A record $1.887 billion was wagered via Gulfstream Park in 2017, an increase of $113 million over the track’s 2016 total. Live wagering was a record $1.632 billion, up $124 million over last year’s number despite three fewer days of racing, while wagering within the state was up $4.524 million over 2016.
The inaugural running of the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 set an all-time Gulfstream handle record of $40.217 million, while GI Florida Derby Weekend Apr. 1-2 produced an all-time best $48.792 million two-program handle.
“We want to thank the fans and horsemen from across the world for supporting our racing program,” said Gulfstream Park General Manager Bill Badgett. “We continue to see growth not only in our Championship Meet but in our summer meet. We see the spring, summer and fall racing schedule being revitalized due to the commitment to Florida racing by The Stronach Group. We will continue to grow in 2018. We’re looking forward to building our partnerships with horsemen and provide world-class customer service and amenities to our great fans.”