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Gulfstream Opens Stable Area For 2011 Season
November 9, 2010
GULFSTREAM WELCOMES FIRST ARRIVALS FOR 2011 SEASON
Track Opens Thursday For Training, 56 Days Until Racing
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fl – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino opened its stable area Tuesday to thoroughbreds and horsemen who will race at its world-class meet beginning Jan. 5. The first horses to arrive were from the stables of trainers Timothy Hills and Wesley Ward.
As many as seven of last weekend’s 14 Breeders’ Cup champions will be stabled at Gulfstream or its satellite training facility, Palm Meadows, in Boynton Beach. They include Juvenile winner and early Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo, Juvenile Fillies winner Awesome Feather, Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real, and Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account.
Gulfstream’s 79-day meet will be filled with world-class racing, champion thoroughbreds, Hall of Fame horsemen and 32 graded-stakes races and more than $30 million in purses.
The $1 million Florida Derby, a Grade I event for 3-year-olds that has produced 39 horses who have won 54 Triple Crown events, will serve as Gulfstream’s signature event April 3 and the climax of Florida Derby Festival Weekend.
Major prep races for the Florida Derby – the Jan. 30 Holy Bull and Feb. 26 Fountain of Youth – will have purses increased to a total of $1.8 million. Both races as well as the Florida Derby will be part of the Preakness 5.5, the historic and unique bonus created by MI Developments Inc., parent company of Gulfstream Park, which could award $5.5 million to the winning owner and trainer of the May 21 Preakness Stakes.
Gulfstream’s major 3-year-old filly races – the Jan. 30 Forward Gal, Feb. 26 Davona Dale and April 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks – will have purses increased to a total of $750,000. The three races are also part of the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2, MI Developments Inc., bonus program which could award $2.2 million to the winning owner and trainer of the May 20 Black-Eyed Susan.
Gulfstream starts the season Jan. 5 with the 30th running of the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes and follows up with four, $100,000 graded-stakes races the first weekend. On Jan. 8, the Hal’s Hope and Spectacular Bid will be contested, and on Jan. 9 the Fort Lauderdale and Marshua’s River.