Gulfstream Park is Setting Records
Two-Day Handle $70 Million, Three-Day Handle $81 Million
Record-Setting $41.9 Million Handle on Pegasus World Cup Day
Sunday’s Total Handle $28 Million
Miami’s Gulfstream Park is bringing new interest and new money to the sport by offering some spectacular racing, the innovative Stronach Group his continuing to to build the American racing industry.
“This weekend shows what fans should come to expect from The Stronach Group, not only in world-class racing and life-changing wagers, but in entertainment, fashion and food,” said Gulfstream General Manager Bill Badgett. “We had some incredible moments from our athletes on the track this weekend and some remarkable feedback from those attending the weekend program. We will continue to challenge ourselves to engage the public, support horsemen, and create memorable moments.”
Gulfstream Park established new standards for total weekend wagering when all-sources handle on Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational Day and Sunday’s mandatory Rainbow 6 payout program totaled $70.062 million.
Total handle on Gulfstream’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday programs totaled a record $81.186 million.
Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the richest horse race in the world won by Horse of the Year Gun Runner, was the highlight of a 12-race program. The all-sources handle of $41,983,881 was the largest single-day handle in Gulfstream’s 79-year history excluding Breeders’ Cup Days.
Sunday’s 12-race program produced a total handle of $28.079 million with $15.788 million wagered on the 20-cent Rainbow 6.
The previous record for a two-program handle was set Florida Derby (G1) Weekend of last year when total wagering was $48.792 million, more than $8 million over 2016 figures.
Since 1939, Gulfstream Park has been one of the most important venues for horse racing in the country. Some of the world’s top thoroughbred contenders pass through Gulfstream Park with their eye on Triple Crown glory. Gulfstream Park is located at 901 South Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach, Florida, just two miles east of I-95 and is open seven days a week. Ideally located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami International Airports and just one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, this vast entertainment destination offers up countless things to do. In addition to thoroughbred racing, Gulfstream Park offers over 800 Vegas-style slot machines and South Florida’s finest poker room with over 20 live action tables.
Anchored by the legendary Gulfstream Park racetrack, The Village at Gulfstream Park is South Florida’s premier home design, dining, shopping and entertainment destination. The open air mall includes a plethora of signature home stores, an international array of restaurants, world-class art galleries, a bowling alley, outdoor cafes and nightclubs, fashion boutiques, and health and beauty services. Throughout the year, locals and tourists alike can spend the day enjoying an assortment of events including live music, kid-friendly activities, and in-store classes and workshops. The entire property consists of multiple venues perfect for corporate and special events as well as weddings and bridal parties with plenty of bridal and gift registry options available. Valet service and complimentary self-parking is available.
Gulfstream Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.