Total handle for the three Sire Stakes programs at Gulfstream - held Aug. 8, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3 - was $22.8 million compared to $20.2 million in 2014. The daily average handle on the three Saturdays went from $6.7 million to $7.6 million.
Total wagering on Gulfstream's product on-track over the three Sire Stakes was up 9 percent while total handle on Gulfstream's product was up 12 percent.
Gulfstream showcased the Sire Stakes throughout the summer, and on each Saturday played host to the Summer Soiree, featuring gourmet tastings in Ten Palms, Gulfstream's signature restaurant. Saturday's Summer Soiree - Beer, Bourbon & Burgers- was sold out.
"We're extremely pleased with the Florida Sire Stakes and its success this summer at Gulfstream Park," said The Stronach Group's Vice President of Racing and Gulfstream's General Manager P.J. Campo. "The Florida breeders and horsemen did a tremendous job supporting the Sire Stakes program. We continue working with the breeders and horsemen to revitalize summer racing in Florida. We also continue to bring new fans to showcase our summer season through events like this year's Summer Soiree, which attracted some 500 guests Saturday. We will continue showcasing Florida racing throughout the year and we look forward to continuing our great relationship with the Florida breeders."
Saturday's Sire Stakes finale was highlighted by victories from Jacks or Better Farm's Fellowship in the $500,000 In Reality and Coffeepot Stables' Flora Dora in the $500,000 My Dear Girl.
Racing resumes at Gulfstream Park West Wednesday with a 1:15 p.m. first race post time.