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Gulfstream Sets Handle Records
On-Track and All Sources Records Set During 2011-2012 Meet
On-Track Handle Tops $50 Million for First Time in New Facility
New Standards Set on Florida Derby Day Both On and Off Track
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park will end a memorable and remarkable 2011-2012 meet Sunday by setting records for on-track and all-sources handle in its new facility.
Total handle will be more than $673 million, up $80 million or 13 percent over last year’s previous record of $595 million. All sources average handle will be approximately $7.8 million, up from last year’s previous record of $7.5 million.
Meanwhile, Gulfstream’s on-track handle will surpass $50 million for the first time since the completion of its state-of-the-art facility in 2006. Going into Sunday’s final live program, on-track handle will be up approximately seven percent from last year’s previous record of $47 million.
Gulfstream’s meet was highlighted by single-day records March 31 on Florida Derby Day with a total handle of $26.7 million and an on-track record of $2.9 million.
Gulfstream also set a new record for the number of turf races run – 393 – topping the previous mark last year of 340. Meanwhile, average starters per race were 9.25.
“We’re thankful our fans, both locally and globally, as well as our horsemen, embraced our racing product as well as our historic early opening,” said Gulfstream President and General Manager Timothy Ritvo. “The records established this year both on and off track, as well as the new fans that came to our facility this year and returned again and again, support the vision of our Chairman, Mr. Frank Stronach. Meanwhile, Florida Derby Day was truly memorable and continues to be one of greatest days of racing in the world.
“While our horsemen put on a remarkable show each and every day, the management and staff continued its efforts to make customer service a priority while continuing to build strong relationships in the community at large. We’re also very proud of the work we continue doing in the Thoroughbred community, helping to raise money for The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program and Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund throughout the meet.
“We also want to thank the New York Racing Association for their cooperation in helping to coordinate post times to give racing fans an opportunity to see the finest racing in the world. We look forward to opening for the 2012-13 season Dec. 1 and hosting on opening day the Claiming Crown.”
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino is a multi-use entertainment facility and the premier destination of its kind in South Florida. Recognized for its world-class thoroughbred racing, Gulfstream Park is also home to more than 850 slot machines, high-stakes, no-limit poker, and the finest restaurants and shops at The Village at Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream’s world-championship, 2011 thoroughbred meet will run from Jan. 5 through April 24. For further information contact David.Joseph@gulfstreampark.com, or call 954.658.7156.