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Stronach 5 Returns $2,916 To 37 Bettors On Friday

Thirty-seven bettors walked away with $2,916.90 each for selecting the correct winners in Friday’s Stronach 5. The national pick 5 with an industry-low 12-percent takeout featured three races from Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet and two from Laurel Park. The lowest price winner in the five-race sequence was $8.20 – coming in the last leg at […]

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Hernandez ‘Off To A Good Start’ In First Winter At Gulfstream Park

His standing among the riding elite in the Midwest cemented by a banner 2018 season, Brian Hernandez Jr. has ventured to Gulfstream Park to test his abundant skills against the world’s best jockeys on a daily basis during his first Championship Meet. The 33-year-old journeyman, who has ridden the winners of 1882 races and more […]

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Claiming Crown Handle Up 14 Percent To Kick Off Gulfstream’s Championship Meet

Gulfstream Park opened its 2018-2019 Championship Meet with a record handle on the 20th edition of the Claiming Crown. Total handle on the 11-race program was $13.612 million, smashing the previous Claiming Crown record set last year of $11.925 million, or 14 percent. Handle on the Claiming Crown has grown every year since Gulfstream starting […]

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Gulfstream Opens Championship Meet On Saturday With Renovated Turf Course

Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet, which includes the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, Florida Derby (G1), Eclipse Awards, Claiming Crown and Clasico Internacional del Caribe, begins Saturday, Dec. 1 with a renovated turf course. The $1 million renovations on the 180-foot course began over the summer, according to Gulfstream General Manager Bill Badgett. […]

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Pletcher, Saez Earn Repeat Titles At Gulfstream’s Championship Meet

Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Luis Saez successfully defended their respective titles, easily outdistancing their peers during the 2017-2018 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park. Entering Sunday’s final card of the Championship Meet, Pletcher had saddled 67 winners, including Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) hero Audible, to claim an unprecedented 15th straight trainer’s title. “We’ve been blessed. To sustain […]

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Castellano Hopes To ‘Stretch’ Career For 10 More Years In The Saddle

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano marked his final day of riding during the 2017-2018 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park with a pair of winners Friday, giving him 54 winners from 263 starters. Castellano is scheduled to ride Givemeaminit in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds and Imperial Hint in Sunday’s $100,000 Horse Races Now Sprint at Tampa Bay […]

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Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Builds To $3.1 Million For Wednesday Program

For the 31th consecutive program Sunday at Gulfstream Park, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved to push the jackpot carryover to $3,102.399.48 for Wednesday’s program. A total of $641,541 was wagered into the popular-multi-race wager, adding to a carryover of $2,946,550.06 from Saturday’s program.  Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $30,870. The Rainbow 6 was last hit Jan. 28, when the […]

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Fountain Of Youth Day Sets Record Handle Of $28.5 Million

Gulfstream Park’s 72nd Fountain of Youth Day – featuring nine stakes and highlighted by Promises Fulfilled’s victory in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) – handled a record $28,541,305. Total handle on the 14-race program was up 6.92 percent from the previous record set last year when a 13-race program produced a total handle of […]

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Irad Ortiz ‘Enjoying The Moment’ With Four Consecutive Winners Saturday

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., spending his first full winter in South Florida, rode the winner of four straight races on Saturday, capped by Economic Model’s triumph in the $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3). Ortiz began his streak aboard Ousby ($8.60) in Gulfstream Park’s ninth race, and followed with wins on Penalty ($29.80) in the 10th and Uncle B […]

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