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Gulfstream Park: Handle hits $1.9 million for first summertime card
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Gulfstream Park closed out its 2012-2013 winter meet with the first summer racing program in track history, handling $1,986,428 on an eight-race card here Tuesday.
Gulfstream needed to run one live program between the original closing date of its 2012-2013 meet on April 5 and the end of the fiscal year in south Florida on June 30 to become its own simulcast hub rather than be required to use Calder as its hub as in the past. Gulfstream will open its 2013 summer meeting on July 1.
“It was a great day,” said Gulfstream Park president Tim Ritvo. “Being it was a Tuesday, we’re overwhelmed with the positive response from our guests and horsemen and are looking forward to the opening of our summer meet next Monday.”
Apprentice Edgar Zayas, currently the leading rider at Calder, won three of the eight races on the card, including the featured seventh event aboard Musical Flair for trainer Kirk Ziadie. The win was also the second of the day for Ziadie and owner Frank Calabrese.
Double Judge turned in the most dynamic performance of the afternoon, rocketing to an 8 ¼-length starter allowance win for trainer Juan Arias after completing seven furlongs in a blistering 1:22.21 over the lightning fast track.
They only bet a $149,000 on track. "Overwhelmed with the positive response" - how phony.
There were only 700 people there.
all a power play by the casino boys
Who is calling the races ?
I was there yesterday and must say that the crowd was much, much larger than I anticipated. Many have posted about the poor quality of the racing but it was at least on par with Calder. The key difference was the pool sizes. Both the early and late pick 4 pools were more than triple what they typically are at Calder.
I thought being their own simulcast hub was the point of the story and them running yesterday.
The assumption by the article is that was live attendance handle only, Would have made per capita wagering $400 a person approx. If they got 5000 people . Hard to believe with all the $1 ex box bettors. Most people do not bet $50 a race
Jockeys riding at Gulfstream on Monday July 1 will include J. Rosario, John Velazquez, E. Prado, J. Bravo, & J. Castellano.
If my math is correct the p5 which paid $638 / .50 was approx $210 as a parlay, HTF did that happen winning $2 payoffs $6...$6.40...$5.40...$5.20...$7.80 Maybe they lowered the takeout like at So Cal p5?? Any thoughts The p4 was $196 and that leaves off leg 1 $6
2 million on a Tuesday is very easy to predict. Have you seen the cards running that day. Bettors saw GP and were duped into thinking Joel Rosario would be riding the favorite in the feature.
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