April Handle Up 85 Percent; Field Size Up During Championship and Summer Meets
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s total handle and field size not only increased during its Championship Meet but total handle during the first month of its summer meet has increased 85 percent over the previous year.
Gulfstream’s total handle for its Championship Meet was $704 million, up two percent from last year when total handle was $691 million. The Championship Meet also had an increase in field size from 8.4 during its 2013-2014 meet to 9.5 this winter.
Gulfstream established new standards for Florida Derby day and weekend in March. Total handle on Florida Derby Day was $27.2 million, up from $26.8 million the previous year, while the total weekend handle of $37.2 million exceeded the previous record set last year of $36 million.
A new standard was also established in the new building with a record on-track Florida Derby Day handle of $3.3 million.
Since the conclusion of the Championship Meet, Gulfstream’s total handle and field size continue to grow over the previous year.
For the month of April, Gulfstream’s total handle was $101.632 million, up $54.819 million or 85.39 percent from last year. Meanwhile, field size in April went up from 7.5 to 8.4.
“Gulfstream’s Championship Meet was a huge success,” said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park. “Not only was total handle up but the Florida Derby continues to grow into one of Florida’s biggest weekend events. Of course, none of this would be possible without our great fans and our partnership with the horsemen.”
Campo said he’s pleased with the increase in total handle and field size during the first month of the summer, and is looking forward to what will be Gulfstream’s most successful summer meet with a $4.7 million stakes schedule.
“There’s so much more happening at Gulfstream this summer than ever before,” Campo said. “We are looking forward to reestablishing the $1 million Summit of Speed with two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win & You’re In races in the Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint. We’ve also established a $900,000 Sire Stakes series for 3-year-olds to go along with the $2 million Sire Stakes for juveniles. This is exactly why we signed our agreement with Churchill Downs last year to run year-round and operate Gulfstream Park West. We want to build Florida racing.
“Gulfstream Park and The Stronach Group is committed to Thoroughbred racing in Florida and once again establishing Florida’s summer Thoroughbred program as one of the best in the country.”