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Gulfstream, FTBOA & FHBPA Partner On $4.5 Million State-Bred Stakes Program

Nov 24, 2015
2016 Program Highlighted by Florida Sire Stakes & Sunshine Millions

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park along with the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association (FTBOA) and Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) announced today a 2016 Florida-bred stakes program worth $4.5 million, highlighted by the $1.05 million Sunshine Millions and $2.9 million Florida Sire Stakes.

The Sunshine Millions, six races restricted to Florida-breds including the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic, will be contested Saturday, Jan. 16, the week of the National Owners Conference and the afternoon of the Eclipse Awards. The Sunshine Millions, inaugurated in 2003, was open to horses bred in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania during last year's Championship Meet. 

The Florida Sire Stakes will include $2 million in stakes purses for 2-year-old Florida-breds and $900,000 for Florida-bred 3-year-olds. The Sire Stakes will include the $500,000 In Realty and $500,000 My Dear Girl. The Florida Sire Stakes, formerly the Stallion Stakes, dates back to 1982 and was created by Ocala breeder and owner Dan Lasater.

"This joint agreement between Gulfstream Park, the FTBOA and the FHBPA shows our continuing commitment to Florida Thoroughbred racing and breeding as well as our promise to strengthen the industry during the summer," said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group (parent company of Gulfstream Park) and General Manager of Gulfstream. "By making the Sunshine Millions a series restricted to Florida-breds, we hope to build momentum and support the Florida breeding and racing program. We will continue building a cohesive program that serves Gulfstream throughout the year."

Lonny Powell, CEO and Executive Vice President of the FTBOA, said; "The Florida breeders are pleased to join hands with our partners Gulfstream Park and FHBPA to reinvigorate and bring national wagering and horsemen participation and awareness on these lucrative days featuring some of our finest Florida-breds. We are pleased to provide these additional Florida-bred racing opportunities to our breeders and owners."

Kent Stirling, Executive Director of the FHBPA, said; "The FHBPA is proud to again be a partner in the Sunshine Millions with Gulfstream Park, and is very happy to again welcome the FTBOA back as a partner in this series of races that is once again dedicated  to Florida-breds registered with the FTBOA. We look forward to this event again being one of the major events to take place during Gulfstream’s meet."

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