Gulfstream Smashes Handle Records For Third Consecutive Season

Gulfstream Smashes Handle Records For Third Consecutive Season


Gulfstream Park will end its meet Friday setting records in both total handle and on-track handle for the third consecutive meet.

Gulfstream's total handle will be approximately $769 million, up nine percent from $673 million in 2011-2012. Meanwhile, on-track handle will be approximately $63 million, up 22 percent from 2011-2012 when on-track handle surpassed the $50 million mark for the first time in Gulfstream's new facility.

"We're thankful to our fans and the horsemen for making our 2012-2013 meet such a success," said Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo. "Our guests continue to provide us with meaningful feedback on everything from our facility to food and beverage to the racing program. They are invaluable to our continued success and they are the economic engine that drives the entire sport. We look forward to their input as we strive to build Florida Thoroughbred racing and continue to make customer service a priority.

"Once again, the horsemen and jockeys put on a tremendous show. Starting with the Claiming Crown Dec. 1 to the record-setting Florida Derby March 30 to the Rainbow 6 payout on closing day, they were the main attraction and provided us with world-class racing. We look forward to building on our relationship.

"The vision of our Chairman, Mr. Frank Stronach, is to build Thoroughbred racing and continue making Gulfstream a year-round destination. In the next three months, we will work toward that goal and toward our first season of summer racing beginning July 1."