Gulfstream Park Race Track

racetracks > Gulfstream Park


Gulfstream Park Racetrack

  • Dates: Dec. 2, 2017 - Apr. 1, 2018
  • Gulfstream Park Racing Schedule:
  • Post Times: 11:35am ET on Saturday, June 9 - Belmont Stakes Day 3:00pm ET on Fridays, June 29; July 6 and 13

Main track (dirt): 1 1/8 mile oval
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 898 feet
Composition: 85.5% sand, 14.5% clay
Width of stretch: 90 feet

Turf: 1 mile, inside turf track
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 990 feet
Composition: Sandy loam, 75% sand, 25% clay, and Celebration Bermuda grass is grown directly into the base.

Gulfstream Park Stakes Schedule

9-Dec-17 2-Dec-17 16-Dec-17 23-Dec-17
Stakes/ Distance- Surface / Condition Stakes/ Distance- Surface / Condition
 
JEWEL (CLAIMING CROWN)
BUFFALO MAN RAMPART (GIII) MR PROSPECTOR (GIII)
Distance: 1 1/8m Dirt 3&up
Distance: 6F Dirt 2yo Distance: 1m Dirt 3&up F&M Distance: 7F Dirt 3&up
Purse: $200,000 Purse: $75,000 Purse: $100,000 Purse: $100,000
       
TIARA (CLAIMING CROWN)
HOUSE PARTY HARLAN’S HOLIDAY (GIII) 30-Dec-17
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 3&up F&M
Distance: 6F Dirt 2yo F Distance: 1 1/16m Dirt 3&up H ALLEN JERKENS
Purse: $125,000 Purse: $75,000 Purse: $100,000 Distance: 2m Turf 3&up
      Purse: $100,000
EMERALD (CLAIMING CROWN)
SMOOTH AIR SUGAR SWIRL (GIII)  
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 3&up
Distance: 1m Dirt 2yo Distance: 6F Dirt 3&up F&M VIA BORGHESE
Purse: $125,000 Purse: $75,000 Purse: $100,000
Distance: 1 3/16m Turf 3&up F&M
      Purse: $75,000
IRON HORSE (CLAIMING CROWN)
HUT HUT TROPICAL TURF (GIII)  
Distance: 1 1/16m Dirt 3&up
Distance: 1m Dirt 2yo F Distance: 1m Turf 3&up TROPICAL PARK DERBY
Purse: $110,000 Purse: $75,000 Purse: $100,000 Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 3yo
      Purse: $75,000
EXPRESS (CLAIMING CROWN)
PULPIT MY CHARMER (GIII)  
Distance: 6F Dirt 3&up Distance: 1m Turf 2yo Distance: 1m Turf 3&up F&M TROPICAL PARK OAKS
Purse: $110,000 Purse: $75,000 Purse: $100,000 Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 3yo F
      Purse: $75,000
GLASS SLIPPER (CLAIMING CROWN)
WAIT A WHILE    
Distance: 1m Dirt 3&up F&M
Distance: 1m Turf 2yo F    
Purse: $110,000 Purse: $75,000    
       
RAPID TRANSIT (CLAIMING CROWN)
CARIBBEAN CLASSIC    
Distance: 7F Dirt 3&up Distance: 1 1/8m Dirt 3yo    
Purse: $110,000 Purse: $300,000    
       
CANTERBURY (CLAIMING CROWN)
CONFRATERNITY CARIBBEAN CUP  
Distance: 5F Turf 3&up Distance: 1 1/4m Dirt 3&up  
Purse: $110,000 Purse: $100,000    
       
DISTAFF DASH (CLAIMING CROWN)
INVITATIONAL CUP FOR IMPORTED
 
Distance: 5F Turf 3&up F&M
Distance: 1 1/4m Dirt 3&up  
Purse: $110,000 Purse: $60,000    
       
  LADY CARIBBEAN CUP    
  Distance: 1 1/16m Dirt 3yo F  
  Purse: $25,000    
       
  CARIBBEAN CUP SPEED    
  Distance: 6F Dirt 3&up    
  Purse: $25,000    
       
       
6-Jan-18 13-Jan-18 20-Jan-18 27-Jan-18
MUCHO MACHO MAN FORT LAUDERDALE (GII) SUNSHINE MILLIONS CLASSIC PEGASUS WORLD CUP (GI)
Distance: 1m Dirt 3yo Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 4&up Distance: 1 1/8m Dirt 4&up Distance: 1 1/8m Dirt 4&up
Purse: $100,000 Purse: $200,000 Purse: $200,000 Purse: $16,000,000
       
KITTEN’S JOY MARSHUA’S RIVER (GIII) SUNSHINE MILLIONS TURF FRED HOOPER (GIII)
Distance: 7 1/2F Turf 3yo
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 4&up F&M
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 4&up Distance: 1m Dirt 4&up
Purse: $100,000 Purse: $150,000 Purse: $150,000 Purse: $125,000
       
