Inaugural Event to Feature Eight Stakes Races for Florida-breds
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park announced today the creation of the Sunshine Millions Preview Day, featuring eight stakes races for Florida-breds with total purses of $1 million.
The Sunshine Millions Preview Day will take place for the first time at Gulfstream on Saturday, Nov. 9 and will serve as a prep for the $1.3 million Sunshine Millions, to be held Saturday, Jan. 18.
The eight races comprising the Sunshine Millions Preview Day are:
$150,000 Millions Classic Preview: 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles
$150,000 Millions Distaff Preview: 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/16 miles
$125,000 Millions Turf Preview, 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles
$125,000 Millions Filly & Mare Turf Preview, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/16 miles
$125,000 Juvenile Sprint, 2-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs
$125,000 Juvenile Filly Sprint, 2-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs
$100,000 Juvenile Turf, 2-year-olds, one mile
$100,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf, 2-year-old fillies, one mile
"We would like to thank the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association (FTBOA) and Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) for working with us to put on another great day of racing," said Gulfstream Park President Tim Ritvo. "We believe the Sunshine Millions Preview Day is another step in strengthening our summer program. We look forward to developing more series like this to showcase Florida-breds and continue making them a prominent part of our program."
Earlier this month, Gulfstream announced it would host the Florida Sire Stakes beginning in 2014. The Florida Sire Stakes is a series of six races for 2-year-olds sired by nominated Florida stallions.
"The Florida breeders and owners are excited to see the creation of a brand new day like this Sunshine Millions Preview Day on the Gulfstream calendar that will feature eight races," said Lonny Powell, CEO of the FTBOA. "It's great for our racing and breeding industry. We thank Gulfstream and the FHBPA for coming together on this day and including our state-breds in such a prominent and lucrative fashion."
Kent Stirling, executive director of the FHBPA, said, "The horsemen are happy the newly named Sunshine Millions Preview Day will remain a million-dollar day for Florida-breds."
Ten weeks after the Sunshine Millions Preview, Gulfstream will play host to the 12th edition of the Sunshine Millions. The day's races will serve as a precursor to the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards. Thoroughbred racing's awards ceremony will be held for the second consecutive year in Gulfstream's Sport of Kings.
Previous winners of the Sunshine Millions eight races have included Eclipse Award winners Awesome Feather, Miesque's Approval and Ginger Punch, as well as Mucho Macho Man, Lava Man, Little Mike and Shake You Down.
GULFSTREAM PARK is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets.The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at [email protected] or call 954.457.6451.