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Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park is a horse racing track in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It opened in 1939, at the 901 S Federal Hwy.

History of Gulfstream Park

1939 – Although Gulfstream Park opened in February 1939, it was closed after only four days of racing due to bankruptcy. 

1944 – James Donn Sr. reopened Gulfstream in 1944.

1952 – The Florida Derby (later became Grade 1 and an important part of the Kentucky Derby) was inaugurated, and a clubhouse was created. 

1955 – It introduced the Donn Handicap, now acknowledged as one of the nation’s most renowned events for older horses.

1959 – Gulfstream Park opened their first turf course

1961 – James Donn Jr. became president and created the world’s largest tote board in 1961.

1972 – Gulfstream park was awarded “middle dates” and allowed to expand its races from 20 days to 40 days running from January to April.

1986 – The entire track was enhanced, including a domed dining area called the Gulfdome.

1989 – Gulfstream Park Racetrack was selected to host the Breeders’ Cup for the first time. 

1990’s – Gulfstream Park changed ownership several times. It was purchased by Bertram and Diana Firestone in 1990, then acquired by Gulfstream Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Orient Corporation (USA), in 1991. In September 1999, Magna Entertainment Corporation (MEC) finally owned Gulfstream Park. 

2002 – The track opened its Thoroughbred training facility in Palm Beach County.

2006 – Magna opened its slot casino in 2006. 

2010 – the ownership of the track changed again and was acquired by Magna parent MI Developments Inc. (MID).

2011 – The track was purchased again by the Stronach Group on July 3, 2011, the current owner of the racetrack.

2017 – The Pegasus World Cup was introduced, earning the Grade 1 rating. It was later known as the Pegasus World Cup turf race when the purse amount was reduced to $7 million.

2022 – 1/ST EXPERIENCE in partnership with Breakwater Hospitality Group, founded the Carousel Club at Gulfstream Park. It is a 14,000-square-foot entertainment and hospitality hotspot featuring a carousel bar at Gulfstream Park trackside.

Pegasus and Dragon statue portrays a Pegasus beating a dragon in Gulfstream Park. It is 110-foot (34 m), the third-tallest statue in the United States after the Birth of the New World in Puerto Rico and the Statue of Liberty in New York

Track Details and other Facilities

Track Details

Gulfstream Park has three courses:

  1. 1 18-mile dirt track with a backstretch chute that allows for a one-turn mile
  2. One synthetic Tapeta track measuring one mile and seventy yards
  3. One seven-furlong turf course. 

 

Other Facilities

  • Aside from Thoroughbred racing, it also has the Gulfstream Park Casino that offers slots, VIP slots, and electronic table games. Every weekend, they also offer Live bands and DJs playing at the promotion stage in Level 2.
  • It also features Luxury Boxes outside the Level 2 restaurant, Ten Palms, which overlooks the 1 1/8 mile race track.

The inclusion of Luxury Boxes:

    • 🐎Clubhouse Access
    • 🐎Walk around tellers that come to your table
    • 🐎Dining in Ten Palms 
    • 🐎Close views of the racing action

 

  • Private suites are located on the level 3 and categorized into four, Luxury, White, Directors, and Presidential. 

Suites Inclusion:

    • 🐎Club House Access
    • 🐎Private Wagering Machine
    • 🐎Live Tellers on Suite Concourse
    • 🐎Accommodates 10-35 guests
    • 🐎Named Race

Major Events and Schedule

Gulfstream Park live racing and live streams features: 

  • 🐴Championship Meet (December – March
  • 🐴Royal Palm Meet (April – September)
  • 🐴Flamingo Festival Meet (October – November)
  • 🐴Pegasus World Cup

Gulfstream Park stakes races with the year inaugurated are the following.

Grade I:

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

Grade II:

  • 🐴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)

Location and Access to the Racecourse

Gulfstream Park is located at 901 South Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach, Florida, two miles east of I-95. Also situated between Fort Lauderdale and Miami International Airports and one mile from the Atlantic Ocean.

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