Gulfstream To Resume Live Racing Saturday; Facility To Open For Simulcasting Wednesday

by | 09.11.2017 | 11:14am
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Gulfstream Park announced Monday it would resume live racing Saturday, Sept. 16, and that its facility would be open for simulcasting Wednesday.

Training will resume at Gulfstream, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Tuesday morning.

Assessing the facility Monday morning in the wake of Hurricane Irma, P.J. Campo, Gulfstream's General Manager and Vice President of Racing, said Gulfstream fared “very well” during the pounding South Florida took the past two days.

“First of all, people and horses are always our first priorities, and everyone is safe,” Campo said. “The horses are all well, and those who work on the backstretch and live in our dormitories are all safe. Over the past two years, we have taken precautions to help our facility by installing a flood retaining wall and pump stations, and they worked. The stables were not flooded.

Except for some minor damage to roof shingles on our older barns, we're ready to go. We are waiting until Saturday to resume racing because we have to wait for outside resources and utilities in the South Florida area like power, gas and clean-up to catch up.”

Gulfstream will do a double draw Wednesday for its Saturday and Sunday programs.

  • Shyanne Rasmussen

    Good to know everyone there is alright.

  • Minneola

    So glad that these newer structures took into account all of the factors including wind and ocean surge; and, that the horses and the workers, that remained, are safe. I don’t know how many Floridians will be thinking about racing, so soon, since most may be still putting their homes and lives back to normal. However, most of the country may enjoy watching these races as well as that it may signal that things are coming back to “normal.” By the way, does anyone know how the other tracks in the state fared? The breeding farms?

  • disqus_VDMOBiuPfw

    Congratulations to Florida on outlasting Hurricane Irma and coming out of it much less scathed than predicted, although much is left to be done. I realized this weekend how much I care about this state, far from where I live, but a winter and vacation home to many people I know. Florida has so many deservedly iconic places, all of them were impacted and many shown on TV being hit by Hurricane Irma. I was struck by what good leadership they have down there, at least in crisis management, from the governor to the mayors, and the government employees that make it all happen in these situations.

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