New Standard Set in State-of-the-Art Facility
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park's Florida Derby Day, highlighted by eight stakes races and Materiality's victory in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1), set records for total handle and on-track handle.
Total handle wagered on Gulfstream's 14 race Derby program was $27.255 million, topping the previous mark set during last year's 14-race program of $26.820 million. Saturday's on-track handle of $3.302 million was a new standard in Gulfstream's new building, topping the previous on-track record set in 2013 of $3.196 million.
Saturday's total handle was the biggest in Gulfstream history other than Breeders' Cup days.
Gulfstream's state-of-the-art facility and Village were buzzing with excitement, starting Saturday morning with Breakfast at Gulfstream. A live concert after the Florida Derby in the walking ring, casino and poker action, and a dozen restaurants serving guests and bettors, complemented the record-setting racing action into Sunday morning.
"Gulfstream's staff and management want to thank our fans and guests for making Florida Derby 2015 such an incredible and memorable experience," said Gulfstream's General Manager and Vice President of Racing P.J. Campo. "None of this would be possible without our fans, many of whom parked off site as we continue to develop Gulfstream Park to grow the sport of Thoroughbred racing. We also want to thank the owners, trainers and jockeys, who continued to support Derby Day and our year-round program while building goodwill with our fans and guests.
"Our Chairman, Frank Stronach, is committed to making Gulfstream Park one of the world's most unique, year-round entertainment destinations. We will continue to build on that vision with world-class racing and distinctive events for the entire family with exceptional customer service."