Palm Meadows

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Palm Meadows, a state-of-the-art training facility owned and operated byThe Stronach Group, is located on 304 beautifully landscaped acres just outside Boynton Beach, Fla., along Florida's Turnpike. 

Buildings and tracks:
In the stable area there are 40 barns. Each barn has 36 stalls (12'x12') and each stall floor has rubber mats. Every other stall is lined with rubber on the walls. Each barn has an office with its own private restroom, two tack rooms (12'x12'), a second restroom for staff, provisions for a washer, dryer and ice machine, and a storage loft for light equipment. Connecting the barns with the main track is a system of horse paths designed in such a way that a horse need never walk on pavement to access the track. There are also 20 40-foot wide sand rings for horses to roll in.
 
Training surfaces consist of a 1 1/8-mile main track (100' wide), a 7/8-mile turf track (176' wide) and a one-mile, L-shaped jogging track (80' wide), which borders the main track. The surfaces of the tracks are similar to that of Gulfstream Park.
For backside employees there are four three-story dorm buildings, each consisting of 52 rooms, each room with approximately 240 square feet of living space, air-conditioned or heated, with each room having a bathroom with a shower stall, two beds, storage locker. Each dorm building has a laundry room equipped with three washers and three dryers. In the courtyard border by the dorms are two sand volleyball courts and a patio area with benches and an area for barbeque grills. 
There is a three-story pavilion building, the first floor consisting of an employee lounge, a kitchen with a concession and a trainer's lounge. Each lounge has a men's and women's locker room. On the second and third floors there are 30 fully furnished, one-bedroom efficiency apartments for trainers and assistant trainers. Each room has approximately 480 square feet of living space. 
 
Stall Availability:
Stall applications may be obtained from Gulfstream Park or from the Gulfstream Park web site, www.gulfstreampark.com. All stall applications for the upcoming Gulfstream meet are to be submitted to Gulfstream Park’s racing office at 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009-7199 or faxed to (954) 457 6291, no later than the date indicated on the stall application.
 
Operations:
Training hours are from 6:15-10:45 am. with one harrow break at 8:15 am. 
The turf track is available for breezing only on Monday through Friday from 9:45-10:15. 
The starting gate is available Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9:30 am.
Free horse-shuttle transportation is available to Gulfstream Park on race days only.
All bedding (shavings and straw) are purchased through Palm Meadows from Standlee Hay only.
 
Directions:
I-95 to exit 57, Boynton Beach Blvd, go west
seven miles to Lyons Rd, turn right
one mile, Palm Meadows on right, enter at second entrance
Florida's Turnpike to exit 86, Boynton Beach Blvd, go west
one mile to Lyons Rd, turn right
one mile, Palm Meadows on right, enter at second entrance
 
Further inquiries:
Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center
8898 Lyons Road
Boynton Beach, Fla. 33472
Office: 561-731-3890
Fax: 561-731-3905
General Manager: Gary Van den Broek