HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park has more than three months remaining before its Championship Meet, but it's already preparing for its winter season.
Stall applications for the Championship Meet are due by Sept. 10 and can be found clicking right here. Meanwhile, renovations to Gulfstream's vast turf course have been going on for several months while the outside of the course is used for summer racing.
Since the opening of its Championship Meet last December, Gulfstream had run 760 races on its 180-foot course with an average of 9.5 starters per race through Aug. 23. With 12 different lanes available on its turf course, Gulfstream has been renovating the inside of the course - 96 feet - for several months while running as many as five races a day on the rest of the course over several different lanes.
Turf superintendent Glenn Ferguson has vertically cut the course, resurfaced and aerated the inside. By the time the inside of the course is used on Dec. 5, Opening Day of the Championship Meet, the inside of the course will not have been run on in seven months. When racing moves to Gulfstream Park West in October, Ferguson will vertical cut, resurface and aerate the outside of the course.
"The entire crew that works on the turf course has done a tremendous job with all the traffic on the course and the amount of races we have thrown at them," said Gulfstream's General Manager and The Stronach Group's Vice President of Racing P.J. Campo. "Along with all the work they're doing at Gulfstream, the crew is also preparing the turf course at Gulfstream Park West for our October opening."
Gulfstream's summer schedule culminates Oct. 3 with the $1.75 million finals of the Florida Sire Stakes. Racing moves to Gulfstream Park West Oct. 7. Gulfstream will remain open for simulcast wagering throughout October and November.