Gulfstream Ready For Preakness 5.5 Party
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park, home to one of the country’s most luxurious simulcast centers, will be the place to be Saturday to watch Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom, Florida Derby (G1) winner Dialed In and a dozen others battle it out in the 136th Preakness Stakes (G1) from historic Pimlico.
It will also be the place where 10 lucky patrons will each win a $200 wager on the race.
Animal Kingdom will be favored to win the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown off his impressive victory May 7 in the Kentucky Derby. Meanwhile, Florida Derby winner Dialed In could make history with a victory. The Nick Zito-trained colt is eligible for the Preakness 5.5 bonus, an historic and unique bonus established by MI Developments Inc that awards $5.5 million to any horse who wins a series of races, including Gulfstream’s Florida Derby and Holy Bull (G3).
Gulfstream’s Silks Simulcast room will open Saturday at 9:45 a.m. First race post at Pimlico is 10:45 a.m.
Gulfstream will offer several specials and giveaways on Preakness day, including:
• A drawing after the 10th race to award 10 patrons each a $200 win bet on the Preakness. Entry cards will be available in Silks.
• A free Preakness 5.5 hat to those purchasing a $10 Silks television carrel.
• A $25 sports buffet (wings, sliders, fries, etc..) in the Sport of Kings room.
• Selections by Ron Nicoletti’s on the Preakness card.
• Advance wagering offered Friday in Silks on the Preakness.
Gulfstream and its satellite training facility Palm Meadows continues to be the winter home of champions. Three of the top four finishers in the Kentucky Derby – Animal Kingdom, third-place finisher Mucho Macho Man and fourth-place finisher and Florida Derby runnerup Shackleford – all raced at Gulfstream and trained at Gulfstream or Palm Meadows. Dialed In also spent the winter training at Palm Meadows.
Other Gulfstream alumni expected to compete in the Preakness include Flashpoint, winner of the Hutcheson (G2) and fourth in the Florida Derby, and Dance City, who broke his maiden Jan. 21 at Gulfstream and followed up with an allowance victory over the track March 9.