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Gulfstream and Palm Meadows Open Stable Areas
HALLANDALEBEACH, Fl – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino and its state-of-the-art satellite training center Palm Meadows opened its stable areas Wednesday, taking in the first horses that will race during the 2011-2012 meeting which begins December 3.
Approximately 60 horses arrived at the two facilities over the course of the morning. Eight horses trained by Cam Gambolati were the first to arrive at Gulfstream shortly after 7:30 a.m. Gambolati’s shippers included Soaring Empire, winner of Gulfstream’s Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) last winter. Trainer Nick Canani arrived shortly after Gambolati with 26 horses.
At Palm Meadows, the winter home of five of the last six Kentucky Derby (G1) winners, vans arrived with horses trained by Tom Albertrani, Jason Servis and Todd Pletcher, who will be attempting to win his ninth consecutive trainer’s title at Gulfstream. Horses trained by Kiaran McLaughlin were scheduled to arrive Thursday.
“It was a great to see the first horses shipping in and it also served as a reminder that we’re only 45 days away from our historic December 3 opening,” said Gulfstream President and General Manager Timothy Ritvo.
“Based on our record number of stall applications and the quality of horses and horsemen shipping in to Gulfstream and Palm Meadows, we’re expecting an exciting meet,” Ritvo added. “We can’t wait to get started and provide our fans the best racing anywhere in the world from December 3 through April 8.”
Tracks will open for training Thursday at Palm Meadows and Friday at Gulfstream.