Gulfstream Ready For Big Weekend

Gulfstream Ready For Big Weekend

01/23/2011

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park will be the focus of the racing world Jan. 29-30 when it plays host to the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3), the first major prep on the road to the Triple Crown, the $200,000 Forward Gal for 3-year-old fillies, and the ninth edition of the $1.8 million Sunshine Millions.

Those attending the races at Gulfstream Jan. 29 will receive a Sunshine Millions cap when purchasing any seat in the Silks Simulcast room or second-floor outdoor grandstand. Fans will also have a chance that day to win DVD and posters of the Disney movie ‘SECRETARIAT.’ They will also have a chance to meet Otto Thorwarth, who played jockey Ron Turcotte in the movie, and Kate Chenery Tweedy, author of ‘Secretariat’s Meadow.’

The first 100 fans to pay for breakfast at ‘Breakfast At Gulfstream’ will receive a free SECRETARIAT movie poster. ‘Breakfast At Gulfstream runs every Saturday from 7-10 a.m.

Post time for the first race at Gulfstream is 12:55 p.m. Gulfstream offers free parking and free admission.

The weekend kicks off Saturday with the $1.8 million Sunshine Millions, a series of six races run at Gulfstream and Santa Anita featuring the country’s top Florida and California bred horses. Gulfstream and Santa Anita will each play host to three races, with Gulfstream running the $500,000 Classic, $300,000 Filly & Mare Turf, and $200,000 Filly & Mare Sprint.

On Sunday, Gulfstream will host two major stakes. Many of the country’s top Triple Crown contenders will go to post in the one mile Holy Bull, and the country top 3-year-old fillies will race in the seven furlong Forward Gal.

The Holy Bull will not only be the first major test for 3-year-olds with aspirations of running the April 3 Florida Derby (G1) and May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1), but it will also kick off the sport’s unique Preakness 5.5 bonus program.

Conceived by Frank Stronach, chairman of MI Developments, Inc., parent company of Gulfstream, the Preakness 5.5 awards $5.5 million to the owner and trainer of any horse who wins a series of races, culminating with the May 21 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico. To earn the bonus, a horse must first win either the Holy Bull or Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream; the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields; or the Robert Lewis (G2) or San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita. Those qualifiers must then win either the $1 million Florida Derby or Santa Anita Derby (G1) before going on to win the Preakness.

The Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 awards $2.2 million to the owner and trainer of any 3-year-old filly who wins a series of races, culminating with the May 20 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at Pimlico. To earn the bonus, a filly must first win the Forward Gal and Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream; the Las Virgenes (G1) and Santa Anita Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita; the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Oaks; or the Portland Meadows Oaks and Santa Anita Oaks. Those qualifiers must then win the April 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) before going on to win the Black-Eyed Susan.