01/02/2013 4:02PM

Gulfstream Park: Track, horsemen sign purse contract

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Gulfstream Park and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association signed new purse and slots contracts on Monday. The terms of the slots contract will help provide a strong basis for Gulfstream’s planned expansion of its casino, which in turn will result in more money to be earmarked for purses, according to horsemen and track officials.

“We genuinely appreciate Gulfstream’s efforts in working with us on a document which greatly benefits the horsemen and the track,” said Phil Combest, president of the horsemen’s group. “Both the quality of racing and purse levels will remain high as a result of this agreement.”

One of the terms of the agreement is that Gulfstream will contribute to the cost of the $10 per day stall rent being charged to Calder horsemen this winter and next.