Gulfstream’s Spring & Summer Meet Produces Record Handle
Oct 6, 2017
Total Handle Up $46.9 Million with Five Fewer Days
Average Daily Handle Up 12.5 Percent
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
- Gulfstream Park announced today total handle for its summer and spring meets - highlighted by the Summit of Speed, Florida Sire Stakes and continued rejuvenation of its year-round racing program – was $603 million, an increase of $46.9 million over 2016 despite five fewer race days.
Total handle for 2017 was up nine percent from $556 million last year.
Daily average handle was $5.444 million, an increase of $639,678, or 12.5 percent, over 2016 when average handle was $4.801 million. Gulfstream raced 111 days this spring and summer compared to 116 in 2016.
This marks the third consecutive year total and daily handle has risen during Gulfstream’s spring and summer meets. In 2015, total handle was $490 million.
“It’s clear that Thoroughbred racing in Florida is being revitalized at Gulfstream Park by The Stronach Group as well as by the support of horsemen throughout North America and our great racing fans,” said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group. “We are now the third-most watched and wagered signal during the summer, and horsemen continue to see the benefits of racing year-round in South Florida. While we have done a lot these past three years, there’s still much to do and more to grow. We believe this is only the beginning. More horsemen have spoken to us about remaining in South Florida year-round or keeping a part of their stable at Gulfstream or our training center Palm Meadows. While we prepare for our Championship Meet beginning Dec. 2, we’re already looking at ways to improve our spring and summer race programs. We’re very excited about the future at Gulfstream Park.”
The meet was highlighted by Breeders’ Cup-bound Curlin’s Approval winning the Princess Rooney (G2), Imperial Hint winning the Smile Sprint (G3) and the Florida Sire Stakes crowning Soutache the victor of the $400,000 In Reality and Starship Bonita the winner of the $400,000 My Dear Girl. Tyler Gaffalione, the nation’s leading rider in total wins, swept the jockey title from Edgard Zayas and Emisael Jaramillo while Todd Pletcher and Victor Barboza won training titles.