Florida-breds will be bringing home the big purse money on Sept. 29 at Gulfstream Park with $1 million dollars in purses ($950,000) and bonuses ($50,000) offered across five stakes races on the day's card.
Powered by the two finals of the nationally acclaimed Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds in the $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl and the $400,000 FSS In Reality, the day will also feature the inaugural running of the $150,000 FTBOA FSS Wildcat Heir for 3-year-olds and older going a mile. Additionally, the $75,000 Monroe Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on grass and the $75,000 Hollywood Beach for 2-year-old sprinters on grass will both offer for the first time $25,000 in Florida-bred bonus money paid over the top three places.
“We are really excited to put together and offer such a major day of Florida-bred racing at Gulfstream this year. To put on such a big day of racing at one of North America's most popular tracks is a big win for our breeders, stallion operations, owners, the track, trainers and fans,” said FTBOA CEO Lonny Powell. “We also want to thank Gulfstream and the FHBPA for their all-important partnership with us on our signature FSS races for our 2-year-olds. Two-year-olds are the backbone of our industry in the Sunshine State as well as during the Summer meet at Gulfstream. Over the past several years, our FSS finals on this day have been so popular as to rank as the top, or near the very top, for this meet. With the new race and economic additions to this day this year, it should be an outstanding day for everyone involved. For those who are in Ocala from all over the racing world, this week for the [Ocala Breeders' Sales Company] sale, you will want to heavily consider purchasing FSS-eligible 2 year-olds in order to compete for the big money this Summer at Gulfstream as well as 3-year-old racing at Tampa during their next race meet.”
The five stakes with Florida-bred money on the day are:
1. The $400,000 FSS In Reality for 2-year-old registered Florida-bred colts or gelding who are sired by FSS eligible stallions at 1 1/16 miles.
2. The $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl for 2-year-old registered Florida-bred fillies who are sired by FSS eligible stallions at 1 1/16 miles.
3. The $150,000 FTBOA FSS Wildcat Heir Stakes for 3-year-olds and older registered Florida-breds who are sired by FSS eligible stallion at one mile.
4. The $75,000 (Plus $25,000 Florida-bred bonus) Monroe Stakes for 3-year-olds and older going 1 1/16 miles on turf.
5. The $75,000 (Plus $25,000 Florida-bred bonus) Hollywood Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds going five furlongs on turf.
The FSS series for 2-year-olds begins Aug. 4 with the running of the $100,000 Dr. Fager for colts and geldings at six furlongs and the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies at six furlongs. They are followed by the Sept. 1 running of the $200,000 Affirmed for colts and geldings at seven furlongs and the $200,000 Susan's Girl for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. The meet also offers $5,000 bonuses for FSS-eligible, 2-year-old winners in designated maiden special weight races throughout the meet.
Additionally, $25,000 FSS “Win” bonuses will be offered on the $75,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs and the $75,000 Azalea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, both during the Summit of Speed on June 30.
Two other stakes restricted to Florida-breds recently received $25,000 FSS “Win” bonuses in the $100,000 Benny the Bull Stakes on Aug. 25 and the $100,000 Sheer Drama Stakes on Sept. 8. The Benny the Bull will be open to Florida-bred 3-year-olds and older at seven furlongs while the Sheer Drama is for Florida-bred fillies and mares, 3-years old and older at seven furlongs.
There will also be $5,000 FSS Win bonuses offered on selected overnight races on the FTBOA FSS undercards on Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.
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