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Palm Meadows Officially Opens For 2011 Season
November 1, 2010
PALM MEADOWS OFFICIALLY OPENS FOR 2011 SEASON
Todd Pletcher And Tom Albertrani Stables First To Send Horses
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fl – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino welcomed its first vanloads of horses today at Palm Meadows after receiving a record number of stall applications for its 2011 meet, which runs from Jan. 5 through April 24.
The racing office received more than 4,000 applications for its 2,300 stalls at Gulfstream and Palm Meadows. In all, 135 trainers will be based at Gulfstream’s facilities to run for more than $30 million in purses, including more than $7.5 million in stakes races.
“The response from horsemen for stalls for our upcoming season has been overwhelming,” said Gulfstream President and GM Steve Calabro. “There’s a real excitement building toward our meet. With the increase in purses, the bonus programs conceived by MI Developments Inc., and the variety of horses and horsemen that will be stabled with us, we’re confident it’s going to be an exciting and memorable winter of world-class racing.”
Palm Meadows, the winter home of five of the last eight Kentucky Derby winners, will once again be the winter home of the some of the top stables in the world. Todd Pletcher, who’s won Gulfstream’s training title a record seven consecutive years and has 11 horses pre-entered for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, had eight horses ship in to Palm Meadows Monday while Tom Albertrani, who trained 2006 champion 3-year-old Bernardini, had 11 horses from his stable arrive at the Palm Beach County facility.
Others trainers returning to race in South Florida include Nick Zito, who saddled Ice Box to victory in last year’s Florida Derby, Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor, Michael Matz, trainer of 2006 Florida and Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, Richard Dutrow, trainer of 2008 Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, James Jerkins, Dale Romans, Graham Motion and Chad Brown.
Trainers who were not stabled at Gulfstream or Palm Meadows last season but will race in South Florida this winter include Saeed bin Suroor, Bob Hess Jr., Dominic Galluscio, Lisa Lewis, Ben Perkins Jr., and Skip Einhorn.
“It’s great to have everyone returning from last year and also having so many new faces to race at Gulfstream this winter,” said Timothy Ritvo, VP, East Coast Racing for MI Developments Inc. “Obviously, we’re excited about the quality of racing we’re going to have, especially with our rich, 3-year-old programs and the Preakness 5.5 and Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 bonus programs. We’re also very excited we can accommodate the quality of horsemen for all levels of racing.”
Palm Meadows will not only play host to some of the sport’s current champions and Derby prospects, but it will also host March 3 the world-renowned Fasig-Tipton Selected 2-year-olds In Training Sale. The under-tack show will be Feb. 28.
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 954.457.6451.