stepped down as COO of Stronach Group operated tracks, which include the troubled Santa Anita racetrack in California. He left to “pursue other opportunities.”[7]

Stakes Races[edit]

Gulfstream Park is home to the following graded stakes: (listed by grade and then year inaugurated)
Grade I:

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  • Florida Derby (1952)
  • Pegasus World Cup (2017)
  • Pegasus World Cup Turf (2019)

Grade II:

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  • Fountain of Youth Stakes (1945)
  • Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes (1946)
  • Fort Lauderdale Stakes (1947)
  • Pan American Stakes (1962)
  • Gulfstream Park Oaks (1971)
  • Holy Bull Stakes (1972)
  • Inside Information Stakes (1976)
  • Princess Rooney Stakes (1985)
  • Davona Dale Stakes (1988)
  • Mac Diarmida Stakes (1995)

Grade III: (listed by grade and then year inaugurated)

  • Mr. Prospector Stakes (1946)
  • Suwannee River Stakes (1947)
  • Appleton Stakes (1952)
  • Orchid Stakes (1954)
  • Hutcheson Stakes (1955)
  • Canadian Turf Stakes (1967)
  • Tropical Turf Stakes (1972)
  • Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (1972)
  • W. L. McKnight Handicap (1973)
  • Rampart Stakes (1976)
  • Sugar Swirl Stakes (1981)
  • Forward Gal Stakes (1981)
  • Herecomesthebride Stakes (1984)
  • Smile Sprint Stakes (1984)
  • Fred W. Hooper Stakes (1985)
  • Honey Fox Stakes (1985)
  • Swale Stakes (1985)
  • Sweetest Chant Stakes (1986)
  • Palm Beach Stakes (1987)
  • Hal's Hope Stakes (1990)
  • Royal Delta Stakes (1991)
  • Hurricane Bertie Stakes (2001)
  • Marshua's River Stakes (2001)
  • Kitten's Joy Stakes (2012)

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Non-graded: (partial list, listed Alphabetically)

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  • Azalea Stakes (1972)
  • Carry Back Stakes (1975)
  • Dania Beach Stakes (2008)
  • Skip Away Handicap (1987)
  • Spectacular Bid Stakes (1986)
  • Gulfstream Park Stakes (inaugurated in 2012, Reveron first winner)

(FTBOA) Florida Sire stakes:

Pegasus Park[edit]

In September 2013 an expansion was announced beginning with the construction of a 110 feet bronze statue of Pegasus killing a dragon.[8] Construction began in March 2014 and finished on the statues themselves in December of that year with the surrounding rock features and fountains to be completed in late 2015. Underneath Pegasus will be a theatre and the dragon will breathe fire when completed. They are the world's largest equine and European dragon statues. Pegasus is also the second largest statue in the United States after the Statue of Liberty.

Track attributes[edit]

The current dirt course is one and one-eighth miles in circumference, with a one-mile backstretch chute. The turf course is one mile in circumference; depending on the race day, the portable rail can be moved to the inside or outside of the course, thereby changing the circumference. The track can seat 16,627 people.

The track originally had a one-mile dirt oval and a 7 furlong turf oval prior to the 2005 renovation.

On Opening Day, December 1, 2012, of Gulfstream Park's 2012-2013 meet, the track is hosting the 14th running of racing's Claiming Crown.[9] The Claiming Crown has become the most important event for horse racing's claiming runners, and Gulfstream Park is raising the purses for each individual race in honor of this.


Tiffany, a former teen pop star from the '80s, performed at Gulfstream Park in 2003.

Gulfstream Park has, in recent years, been a venue for concerts, with performances taking place on the grounds outside the grandstand. Reserved seats to the concerts are sold in advance, and others paying normal admission to the track may watch the concert in standing room. Various singers and groups who were popular in earlier times perform at Gulfstream as part of their tours. The track was also host to the Miami Pop Festival from December 28–30, 1968, featuring over thirty performing bands and artists, including the Grateful Dead.

TV Personalites[edit]

  • Gary Seibel (1991–1993)
  • Caton Bredar (1994–1999, 2010)
  • Jennifer Burke (1999–2002)
  • Joanne Jones (2003–2006)
  • Ron Nicolleti (2007–2009, 2011–present)
  • Rolly Hoyt (2007–2009)
  • Larry Collmus (2007–2016)
  • Travis Stone (2010)
  • Alyssa Ali (2010)
  • Jessica Pacheco (2011–2012)
  • Brian Skirka (2011-2013)
  • Christina Bossinakis (2012–present)
  • John DeSantis (2012-2013)
  • Pete Aiello (2013–present)
  • Gabby Gaudet (2015–present)
  • Andy Serling (2015-2016)
  • Acacia Courtney (2016– May 2020)
  • Jason Blewitt (2017–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Gulfstream Park Race Track Information'. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  2. ^Durso, Joseph (1999-07-07). 'HORSE RACING; Gulfstream Park Has Sale Agreement'. The New York Times. ISSN0362-4331.
  3. ^Andrew, Beyer (2006-01-17). 'Construction of New Gulfstream Park Points to Destruction'. Washington Post.
  4. ^'Ritvo Named Gulfstream Park President and General Manager'. 2011-07-25. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24.
  5. ^'Gulfstream Meeting Took Off Running and Kept Going'. 2012-04-08. Archived from the original on 2012-07-01.
  6. ^'Stronach Group Names Rogers President, Ritvo COO of Racing Division'. 2012-06-08. Archived from the original on 2015-01-29.
  7. ^'Group that owns Santa Anita dismisses its COO'. 2020-03-03. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  8. ^'Pegasus Park'. Archived from the original on 2015-01-20.
  9. ^'Claiming Crown Moves to Gulfstream'. 2012-03-13.

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