Gulfstream Improvements Nearing Completion
November 10, 2010
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fl – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today heavy construction has been completed to install two hydraulic water pumps in the stable area to prevent possible flooding.
Gulfstream also announced structural repairs to a number of barn roofs are also nearing completion. The cost of the pumps and repairs will be in excess of $500,000 and will be completed before Gulfstream’s 2011 meet, which runs from Jan. 5 through April 24.
The improvements have been in development since December of 2009 when 11 inches of rain fell at Gulfstream in 15 hours causing flooding in the stable area and parking lots.
“The health and safety of our horsemen and equine athletes are always of great concern to us,” said Steve Calabro, President and GM of Gulfstream. “These latest improvements to the stable area will alleviate flooding and provide a healthier environment for our horses, horsemen and employees.”
Jeffrey Gooch, Gulfstream’s director of operations, said the two, 24” electric hydraulic water pumps will be controlled by a float system that will activate the pumps when the lake level rises to a design elevation of 2.8” during a rain storm. “The pumps will keep the lake level at a lower elevation which in turn will allow the parking lots and barn area to drain more quickly to the lake and minimize any potential flooding,” Gooch said.
Gooch added work on the barns will include structural repairs, waterproofing and applying an elastomeric roof coating to minimize leaks.