02/29/2012 2:44PM

Gulfstream Park boosts purses 15 percent

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park will raise purses 15 percent for the remainder of the meet effective with Saturday’s program. The higher purse schedule is due to increases in both ontrack and offtrack handle this meet.

All-sources handle is up 12 percent compared to last year, according to figures released by Gulfstream Park management.

“We have seen increases in our business due to the support of our horsemen, and the industry has benefited from out December opening,” said Gulfstream president and general manager Tim Ritvo.

The Gulfstream meet opened on Dec. 3, one month earlier than usual. The session ends on April 8.

“We continue to see an influx of new fans and families coming to our facility, and our chairman, Mr. Frank Stronach, is steadfast in his commitment to Thoroughbred racing, its horsemen and fans as well as Gulfstream Park,” said Ritvo.