06/25/2013 5:07PM

Gulfstream Park: Handle hits $1.9 million for first summertime card


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.

Tom More than 1 year ago
They only bet a $149,000 on track. "Overwhelmed with the positive response" - how phony.
Tom More than 1 year ago
There were only 700 people there.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Gulfstream does not take attendance... That was the Marlin game
Guacomole Armpit More than 1 year ago
all a power play by the casino boys
Bob More than 1 year ago
Who is calling the races ?
Lawrence More than 1 year ago
Peter Aiello. He's also the track announcer at Hialeah
Mike B More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Larry Collmus will be back when the real meet starts
Brian Russell More than 1 year ago
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.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
CRC has to compete with many many tracks on weekends, GP only had to compete with Parx and maybe 2-3 others on a Tuesday. Let's see how GP fares this weekend
Mike B More than 1 year ago
on a weekend, next time GP runs is Monday
Robert Johnson More than 1 year ago
I thought being their own simulcast hub was the point of the story and them running yesterday.
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
it was
Bob More than 1 year ago
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
David N More than 1 year ago
Jockeys riding at Gulfstream on Monday July 1 will include J. Rosario, John Velazquez, E. Prado, J. Bravo, & J. Castellano.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Now name the camels they are riding. That's the problem today with horse racing . People are fixed/hooked on jockeys because there are few horses we can name or relate to. Excluding Pletcher and Baffert horses people are hard pressed to name 10 horses. So what happens is they bet on jockeys
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
You are so wrong. People bet on good Jockeys. There are a ton of nice horses out. there There are just more venues to race at than in years past.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Exactly and when the good jockeys lose and they do 77 % of the time approx people say they are losing it. You need the horse is the bottom line . You have to bet the horse. What makes a good jockey ? Last time I looked John Velazquez lost on Animal Kingdom and Dreaming of Julia in the same week. They lost to better horses didn't they? JV didn't stiff them.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Bet they are getting a fee for riding plus air and hotels.Nothing else running anyway.Must be something behind the sceenes,
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Bill Opalka More than 1 year ago
The last race winner was the 5/2 second choice at post time, but 12-1 on the morning line. The other winners seemed closer to their program odds.
Horse 2win More than 1 year ago
I loved it, the payouts made my day, both pk 4's were logical and hitting them without having to go more than 3 deep in any one race was awesome, hope the people keep coming out & wagering will definitely make my summer ROI higher than normal.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
the 14% announced take-out n the .50 pick 5 seems to be working.
Mike More than 1 year ago
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.
Horse 2win More than 1 year ago
If any logical person actually thought Rosario would be there to ride 1 horse is delusional, anyone with any knowledge of horse racing was waiting for a jockey change.