12/28/2011 2:17PM

Gulfstream adds live card on Jan. 2

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Gulfstream Park has received permission from the state to alter its live racing schedule next week and race Monday, Jan. 2, originally a dark day on the calendar, and close Wednesday, Jan. 4.

“We requested the change due to the incredible response we had from our fans for racing this past Monday,” explained Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream’s president and general manager. “With Jan. 2 also being a holiday for many people and with both Santa Anita and Aqueduct racing, we thought it was the right decision.”

Gulfstream’s all-sources handle exceeded $10.6 million on Monday.

Gulfstream conducted live racing on a four-day-a-week basis, Thursday through Sunday, during the opening month of its 2011-2012 meet, which began on Dec. 3. The schedule was set to expand to a five-day race week, Wednesdays through Sundays, beginning on Jan. 4.