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Gulfstream Meet gets underway Tuesday

Gulfstream Park 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Spotswire
When live racing begins tomorrow afternoon at Gulfstream Park, it will officially be the end of the 2012-2013 meet. However, with its proximity to the beginning of Gulfstream’s first ever spring-summer meet, it can rightfully be called the beginning of a new era at the south Florida track. A special card has been planned for Tuesday, along with two other special cards slated for Monday, July 1 and Thursday, July 4. Racing will then only be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays once the normal schedule gets under way.
 
 
Gulfstream Park President Tim Ritvo chose to conclude the 2012-2013 meet on Tuesday, June 25 because no other pari-mutuel facility was running in the state on that day. He also was able to lure a total of 84 starters for Tuesday’s card by increasing the purse of each race on that day’s card by $4,000 a piece and offering to award $1,000 to each starter regardless of placement in each of the day’s races. Since tomorrow’s race card is a part of the 2012-2013 meet, any owner that ran a horse at Gulfstream during the winter is still eligible to claim. To protect the local horsemen, Ritvo put a house rule into effect that forbids any horse claimed on tomorrow’s card to race at any track outside of south Florida for 90 days.
 
 
Tomorrow’s card includes 8 races with race 7, a $35,000 optional claiming allowance for 3-year olds and up, as the featured race.  The race drew a field of 8, including 2012 Sam F. Davis participant Ecabroni, who boasts the red-hot duo of Joel Rosario and Wesley Ward as his jockey and trainer. The Kirk Ziadie coupled entry of Runyon Humor and Musical Flair was made the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1, while the Ronald Ordonez-trained Major Prince was made the 20-1 longshot.
 
 
Bettors get your past performances and get to handicapping! The 10-cent Rainbow 6 starts with the 3rd race, and the 50-cent Pick 5 begins with the 4th race. Since Tuesday is technically the last day of the 2012-2013 meet, both will have mandatory payouts. Beginning with the July 1 card, however, there will be carryovers for both pools if no one holds a unique ticket.
 
 
So far, three stakes races are on tap for the month of July at Gulfstream. Stakes action begins on Thursday, July 4th with the $100,000 The Armed Forces for Florida bred 3-year olds and up going 8.5 furlongs on the turf. Decisive Moment, Doubles Partner, and Bad Debt are among the nominees for the Armed Forces. The $75,000 Cellars Shiraz for 3-year old fillies at 8.5 furlongs on the turf is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, and the $75,000 Showing Up for 3-year olds at 8.5 furlongs on the turf will be part of the July 20th card.
 
 
Because negotiations between Calder and Gulfstream are still ongoing, the two tracks will run head-to-head through the summer and into the fall. An open policy was put into effect for tomorrow’s card, meaning that horses stabled at Calder are allowed to ship and return to compete on Tuesday. Ritvo hopes that this policy can continue. Gulfstream’s spring-summer meet will continue up to the 2013-2014 meet which begins December 1. Calder’s meet ends August 31, and its Tropical Meet begins the following day, September 1.
 
 
Gulfstream Park will again host the Eclipse Awards this year. The ceremony will be on January 18, and will once again be the culmination of a week full of events, though this year’s program will be expanded. Events will include a golf tournament, celebrity poker tournament, slots tournament, a handicapping tournament qualifier to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, as well as racing and other fan-focused events.
 
 
If the 2013 Eclipse Awards ceremony and preceding events were any indication, fans and horsemen alike can expect another star-studded and glitzy event. January’s ceremony was sold out, and over $120,000 was raised for charity. The actual ceremony itself was preceded by the Sunshine Millions series, and the Sunshine Millions Classic drew a star-studded field that included Breeders’ Cup Classic 2nd place finisher Mucho Macho Man and Santa Anita Handicap winner Ron the Greek. Though a schedule for the week has not yet been announced, it is likely that the Sunshine Millions Series would again preface the awards ceremony.
 
 
Changes and renovations continue at the track, as well. Already the main track and turf course have undergone $1,000,000 worth of renovations, and construction of 500 additional stalls has also been approved. Along with hosting the Eclipse Awards, Gulfstream Park hopes to eventually lure the Breeders’ Cup back to South Florida. With so many events, race dates, and changes, horsemen and fans alike have much to look forward to at the south Florida track this summer and fall. 

 

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you are missing the point. The QUALITY of the product will be diluted worse than it is already
Considering Calder is owned by Churchill Downs Inc and Gulfstream by Stronach Inc, I would think both will be fine
They won't push it out.
Calder usually has the summer races, but this year, Gulfstream is getting in on the summer racing action.
no this is Stronach trying to push out Calder
Is there usually a summer meet in Florida?
Gulfstream has installed a concrete gutter to strengthen its existing drainage system, and the turf course has been verticut, was undergoing aeration, and underwent a fertilization program.
A 10 cent Rainbow Pick 6 with no carryover and a mandatory payout. Yippie. The computer/pace boys should pad the off-track handle on this card consisting exclusively of cheap horses going one turn on dirt >> Any details on the million $ renovations to the courses?

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