09/21/2011 12:34PM

Gulfstream launches retirement website


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park has opened a new website in connection with the track’s Thoroughbred After-Care Program, which was launched in February. The web site, www.gpaftercare.com, will help raise awareness of Thoroughbred retirement, supply information for adopting and sponsoring horses, and provide fans with updates on retired racehorses.

The site notes several success stories, including the Fort Lauderdale mounted police and the five former racehorses who help them patrol the city.

The aftercare program was financed in part by the track’s owner, Frank Stronach, who with his wife matched funds taken from purses at Gulfstream and distributed to retirement programs by the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. The Stronachs have started a similar aftercare program at Santa Anita, which like Gulfstream is owned and operated by the Stronach organization.

“Our hope is gpaftercare.com raises additional awareness of thoroughbred retirement and encourages more people to get involved in the lives of these wonderful athletes after they leave the track,” said Gulfstream Park’s president, Timothy Ritvo.