Gulfstream Park race track at Hallandale Beach in Miami boasts beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors are struck by the grandeur of this world-class facility. The building is elegant with a large statue of Pegasus slaying a dragon alongside. This, of course, symbolises the spirit of flying horsepower.
At this track, you will find some of the finest horse racing in North America from December through April. There are regular spectacular performances by both horses and their jockeys. Here there is an aura of being among the best of the best.
The performances hosted here can be seen at Mywinners.com. Here at Gulfstream Park some of the most prestigious trainers, jockeys and their horses can regularly be seen.
While horseracing is the premium attraction at this venue, it has branched out into other entertainment for all ages as well. There are shops and restaurants, a casino and a concert venue. There are many things to do between races or perhaps having a bit of a flurry. For those unable to attend these events they can do it now as well as wager online at MyWinners where they can stay in touch with events. My Winners is proud of staying up to date and it offers a wide variety of events on which to bet.
Track Layout of Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Park has a seating capacity of 16,627 with 1,454 stalls.
Before the 80 foot wide track of today with its one and one eighth mile circumference was built, there was a one mile dirt oval and a turf oval of seven furlongs.
The current dirt track is attached to two chutes of three and seven furlongs each. The current turf course is a one mile oval covered with Tifton 57 Bermuda grass, the length of which is 921 feet with a width of 70 feet.
History of Gulfstream Park
A crowd of 18,000 attended the opening of Gulfstream Park in 1939 where a four day event was held. Unfortunately, the event failed to live up to expectations and profits were much less than expected, leading to the track being shut down.
After four years of inactivity, James Donn took over the running of the facility in 1944. He began with a 20 day race meeting with a modest crowd of 4,534, however, this was enough to show the potential of opening the track.
With Donn at the helm, Gulfstream Park underwent numerous additions and renovations. The Gulfstream Park Handicap was held in 1946, it took a couple more years before the track really came into its own. 1952 was the year of the first Florida Derby and the following year it became the first stakes in Florida with a purse of $100,000. This year saw a clubhouse being constructed and an increase in the capacity of the grandstand. The course became the setting for some spectacular achievements in racing during the 1950s.
The winner of the Kentucky Derby and winner of horse of the year, Swaps, broke a world record of 1:39 3/5 for a mile and 70 yards, in the Broward Handicap the following year, in the Florida Derby Gen. Duke beat Bold Ruler with another record-setting 1:46 4/5.
There were more renovations to the clubhouse and the grandstands in the 1980s, as well as the addition of the Gulfdome dining terrace.
In 1989, Gulfstream Park was finally established as one of North America’s top racing venues after hosting The Breeders cup, this is an honor, which the track repeated in 1992 and 1999.
The track has been under the curatorship of a string of owners. Magna Entertainment Corporation bought it for $95 million in 1999 and sold it in 2010 to MI Developments. 2011 saw new owners, The Stronach group, an incredible company, a multi levelled establishment with a district improvement system.
Gulf Stream Park hosts The Pegasus world cup, one of the most luxurious races in the world, with only 12 entrants and a fee of $1 million each. It is one of the most sought after and eagerly anticipated races on the calendar.
The latest race was held on the 28th of January this year. People even sold their places at the starting gate for a premium. The race has been established to generate excitement and appreciation for this sport of kings, the sport of thoroughbred horse racing. It also looks to increase interest and awareness of opportunities for breeders and racers. The World Cup as a relatively new event clashes somewhat with the Dubai World Cup and the more familiar Breeders’ Cup.