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Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park is a horse-racing track in Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States It opened in 1971 at 901 S Federal Hwy.

History

It is located in Hallandale Beach, Florida, Gulfstream Park, which today also has a casino, a shopping mall, and dining options. It was formerly known as Calder Race Course. It was also formerly run as two consecutive meets: the summer race focusing on two-year-old and Florida-breds, then the more prestigious Tropical at Calder, marking the start of winter horse racing. The track was known for holding several marquee days, especially the Summit of Speed and Festival of the Sun.

Its story began when the real estate developer Stephen A. Calder foresaw summertime racing in Florida in the mid-1960s. In 1965, the Florida Legislature approved a bill, permitting the race. In 1970, Stephen Calder received a permit for summertime racing, but the meet was run at Tropical Park in Miami due to the incomplete construction at Calder. On May 6, 1971, Calder Race Course was inaugurated. In 1972, William L. McKnight became the new owner of Tropical Park and decided to close the track and switch the dates to the Calder track, of which he was one of the principal investors.

Renovations, expansions, and two purchases occurred during the 1980s. The first purchase was by Bertram R. Firestone, and the second was by Kawasaki Leasings, Inc. In 1992 the “Festival of the Sun” was introduced while simulcasting was introduced in 1997. In January 1999, Churchill Downs Incorporated purchased Calder Race Course, introducing the “Florida Million” and the “Summit of Speed”.

Calder’s Summit of Speed has produced several Breeders’ Cup champions and Eclipse Award winners since its start in 2000. The Eclipse award is the highest honor bestowed in American racing, while the Summit of Speed has attracted some of the country’s top sprinters, including Cajun Beat and Orientate, who both went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint championship races (Orientate 2002, Cajun Beat 2003).

In late 2009, Calder changed its official name to Calder Casino & Race Course, and opened Studz Poker Club, a 29-table card room situated in the Grandstand. The grand opening of the Calder Casino was in January 2010.

In 2014, Churchill Downs Incorporated and The Stronach Group (TSG) agreed for the TSG to operate and maintain the Calder race meet and training facilities through 2020. TSG renamed the Calder meet “Gulfstream Park West.”

In 2017, it introduced the Pegasus World Cup. The inaugural running offered a $12 million reward, the wealthiest horse race in the world that outmatched the Dubai World Cup.

Track Details

It has a one-mile main track made up of sand and clay. The turf course measures 7/8 mile with a quarter mile chute, composed primarily of Tifton Bermuda grass. The truck surface of Gulfstream with Conventional Dirt is 1 1/8 mile. The physical plant is 220 acres and can seat more than 12,000, and the backstretch can house 1,850 horses plus the receiving barn.

 

Events

In the fall, they operate a boutique meet known as the Fall Turf Festival. There are 20 stakes races held throughout the meet, including a pair of graded stakes races featuring some of the country’s top turf horses. In addition, the track hosts several big days, including Juvenile Showcase Day and Sunshine Millions Preview Day.

There is also a Tropical Turf Handicap, a Grade 3 event run at a mile, and a sixteenth on the turf. The race was inaugurated in 1979 and was originally run on Christmas Day as the Christmas Day Handicap. The race routinely attracts a quality group of turf horses and has been dominated by trainer Christophe Clement recently – he has saddled the winners in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

In addition, the My charmer Handicap is run at 1 mile and a sixteenth on the lawn. It was held towards the end of the turf festival at the end of November. Lastly, the Pulpit Stakes is restricted to two-year-olds and highlights the closing day of the Fall Turf Festival. It is contested at one mile on the turf as part of Juvenile Showcase Day, a day that features six stakes races for two-year-olds on both dirt and turf.

Aside from the Fall Turf Festival, it also holds a special preview day for the lucrative Sunshine Millions. It features eight stakes races, including the Sunshine Millions Classic Preview, which offers fans and horse riders an opportunity to prepare for Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream Park.

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