All-Sources Handle Up $32 Million
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park set records for total, average and all-sources handle during its 55-date summer meet, which concluded Saturday with the $1.3 million Florida Sire Stakes.
The dramatic improvement in the quality of racing during the summer meet was reflected in considerable handle increases on Gulfstream's racing product. The total live handle increased $34,163,271 to $243,162,958, signifying a 16.35 percent over 2014 figures.
The daily average handle during the summer meet swelled from $3,799,994 in 2014 to $4,421,144 this year for a 16 percent increase and a $621,150 daily boost.
The all-sources handle during the summer grew $32,062,231 to $316,252,302 for an 11-percent boost over 2014 figures. Gulfstream’s wagering menu during the summer was supported by an aggressively enhanced live-racing program that was highlighted by three legs of the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes and the return of the $1.175 million Summit of Speed, an exciting July 5th program that offered four graded stakes.
"The numbers prove there is tremendous potential for summer racing in Florida," said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park. "The support we received from horsemen was phenomenal. We continue seeing more trainers and owners keeping horses in Florida to run throughout the year, and we expect that number to increase next year. We are building one of the most robust 2-year-old programs in the country with the support of horsemen and breeders from around the country. We also continue working on our summer program, adding stakes races and special events that highlight Florida racing and Gulfstream's magnificent property.
"We believe there is room for significant growth in Florida racing during the summer, and we intend to continue to revitalize and invest in the future of racing in Florida."