Influx of New Stables to Enhance Gulfstream’s Spring and Summer Program
Apr 3, 2017
Trainers Bourgeois, Bennett, Faucheux & Jayaraman Moving to Gulfstream
Robust 2-Year-Old Program Begins April 18-19
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Although the 2016-2017 Championship Meet has concluded – highlighted by the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) and the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) – Thoroughbred action will continue uninterrupted at Gulfstream Park through the spring and summer months.
An influx of new stables and holdover Championship Meet stables for the 2017 spring/summer racing program, slated to get under way Wednesday, will serve to further enhance the highly successful year-round program established by Gulfstream Park four years ago.
While Todd Pletcher, who clinched an unprecedented 14th consecutive Championship Meet title and his record fourth Florida Derby, and Chad Brown, the 2016 Eclipse Award-winning trainer, are planning to participate at Gulfstream through April, the barn areas at Gulfstream, Gulfstream Park West, and Palm Meadows Training Center are receiving new arrivals.
A strong contingent from Fair Grounds includes trainers Keith Bourgeois (40 stalls), Ron Faucheux (20), and Kathy Mordenti (15). K.K. Jayaraman (25) is venturing to Gulfstream for the first time from Oaklawn Park. Gerald Bennett, the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs, has been allotted 50 stalls at Gulfstream.
Mark Casse, Michael Maker, Wesley Ward, Chuck Simon, Jena Antonucci, Patrick Biancone, Eric Guillot, Carlo Vaccarezza, and Michelle Nihei will continue to have a year-round presence at Gulfstream Park, while Armando De la Cerda, who maintained a 20-percent winning percentage during the Championship Meet while venturing to Gulfstream for the first time, has committed to the spring/summer program with a stable of 30.
New Jersey mainstays Joe Orseno, Eddie Broome, Tim Hills and Terry Pompey will participate year-round.
Gulfstream Park will maintain its five-day weekly schedule through May before scheduling four-day weeks through September. Special programs have been scheduled for Memorial Day (May 29), July 4th and Labor Day (Sept. 4).
Once again, the spring and summer program will be highlighted in part by a robust 2-year-old program with approximately 150 races planned. There will be 10 2-year-old stakes - two Florida-breds preferred - worth $1.75 million.
Six of Gulfstream’s 29 stakes will be restricted to Florida-breds and four others Florida-breds preferred.
The Summit of Speed and the Florida Sire Stakes series for Florida-sired 2-year-olds will highlight the spring/summer stakes schedule.
The $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3), a pair of Breeders’ Cup Challenge ‘Win and You’re In’ races, will be featured on Summit of Speed Day July 1, along with the Carry Back (G3) Azalea, Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, Kiss a Native and Brave Raj.
The $100,000 Dr. Fager and the $100,000 Desert Vixen will kick off the Florida Sire Stakes Series Aug. 5 and will be followed by the $200,000 Affirmed and $200,000 Susan’s Girl Sept. 2 and the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl Sept. 30.
Swale (G2) runner-up Three Rules registered a series sweep last year.
Gulfstream will also host a number of events throughout the spring and summer including the Spring Extravaganza Friday, April 14, Summer Soirees, and a free July 4 party.