GINGER BREW SKIP AWAY (GIII) SUNSHINE MILLIONS F&M TURF W.L. MCKNIGHT (GIII)
Distance: 7 1/2F Turf 3yo F
Distance: 1 1/8m Dirt 4&up
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 4&up F&M
Distance: 1 1/2m Turf 4&up
Purse: $100,000 Purse: $100,000 Purse: $150,000 Purse: $200,000
       
LIMEHOUSE   SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT LA PREVOYANTE (GIII)
Distance: 6F Dirt 3yo*   Distance: 6F Dirt 4&up
Distance: 1 1/2m Turf 4&up F&M
Purse: $75,000   Purse: $100,000 Purse: $200,000
       
GLITTER WOMAN     HURRICANE BERTIE (GIII)
Distance: 6F Dirt 3yo* F     Distance: 7F Dirt 4&up F&M
Purse: $75,000     Purse: $125,000
*Non-Winners of Sweepstakes
   
      LADIES’ TURF SPRINT
      Distance: 5F Turf 4&up F&M
      Purse: $125,000
       
     
GULFSTREAM PARK TURF SPRINT
      Distance: 5F Turf 4&up
      Purse: $125,000
       
      SOUTH BEACH
     
Distance: 7 1/2F Turf 4&up F&M
      Purse: $125,000
       
3-Feb-18 10-Feb-18 17-Feb-18 19-Feb-18
HOLY BULL (GII) GULFSTREAM PARK TURF (GI) OLD HICKORY ROYAL DELTA (GII)
Distance: 1 1/16m Dirt 3yo
Distance: 1 1/8m Turf 4&up Distance: 1 1/16m Dirt 4&up Distance: 1m Dirt 4&up F&M
Purse: $350,000 Purse: $300,000 Purse: $60,000 Purse: $200,000
       
FORWARD GAL (GII) SUWANNEE RIVER (GIII) RAIL SPLITTER 24-Feb-18
Distance: 7F Dirt 3yo F Distance: 1 1/8m Turf 4&up F&M Distance: 6 1/2F Dirt 4&up HAL'S HOPE (GIII)
Purse: $200,000 Purse: $150,000 Purse: $60,000 Distance: 1m Dirt 4&up
      Purse: $100,000
SWALE (GII)   OLD MAN ELOQUENT  
Distance: 7F Dirt 3yo   Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 4&up TEXAS GLITTER
Purse: $200,000   Purse: $60,000 Distance: 5F Turf 3yo
      Purse: $75,000
SWEETEST CHANT (GIII)   MARY TODD  
Distance: 1m Turf 3yo F  
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 4&up F&M
MELODY OF COLORS
Purse: $100,000   Purse: $60,000 Distance: 5F Turf 3yo F
      Purse: $75,000
DANIA BEACH (GIII)   AMERICAN FABIUS  
Distance: 1m Turf 3yo   Distance: 7F Dirt 3yo  
Purse: $100,000   Purse: $60,000  
       
    QUEEN MOTHER  
    Distance: 7 F Dirt 3yo F  
    Purse: $60,000  
       
    SAGE OF MONTICELLO  
    Distance: 7 1/2F Turf 3yo  
    Purse: $60,000  
       
    MRS. PRESIDENTRESS  
    Distance: 7 1/2F Turf 3yo F
    Purse: $60,000  
       
    LADY BIRD  
    Distance: 7F Dirt 4&up F&M
    Purse: $5o,000  
       
    ROUGH AND READY  
    Distance: 1m Dirt 4&up  
    Purse: $50,000  
       
    TRUST BUSTER  
    Distance: 6F Dirt 4&up  
    Purse: $50,000  
       
    LITTLE MAGICIAN  
    Distance: 1m Turf 4&up  
    Purse: $50,000  
       
3-Mar-18 10-Mar-18 31-Mar-18  
XPRESSBET.COM CAPTIVA ISLAND XPRESSBET.COM  
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (GII)
Distance: 5F Turf 4&up F&M FLORIDA DERBY (GI)  
Distance: 1 1/16m Dirt 3yo
Purse: $75,000 Distance: 1 1/8m Dirt 3yo  
Purse: $400,000   Purse: $1,000,000  
  SILKS RUN    
DAVONA DALE (GII) Distance: 5F Turf 4&up HARDACRE MILE (GII)  
Distance: 1m Dirt 3yo F Purse: $75,000 Distance: 1m Dirt 4&up  
Purse: $200,000   Purse: $300,000  
  17-Mar-18    
MAC DIARMIDA (GII) INSIDE INFORMATION (GII) GULFSTREAM PARK OAKS (GII)
Distance: 1 3/8m Turf 4&up
Distance: 7F Dirt 4&up F&M Distance: 1 1/16m Dirt 3yo F
Purse: $200,000 Purse: $200,000 Purse: $250,000  
       
VERY ONE (GIII) 24-Mar-18 HONEY FOX (GII)  
Distance: 1 3/16m Turf 4&up F&M
HUTCHESON (GIII) Distance: 1m Turf 4&up F&M
Purse: $150,000 Distance: 6F Dirt 3yo Purse: $250,000  
  Purse: $100,000    
CANADIAN TURF (GIII)   PAN AMERICAN (GII)  
Distance: 1m Turf 4&up ANY LIMIT Distance: 1 1/2m Turf 4&up
Purse: $150,000 Distance: 6F Dirt 3yo F Purse: $250,000  
  Purse: $75,000    
PALM BEACH (GIII)   CUTLER BAY  
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 3yo
Distance: 1m Turf 3yo  
Purse: $100,000   Purse: $125,000  
       
