Juveniles Go To Post At Gulfstream Park April 18
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park's second summer of racing, which kicks off April 11, will feature a robust 2-year-old program that will be highlighted by the lucrative $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes beginning Aug.
The first 2-year-old races of Gulfstream's spring/summer season are scheduled for Friday, April 18. There are currently more than 200 juveniles at Gulfstream and its satellite training facility Palm Meadows in Palm Beach County.
This will be the first year Gulfstream hosts the Florida Sire Stakes, formerly the Florida Stallion Stakes, as well as its first offering of a vigorous 2-year-old program. Maiden allowance races will have a base purse of $36,000 but the total purse could rise to $48,000 with Florida Owners' Awards ($7,000) and Florida Sire Stakes eligibility ($5,000).
Gulfstream's Vice President of Racing P.J. Campo is excited about this year's program and optimistic about its potential in coming years.
“This is a first for us, but if we’re going to have the Sire Stakes or any type of stakes program for two-year-olds we need to start breaking maidens in April,” Campo said. “I personally think without a good 2-year-old program you can’t move forward. So, hopefully, we can have Gulfstream running consecutively through the spring and summer and just build on winners and maidens and grow from there."
The Florida Sire Stakes schedule is as follows:
Aug 9: $100,000 Dr. Fager (colts)
$100,000 Desert Vixen (fillies)
Sept. 6: $250,000 Affirmed (colts)
$250,000 Susan's Girl (fillies)
Oct. 4 $350,000 In Reality (colts)
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$350,000 My Dear Girl (fillies)