Gulfstream broke total handle records during its 89-day Championship Meet bringing in $957 million, a 10.4% increase from last year’s handle of $867 million. Handle including total simulcast was $1.021 billion and on-track handle was $3.9 million. The Jan. 27 GI Pegasus World Cup handled a record $41.9 million and the track broke another record on GI Florida Derby Mar. 31 with a handle of $49.9 million.
“The Championship Meet was an extraordinary 89 days of world-class racing, exceptional dining and incredible events,” said Gulfstream Park General Manager Bill Badgett. “We want to thank the fans who witnessed many of the world’s greatest equine athletes and jockeys and we want to thank the horsemen and owners from around the world for supporting our meet.”
Badgett continued, “The Stronach Group is creating an entirely new way to experience the races while embracing generations of new fans through world-class entertainment and events. We look forward to our Spring/Summer meet and building on our year-round program and preparing for another memorable Championship Meet in 2018-2019.”