Watch and Wager on History at Gulfstream
In the words of Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another, "Bring it on."
O'Neill, like the rest of the world, is anxiously awaiting June 9 and the Belmont Stakes. That's when I'll Have Another will attempt to do something no horse has done since Affirmed in 1978 - win the Triple Crown and become only the 12th horse to do so.
Since Affirmed's victory, 11 Derby and Preakness winners have come up short in the demanding 1 1/2 mile Belmont, including Sunday Silence, Silver Charm, Spectacular Bid, Alysheba, Real Quiet, Big Brown, Smarty Jones and Funny Cide.
Be part of history June 9 by watching and wagering on I'll Have Another's historic attempt at history at Gulfstream Park. The most comfortable and luxurious pari-mutuel facility in Florida, Gulfstream will play host to Florida's biggest Belmont Party.
It's the only place to be part of history.
Gulfstream's Belmont Party will include a drawing for two for a Breeders' Cup weekend, including round-trip airfare to California, a three-night hotel stay and tickets to Breeders' Cup weekend at Santa Anita. There will also be 10 drawings for $100 win, place and show wagers on the Belmont for GP Advantage Club members. If you're not a member, sign up through June 9.
Get a commemorative $20 I'll Have Another bottomless beer mug from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reserve your table in Ten Palms for a $25 Belmont Buffet by calling 954.455.6760. Reserve a seat in the Silks Simulcast room for $5 or $10 by calling 954.457.6201.
I'll Have Another will once again be tested in the Belmont. This time he'll likely be opposed by Fountain of Youth winner Union Rags, who skipped the Preakness after trouble-filled trips in the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby.
Dullahan, who also skipped the Preakness after a third-place finish in the Derby, will be fresh and ready for the Belmont as will Mark Valeski, an impressive winner of the Peter Pan Stakes.
Paynter, who won a race on the Preakness undercard impressively with a 106 Beyer speed figure, is also being pointed toward the Belmont. The horse is trained by Bob Baffert, who saddled Bodemeister to second place finishes behind I'll Have Another in the Derby and Preakness. Baffert has been denied the Triple Crown at Belmont three times with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).