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Racing at Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Reports Record Wagering In 2016; Handle Increases 13 Percent

Gulfstream Park announced today a record $1.774 billion was wagered via Gulfstream Park in 2016, a 9-percent increase over the previous record of $1.625 billion in 2015. Gulfstream also announced a record $1.508 billion was wagered on its live races in 2016, a 13-percent increase from the previous record of $1.338 billion in 2015. Gulfstream’s […]

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Mucho Macho Man in his Sunshine Millions Classic victory in 2014.
Florida: $300,000 Purse Cut For Sunshine Millions Series

The Sunshine Millions card, to be held the same weekend as the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park, has had its purses cut from $900,000 to $600,000 in 2017, reports the Daily Racing Form. Four of the event’s five races will now be worth $100,000 apiece, with the Sunshine Millions Classic down to $200,000. “Usually, the […]

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Claiming Crown Handle Rises To Record $11 Million At Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park’s total handle on Saturday’s Opening Day program for the Championship Meet, highlighted by the 18th edition of the Claiming Crown, was a record $11.115 million. The previous record Claiming Crown handle of $10.362 million was set last year, also on Gulfstream’s Opening Day program. Handle has risen all five years that Gulfstream has […]

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A string of horses at Gulfstream Park, seen in Marcus Vitali's tack, were listed as being trained by Allan Hunter
Vitali Barred From Entry Box At Tampa Bay Downs, Hunter Ordered To Vacate Gulfstream Barn Area

Two months after he was ruled off at Gulfstream Park, trainer Marcus Vitali will not be permitted to enter horses at Tampa Bay Downs, according to track officials there. Vitali had entered Silver Wraith, a 3-year-old maiden in the track’s fourth race on the Nov. 26 opening day card and was an also-eligible. On Saturday […]

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Gulfstream Park West turf course
Unscathed By Hurricane, Gulfstream Park West Meet Kicks Off Saturday

The 2016 Fall Turf Festival at Gulfstream Park West is scheduled to get under way Saturday, having emerged unscathed from the threat of Hurricane Matthew that had prompted a three-day postponement. Sister facilities Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL and Palm Meadows Training Center in Palm Beach County were also unaffected by the hurricane. Horses […]

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Racing Cancelled Wednesday Through Friday At Gulfstream Park West

Gulfstream Park announced today that racing at Gulfstream Park West has been cancelled Wednesday through Friday due to Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane watches and warnings were posted for parts of South Florida Tuesday morning and Florida was placed under a state of emergency. “The safety of our fans, horses, jockeys, horsemen and employees is our top […]

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Allan Hunter with former Marcus Vitali-trained runner Jive Daddy, owned by Crossed Sabres Farm and Mary Beth Reis, after Aug. 20 maiden claiming victory
Gulfstream: Hunter ‘Has Proven That He Is The Trainer’ Of 12 Former Vitali Horses

Trainer Allan Hunter has been approved by Gulfstream Park officials to keep 12 horses in his care, reports drf.com, following allegations that he had been operating as a “program trainer” for the suspended Marcus Vitali. Two weeks ago, a Paulick Report article by Natalie Voss shed light on the licensing questions surrounding Vitali, who had […]

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Gulfstream Park’s Summer Handle Up 14 Percent In 2016

Gulfstream Park’s summer meet – highlighted by full fields and a rejuvenated 2-year-old program – had a total handle of $556.9 million, an increase of $66.9 million over 2015. The $556.9 million represented a 14-percent increase over the 2015 handle of $490 million. Daily average handle from April 4 to Oct. 1 was nearly $5 […]

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Three Rules (Gone Astray) wins his fifth race in a row in the third leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series
Florida Sire Stakes Series Handle Up 40 Percent Overall

Gulfstream Park’s total handle on the third and final leg of the Florida Sire Stakes Saturday was up 53 percent while betting on the three-race series registered a 41 percent increase over 2015. Saturday’s final Sire Stakes card had a total handle Saturday of $9.4 million compared to $6.1 million in 2015. The three leg […]

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Ralph Ziadie
Kirk Ziadie Banned, Father Ralph Under Scrutiny By Gulfstream Park Officials

Trainer Kirk Ziadie, who is licensed by the state of Florida while his six-year suspension for 21 medication violations is under appeal, has been denied access to any grounds controlled by The Stronach Group, the company’s chief operating officer Tim Ritvo said on Thursday. Ritvo said Ziadie’s father, Ralph Ziadie, “has to show proof that […]

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