Gulfstream unveils new behind-the-scenes fan experience

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Gulfstream Park has announced a new opportunity for racing fans to get a behind-the-scenes experience at the racetrack and also help raise money for Thoroughbred after-care.

The Gulfstream VIP Fan Experience will be available during three weeks this winter, and at $500 per couple, includes a tour of the backstretch, visits with clockers and handicappers and a race in the announcer’s booth among other things.  All proceeds will benefit the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program.

“The Gulfstream VIP Fan Experience is the equivalent of sitting in the dugout during a game at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium, sitting on the bench during a Lakers game, or standing on the sideline during the Super Bowl,” said Gulfstream’s president and general manager Timothy Ritvo.  “It’s also a fantastic opportunity to raise money and awareness for our after-care program and our wonderful equine athletes.”

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  • Ron Taylor

    This is a stupid idea as presented…..It should be free,do it all winter,and try to bring in some new fans without bleeding them dry….Gulfstream could write off any cost and try to build some good will at the same time…

  • Ryan Driscoll

    Over/Under on couples who sign up at $500 a pop. THREE.

  • Arizona Merve

    Over / Under wager……I’ll take the under.

  • Erick Weiss

    I will take the Under

  • Backontop

    Ron is correct! They just don’t get it, do they? Under for me also.

  • Nina

    I hope you all stay in whatever hell hole you live and leave us to enjoy Gulfstream.

  • Backontop

    Nina,
    I don’t think you get the point. This is a fine promotion but to hang a $500 price tag on it just plain misses the point.

    I arrange a full tour of the backstretch, evening at the Friday night races with concert after, seating and program with Hollywood Park annually for about 20 high school ballplayers and their families and HP does it for free. I think Hollywood Park gets the point.

    Please don’t say “who wants to go to HP”. Getting fans to the venue is the idea!

  • Ryan Driscoll

    I guess Nina is in at $500 boys. Under is in trouble. Nina, one of my very first jobs in racing back in 1989 was hosting a tour of the backside, jocks room, silks room…..It also included southern maid donuts. Price: Free. For that kind of money, you would need to throw in a row of golf with Bobby Neuman.

  • B Ryan

    Lone Star Park gets it. Every Saturday during the racing season they advertise on the radio, free Saturday morning breakfast (coffee, juice, danishes, breakfast burritos) and see the morning workouts, backstretch tour, see actual racehorses and talk to their trainers. While at breakfast three jockeys answer questions, sign autographs and kids take pictures with them afterwards. As you board the buses for the stable tour they give each person one free admission to the live races.

    Lone Star gets it!

    Oh by the way – probably 300 people attend

  • Backontop

    I would quit what I currently do on the backside for a PR job at Santa Anita or Hollywood Park. I guarantee I could double HP attendance within 3 years! I know that going from 50 to 100 people isn’t great, but it is double, lol!

  • Dave W

    I think you are all missing the point with this promotion. The intent is to raise money for the Thoroughbred After Care program, not to create new fan interest. If someone goes to a charity auction and buys a thoroughbred halter for $500, I hope you would understand that they are donating the money to a charity, not paying $500 for a $75 halter.

  • Arizona Merve

    A round of golf with “The Prince” is worth $500 easy. Just don’t let him use a tee or you’ll be looking for balls all day long.

  • Backontop

    Dave,
    The fact that they money is going to charity is a plus. Comparing this to sitting on the bench at a professional basketball or baseball game is just a joke. I’ll take the over for $500 per couple to a baseball game and be in line to sign up. When you’re on the bottom looking up, and racing is, you should be offering this type of promotion to companies as a bonus for executives meeting quotas and it should be free! Backstretch tours should be available to groups as often as possible. Behind the scenes tours should be available on a weekly or monthly basis. We are not the only game in town, we are a lonely game in town!

  • StaceyG

    This is purely to raise money and awareness for the After Care Program. GP indeed offers a breakfast during morning work outs complete with a host that is alot like how Saratoga did with Mary Ryan as host. Also, all you have to do is ask for a tour. I worked there and gave several personal tours to the backside. I am sure the promotion is just an enhanced version.

  • MH

    Yeah, there are obviously tracks that do something like this for free or much cheaper. More access for fans is a plus, but $500, charity or not, is way too high.

  • RDV

    Ron Taylor and Backontop have got it right!! They should offer this every racing weekend for FREE (kinda like Santa Anita already does with the Seabiscuit Tram Tour). Hollywood would do good to bring back the double-decker bus tour, too. If thre is one thing that gets most people interesed and excited about racing, it is the HORSE. There is no better way to expose people to this that getting them IN to see first hand what happens on the backside.
    Not only did Zenyatta bring in tons of new fans, but, think of how many people, who never would have had the chance to see the barn area otherwise, were invited in and allowed not only to see one of the greatest horses ever, but pet her, kiss her, get phots, etc. We’ve got lifetime fans now who may have never considered watching racing, save for the Derby, but now are very interested in racing. It’s a no-brainer here. GIVE the fans what they want – don’t charge hundreds of dollars for it.

  • THE ENFORCER

    THE GOAL TO RAI$E MONEY FOR THE FUND IS ADMIRABLE..

    HOWEVER THE SOUTH FLORIDA MARKET WILL DICTATE WHETHER THE PRICE OF $500 IS TOO HIGH..IF TOO FEW PEOPLE SIGN UP, THEN ELASTICITY OF DEMAND WOULD TAKE OVER..TO INCREASE TOTAL REVENUE, GP WOULD HAVE TO DECREASE THE PRICE SO THAT MORE OPPORTUNITIES(QUANTITY) COULD BE SOLD–THUS INCREASING THE TOTAL GIVEN TO THE FUND..

    SHOULDN’T GP HAVE STARTED OFF AT A MORE REASONABLE FIGURE SO THAT EXCITEMENT COULD BE CREATED SO THAT MORE DEMAND WOULD FOLLOW??..THE PRICE COULD BE RAISED LATER..

    NO CONSUMER, ESPECIALLY THE RACING CUSTOMER, LIKES TO BE GOUGED.. I HOPE IT WORKS FOR GP!!

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