HERECOMESTHEBRIDE (GIII)
SANIBEL ISLAND  
Distance: 1 1/16m Turf 3yo F
Distance: 1m Turf 3yo F  
Purse: $100,000   Purse: $125,000  
       
GULFSTREAM PARK SPRINT (GIII)
   
Distance: 6 1/2F Dirt 4&up F
   
Purse: $100,000      
       
SAND SPRINGS      
Distance: 1m Turf 4&up F&M
   
Purse: $100,000      


Gulfstream Park Racetrack Facts:

Gulfstream Park first opened on Feb. 1, 1939, hosting a four-day meet that attracted a crowd of more than 18,000 people who wagered $220,000. John C. Horning, a building contractor, was the chief stockholder.

In December 1944, the track was re-opened by James Donn for a 20-day meet with an average crowd of 4,500. The average handle in wagering was $281,000. This success brought the Gulfstream Handicap to the track in 1946 and the Florida Derby in 1952, as well as the building of a clubhouse and the expansion of grandstand seating. In 1961, James Donn was succeeded by his son, James Donn Jr., who became president of Gulfstream Park Racetrack.

This change also brought an enlarged grandstand and the installation of the world's largest totalisator board in the infield. In ensuing years, a new media box was built, the paddock was enlarged and completely renovated, the stable capacity expanded, and a new odds board unveiled.

By 1981, Gulfstream was the first Florida track to break the $100-million wagering mark with a state record of $103,531,722 for the 50-day winter season. The para-mutuel record wagering was also set in this season, reaching $4,090,109. In 1982, a multimillion-dollar facility improvement began and would last for the rest of the decade.

In the '90s, milestones continued at Gulfstream as the Donn Handicap played host to Cigar, one of the all-time greatest race horses. Gulfstream Park broke records in wagering handle, in excess of $825.3 million during its 89-day season in 2003.

Gulfstream Park Racetrack commenced a $130-million renovation that brings modernization to the clubhouse and grandstand, and the installation of slot machines. The elaborate renovation also adds a 1 1/8-mile dirt oval and 1-mile turf oval.

Gulfstream Park Information

Gulfstream Park, located in the Miami-area community of Hallandale Beach, is the premier winter racing venue on the East Coast. It regularly attracts the top stables from New York, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Canada during the first quarter of the year.

The track first opened in 1939, but it was not until the Donn family purchased Gulfstream in the mid-1940s that the track began operating on sound financial footing. Through 1971 it held the so-called “late dates” among the three Miami tracks, racing roughly 45 days in March and April.

After various court challenges, Gulfstream was awarded the “prime dates” (mid-January through early March) for the first time in 1972. It alternated hosting these dates with Hialeah until 1988, when Gulfstream took permanent possession of them.

The racing season at Gulfstream has expanded greatly in the past quarter-century. While the prime season, now called the “Championship Meet,” runs from December through March, Gulfstream now hosts racing at least 10 months out of the year.

Since the early 1950s, Gulfstream’s signature race has been the Florida Derby, one of the key preps for the Triple Crown. The 1 1/8-mile event is now run five weeks before the Kentucky Derby. Other preps leading up to the Florida Derby are the Fountain of Youth and the Holy Bull.

The Gulfstream Park Handicap was once the track’s leading stakes for older horses, but has been supplanted in prestige by the Donn Handicap, a nine-furlong event held in early February. It is generally the first Grade 1 event of the year for four-year-olds-and up.

After several changes in ownership during the 1990s, Gulfstream was purchased in 1999 by an entity operated by Frank Stronach, who continues to head the track.

Gulfstream’s look and identity changed in the first decade of the 21st century when the track and its facilities were completely overhauled and redesigned. The main track was expanded from a mile to nine furlongs, and the turf course was widened to enable racing over multiple lanes.

The grandstand itself was torn down and re-built to a smaller scale. In line with Stronach’s vision of making Gulfstream an entertainment destination, the facility now houses a casino, shopping mall, and various restaurants and nightclubs.

The Breeders’ Cup was held at Gulfstream in 1989, 1992, 1999, most famously hosting the fourth and final showdown between Hall of Famers Sunday Silence and Easy Goer in the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Since the track’s facilities were downsized, it has not been widely viewed as future Breeders’ Cup host site.

Grass racing was introduced at Gulfstream in 1959, and the track now hosts approximately 17 graded stakes on the expansive course at various distances for horses of all ages. The premier grass event is the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, a nine-furlong event typically run on the same day as the Donn.

Other major events held at Gulfstream include the Sunshine Millions and the Claiming Crown, a lucrative series of starter allowances that attract the best claiming performers from around the country.

$100 Sign Up Bonus
Log In
My Twinspires
Quick Links