Gulfstream Park plans to build on the success of Florida's year-round racing program during the upcoming spring/summer meets through incentives for both Florida-bred and open-company horses. The track is instituting a $1 million incentives program that will further enhance the purses during the spring and summer months.
The incentives program is the result of an agreement between Gulfstream Park, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association and Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. The incentives include:
Daily purses with the potential of reaching $300,000
Purses for 2-year-old Florida-breds running in open maiden special weight that could reach $65,000
Entry-level allowance purses worth $47,000
Purses of $25,000 for $12,500 open claiming races
Purses of $24,000 for $16,000 claimers in non-winners of 2 or 3 races
Purses for 2-year-old Florida-breds open maiden claimers of $25,000 as high as $33,500
Purses raised 10% for any 1 1/16-mile dirt race when seven or more horses leave the paddock.
Purses raised 10% for races taken off the turf and eight horses leave the paddock
“This is just the latest example of The Stronach Group's commitment to nurturing a strong Thoroughbred racing program in Florida,” said Gulfstream General Manager Bill Badgett. “When Gulfstream started its year-round program in 2013, the spring and summer product was lacking in depth and quality. We now have a program that is getting stronger each year and many of the top horsemen who participate in our Championship Meet are now leaving horses year-round in Florida to support our program. This spring and summer promises to be our best. We want to thank the fans and horsemen for supporting our program as well as the FHBPA and FTBOA.”