Gulfstream Ready to Rock the New Year
Gulfstream Park will be the hub of South Florida entertainment beginning Monday evening with a New Year's Eve party, non-stop casino and poker action, and a New Year's Day Thoroughbred program with four stakes races highlighted by the country's first Derby.
Gulfstream has adjusted its racing schedule slightly this week to make this a memorable, family-friendly New Year.
Gulfstream, usually dark for live racing on Monday and Tuesday, will be dark this week on Monday and Wednesday. A special New Year's Day program will be run Tuesday with a 10-race program restricted to 3-year-olds. The card will include four stakes races including the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby, the official beginning of the country's road to the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby.
Gulfstream's New Year's Day program will also include the 32nd-running of the $100,000 Old Hat (G3) with multiple graded-stakes winner Kauai Katie. The other stakes will be the $100,000 Spectacular Bid and $75,000 Ginger Brew, a 1 1/16-mile turf event with 14 going to post.
Gulfstream will kick off the party Monday, New Year's Eve, at 7 p.m. with a free party in its celebrated walking ring. There will a live band, disc jockey, free giveaways, free party favors and a free champagne toast at midnight. When the clock strikes midnight, there will be a spectacular laser light show in the walking ring.
Along with festivities in the walking ring, Gulfstream's unique New England style restaurant, The Fountain Club, which overlooks the walking ring, will be open for dining while Sport of Kings will also open for a New Year's Party from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with free admission and free champagne for ladies.
Meanwhile, Gulfstream's Village will be awash in holiday lights with restaurants and shops celebrating the New Year as well.
"Gulfstream is South Florida's most unique entertainment destination and it will truly shine New Year's Eve and New Year's Day," said Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo. "Along with all the shops and restaurants in the Village, Gulfstream will offer family-friendly entertainment in our walking ring and a more couples-orientated party in the Sport of Kings."