Palm Meadows The Winter Home Of Another Kentucky Derby Winner
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – When Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom won the 137th Kentucky Derby (G1) Saturday at Churchill Downs, he became the fifth horse in the last six years to win the Triple Crown event after wintering at Gulfstream’s state-of-the-art training facility Palm Meadows.
Six of the last nine Kentucky Derby winners have now wintered at Palm Meadows: Animal Kingdom (2011), Super Saver (2010), Big Brown (2008), Street Sense (2007), Barbaro (2006) and Funny Cide (2003).
Trained by Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom shipped into Palm Meadows on Dec. 23. The chestnut colt had several works at Palm Meadows before making his 3-year-old debut March 3 across the turf at Gulfstream.
Palm Meadows, conceived and designed by Mr. Frank Stronach, Chairman and CEO of MI Developments Inc, parent company of Gulfstream Park, opened in November of 2002 to rave reviews. Located 45 miles north of Gulfstream in Boynton Beach, Palm Meadows features a mile-and-an-eighth main track, 176-foot wide turf course, a state-of-the-art compost system, accommodations for 1,300 horses and furnished grooms’ quarters.
Palm Meadows has also been the winter home of Horse of the Year champions Invasor (2006), Saint Liam (2005) and Ghostzapper (2004). The facility also played host earlier this year to Fasig-Tipton’s world-renowned 2-year-olds in Training sale.
“In Palm Meadows, Mr. Stronach designed a training facility that rivals the finest in the world,” said Timothy Ritvo, Gulfstream’s Vice President of Racing. “Horsemen have spoken highly of the track surfaces and the overall facility since the day it opened. We’re very proud that so many Kentucky Derby winners and champions have made Palm Meadows their winter home.”