A record $2.01 billion was wagered via Gulfstream Park in 2018, representing a $122.7 million increase over the previous record in 2017.
Live wagering was up from $1.632 billion to $1.750 billion despite two fewer days of racing.
Gulfstream's 2018 highlights included the second-running of the $16-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), won by Gun Runner, named Horse of the Year two days earlier at the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park. All-sources handle on the Pegasus was a then-record $41 million, a four-percent increase over the 2017 inaugural running.
The 67th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1), won by Audible, generated a total handle of $49.909 million, a single-day record handle.
“We're grateful for all the support we received in 2018 from fans and horsemen,” said Gulfstream's general manager Bill Badgett. “The quality of racing, the stars both human and equine who participated at Gulfstream were incredible. We continue to rebuild year-round racing in Florida with the help of breeders, owners and horsemen. While we're pleased with the record growth the past two years in handle, we believe there is room to continue growing. The Stronach Group's commitment to reinvigorate Thoroughbred racing is evident by its pursuit of improved customer service, relevant entertainment and fine dining.”
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