Gulfstream Park Track Odds - Off Track Horse Odds
Racing Dates: January - June
Main track: 1 1/18 mile, oval
Distance from last turn to finish line: 898 feet
Turf Course: Seven furlongs
Gulfstream Park is one of the most important venues for horse racing in the United States. It opened on February 1, 1939 with a a four-day meet with a crowd of 18,000.
Gulfstream Park has been elevated in recent years, mainly due to hosting big horse racing events such as the Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships (hosted in 1989, 1992, 1999), and the Sunshine Millions, a contest for horses bred in “sunny” states Florida and California.
It is now the premier East Coast track that operates during the winter while the northern tacks experience winter temps.
The annual Florida Derby Festival is a month-long celebration, culminating with the stakes race with the same name as the festival.
The Grade 1 Florida Derby is the richest prep race leading to the Kentucky Derby, as 3-year-old thoroughbred horses sprint one and one-eighth miles around a left-handed track in a race to be the fastest.
Aside from a $1 million purse, winners of the Florida Derby usually go on to attempt the first leg of the Triple Crown at the Kentucky Derby in Churchill Downs, often considered the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”
The two primary preps for the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby are the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes and Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes, both of which are at 1 1/16 miles.
Mean while, the Gulfstream Park Spring/Summer program represents an additional five stakes and $250,000 in additional purse money over last year.
The G2 Princess Rooney Stakes Presented by Hardacre Farms is on tap for this Saturday, June 20 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A purse of $250,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to saddle up and go seven furlongs on Gulfstream's dirt track. In addition to purse money, the winner also receives an automatic Win And You're In berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
The fillies' and mares' complement, the Princess Rooney Stakes (G2), covers seven furlongs on the dirt. The name of the racing meet was christened for the US Hall of Fame filly, Princess Rooney.
As well, The Smile Sprint Stakes (G3), a six-furlong sprint on the dirt, welcomes open company and offers its winner a berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1).
Over 30 other graded stakes races are run every year at Gulfstream Park from January to June, split between the nine-furlong dirt course and the one-mile turf course. Continue