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Gulfstream Park: Lakow To Take Over As VP Of Racing Operations

The Stronach Group announced today that Mike Lakow has been appointed Vice President of Racing Operations at Gulfstream Park. Lakow brings extensive knowledge and experience to Gulfstream Park and its world-renowned racing program in all facets of the industry.  Most recently he served as Racing Secretary for the New York Racing Association at Saratoga Race […]

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‘Widely Respected’ Florida Trainer Monte Thomas Dies After Battle With Cancer

The horse racing world lost a good one yesterday, when long-time Florida trainer Monte Thomas passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Thomas befriended and trained for my father over the last four years, although living on across the country we were never able to all meet face to face. It doesn’t feel that […]

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Longtime Florida Trainer Rene Mendez Dies At 84

Former Florida-based trainer Rene E. Mendez passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was 84 years old. Mendez, a Cuban-born jockey in the 1950s, later was an exercise rider for a number of East Coast trainers in the 1960s before becoming a trainer himself in 1975. With his wife Janet Mendez […]

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Gulfstream Park Calls Off Sunday, Monday Races Due To Hurricane Dorian

Gulfstream Park announced today it has cancelled its live racing programs for Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2 as Hurricane Dorian approaches the east coast of Florida. Gulfstream also announced its entire facility – including the Casino at Gulfstream and The Village at Gulfstream Park – will be closed beginning midnight on Saturday, Aug. […]

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Gulfstream Park Championship Meet: September Deadline Set For Stall Applications

Stall applications for Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet, which begins Saturday, Nov. 30 are due by Friday, Sept. 6. Stall applications can be found at: http://www.gulfstreampark.com/docs/default-source/stall-application/winter-stall-application.pdf?sfvrsn=6 Gulfstream’s Championship Meet will play host to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series (G1), $1 million Florida Derby (G1), $1.1 million Claiming Crown, $400,000 Fountain of Youth […]

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Summit Of Speed Returns At Gulfstream, Features Breeders’ Cup ‘Win And You’re In’

There has never been a shortage of searing heat in South Florida summers. At one time, though, sizzle was lacking. At least when it came to summer racing. No track understood that better at one time than Calder Race Course, which once held the summer dates for decades.  “It was kind of dead,” said former […]

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Liza Jane Stakes Kicks Off Twilight Racing Season At Gulfstream Park

Just Ain’t Right will have the opportunity in Friday’s $75,000 Liza Jane at Gulfstream Park to prove his new owners were right in purchasing the daughter of Yes It’s True after her most recent start. Just Ain’t Right, who won two of three career starts for seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, was purchased for […]

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Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Pool Likely To Reach $1 Million For Thursday

Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 is expected to top $1 million Thursday as the 20-cent wager will have a carryover of $817,189.50. Entering Thursday’s 10-race program, the Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 21 consecutive racing days. The Rainbow 6 kicks off Thursday with the fifth race, a 7 ½ furlong turf event for fillies and mares. […]

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Expanded Voided Claim, Shockwave Rules Take Effect In Florida Thursday

The FHBPA Board of Directors approved an amended Voiding a Claim Rule at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West beginning with races on Thursday April 18, 2019. The previous rule involved fatalities on the track and horses that were vanned off. The new expanded rule allows a successful claimant to request the voiding of a […]

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Gulfstream Park: Juvenile Racing Takes Center Stage During Spring/Summer Meet

The juvenile racing season kicks off at Gulfstream Park Thursday, when eight fillies are scheduled to contest a $65,000 maiden special weight dash at 4 ½ furlongs.. Marva, a daughter of Iqbaal, is likely to vie for favoritism on the strength of trainer Wesley Ward’s celebrated prowess with juveniles and a sharp three-furlong breeze from […]

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