Gulfstream Park

Aidan Butler Appointed to COO, 1/ST Racing and President, 1/ST Content

The Stronach Group's Aidan Butler has been appointed to Chief Operating Officer, 1/ST RACING and to President, 1/ST CONTENT, 1/ST announced Thursday. Butler joined The Stronach Group in 2018 and has been front and center in California leading the racing operations teams at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields as the Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations. In addition, he also served as Chief Strategy Officer for The Stronach Group. Butler will work directly with Craig Fravel, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST RACING, to further develop the company's racing...

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Gulfstream Planning On Allowing Fans for Championship Meet

When Gulfstream kicks off its Championship Meet on Dec. 2, fans will be welcomed back to the South Florida track. Bill Badgett, the executive director of Florida racing operations for The Stronach Group, said the current plan is to allow fans to attend, with a limit of 50% of the track's capacity. He said that would allow as many as 6,000 or 7,000 fans to attend races like the GI Pegasus World Cup and the GI Florida Derby. "It will be great to see people down on the rail watching...

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Claiming Crown Returns to Gulfstream for Ninth Year in a Row

The 22nd edition of the Claiming Crown, a nine-race event offering $835,000 in purses to the blue-collar horses that are the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry's day-to-day racing schedule, will return to Gulfstream Park for the ninth consecutive year Saturday, Dec. 5. Handle on the Claiming Crown has climbed each of the last eight years since being held at Gulfstream. The Claiming Crown is a partnership between the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). "The Claiming Crown from its inception has...

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Sept. 18 Insights: Million-Dollar Baby Debuts at Belmont; Rachel Alexandra Full-Sis Unveiled at Gulfstream

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 1st-BEL, $63K, Msw, 6f, 2yo, f, 1:00 p.m. ET Shadwell Stable's ZAINALARAB (War Front) will get both her racing career and the Belmont fall meet underway Friday when facing five other juvenile fillies in this sprint. Bought for $1 million even at Keeneland September, the bay is the first foal out of GSW Delightful Joy (Tapit), a half-sister to GSW Cali Star (Street Cry {Ire}) and 113 Beyer-earning SW Seymourdini (Bernardini). Trained by Chad Brown, she shows a steady worktab going back to mid-July at...

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Caracaro Continues Kentucky Derby Preparations

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - With a mix of optimism and respect, trainer Gustavo Delgado and his son and assistant, Gustavo Delgado Jr., have gone about their primary task of the summer: preparing Caracaro (Uncle Mo) of the GI Kentucky Derby. The Delgados are based in South Florida at Gulfstream Park West, but brought Caracaro to Saratoga Race Course in July with the goal of earning enough qualifying points to make the 20-horse Derby. Following second-place finishes in the GIII Peter Pan S. July 16 and the Aug. 8 GI Travers...

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Gulfstream Donates Meals to Children’s Hospital Staffers

Gulfstream Park donated more than 500 pre-packaged hot meals Tuesday to staff members at nearby Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. Gulfstream Chef Giovanni Arias, Executive Sous Chef Juan Magana and the entire Food & Beverage staff prepared the meals before delivering them to the Hollywod, FL hospital, with which Gulfstream has had a long partnership, including donations and yearly visits to patients by jockeys and trainers. "[Tuesday] was a special day at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. We received a delicious lunch that was specially made just for us. We are grateful...

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Open Letter to Industry from TIF: Decision to Run Saturday at Gulfstream Affront to Integrity

The following is an open letter from the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: "Will this action foster increased participation and confidence from horseplayers and horse owners?" This should be the question considered by all decision-makers in horse racing. Strong storms cascaded through the area around Gulfstream Park on Saturday morning. Besides races on grass being shifted to the dirt and that course being downgraded to sloppy, there was another significant change on the day. The storm knocked-out several camera positions, including head-on views and a remote camera positioned to capture starts deep...

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Joseph Sophomores Tune Up

A pair of sophomores from trainer Saffie Joseph's barn tuned up for graded stakes engagements with five-furlong works at Gulfstream Park Sunday. Ny Traffic (Cross Traffic), currently seventh in the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby qualifying-points standings, breezed five furlongs in :58.64 (1/12) in preparation for a likely start in the July 18 GI Haskell S. at Monmouth Park. "I worked him Monday last week, so he came back in six days. I wanted to get a good work into him and he worked super. He finished up really good....

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Shivaree Tunes Up for Blue Grass

Shivaree (Awesome of Course), who belied odds of 80-1 to complete the exacta behind future GI Belmont S. hero Tiz the Law (Constitution) in the GI Curlin Florida Derby Mar. 28, worked five furlongs in 1:01.65 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park in advance of the GII Toyota Blue Grass S. at Keeneland July 11. A homebred for Fred Brei's Jacks Or Better Farm, Shivaree required five starts to break his maiden, but has since proved he belongs in the 3-year-old discussion with a pair of stakes scores prior to his...

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Social Inclusion Gets First Winner at Gulfstream

Social Exclusion (Social Inclusion) became the first winner for her freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile) Wednesday at Gulfstream. Overlooked at 10-1 in this unveiling, the bay broke on top and was shadowed by Gem Thief (Shanghai Bobby) through a sharp first quarter in :21.29. Showing the way into the lane on a clear lead, Social Exclusion powered home to a 4 3/4-length success. Kay's Project (Jack Milton) was second and Gem Thief faded to third. Social Inclusion won three of his nine starts with his claim to fame being...

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June 20 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED LIVE OAK FILLY DEBUTS AT GP 2nd-GP, $65K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 12:30p.m. Live Oak homebred LOVED GLOBALLY (Uncle Mo) makes her career bow in this juvenile test. Her second dam is Grade I-winning millionaire My Typhoon (Ire) (Giant's Causeway), who is a daughter of European Highweight Urban Sea (Miswaki) and a half-sister to the mighty Galileo (Ire); champion Sea the Stars (Ire); ad MG1SW Black Sam Bellamy (Ire). This is also the family of Group 1 winner Bracelet (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}). Wesley...

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Gulfstream Casino to Open June 18

Gulfstream Park will reopen its casino Thursday, June 18, it was announced Thursday. The newly redesigned casino floor will open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Gulfstream is following all recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local authorities and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Gulfstream's reopening plan has also been approved by Broward County, the City of Hallandale Beach and the Florida Department of Business...

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