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What's Going on at Gulfstream Park on Opening Day
WHAT: Opening weekend of Gulfstream Park’s 2012-2013 Thoroughbred meeting
WHEN: Saturday, December 1st – Sunday, December 2nd
WHERE: Gulfstream Park
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST
Opening Day: The 71st Thoroughbred meeting at Gulfstream Park gets underway on Saturday with a 12:45 post time. A total of 61 stakes worth $10.1 million, including the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on March 30, will be run during the 90-day meeting that will conclude on April 5. New this season: The Fountain Club, a unique 25-table dining area overlooking the walking ring; and 32 box suites overlooking the finish line. Admission and General Parking is always free.
Breakfast at Gulfstream: Now in its third season, “Breakfast at Gulfstream” is a popular Saturday morning event hosted this season by Sandy Bruno, the former assistant trainer to the legendary Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens. Starting at 7 a.m. in the trackside Tiki Hut area, “Breakfast at Gulfstream” affords racing fans an opportunity to watch the best horses in the world during their morning gallops and workouts while meeting jockeys, trainers and handicappers. The special guests this Saturday are jockey Joe Bravo and Gulfstream Park announcer Larry Collmus, NBC’s Voice of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup. Everyone who purchases the all-you-can-eat buffet ($8) will receive a free “Breakfast at Gulfstream” T-shirt.
Calendar Giveaway: The colorful 2012-2013 Gulfstream Park calendar will be free for Opening Day attendees.
Commemorative Pin Promotion: Fans who purchase a racing program will receive a commemorative pin, as well as coupons for the redemption of four other pins that will be available during the season. A case to hold all five pins will also be given away with a program purchase.
$850,000 Claiming Crown: Held at Gulfstream Park for the first time, the 14th annual Claiming Crown will grace the Opening Day card with seven races worth $850,000, highlighted by the $200,000 Jewel.
$100,000 10-cent Claiming Crown Pick 7: The Opening Day-only wager with a 10-cent base will offer a guaranteed $100,000 jackpot, as well as a mandatory payout to those ticketholders with the most winners on the last seven races (all Claiming Crown events) of Saturday’s program.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
The $100,000 Sunshine State Stakes: The Sunshine State will be renewed for the seventh time. The seven-furlong stakes for registered Florida-breds, has attracted a strong field of nine, including Fort Loudon and Little Drama, a pair of stakes winners with Grade 1 experience. Polo Shirt Promotion: Fans who purchase a seat in Ten Palms, Silks or the grandstand will receive a Gulfstream Park Polo Shirt.
10-Cent Rainbow-6: The innovative 10-cent-base wager that yielded a $791,000 single-ticket payoff last season for a $2.40 ticket, is back for a third season. The bettor is required to pick the winners of the last six races. If a bettor holds the only ticket with all six winners, the jackpot is hit. If no one picks all six winners or there are more than one ticket with all six, 60 percent of that day’s pool is paid out to those with the most winners, while 40 percent is carried over to the next day. The pool has grown to $5 million-plus.