03/03/2015 2:00PM

Summit of Speed back on stakes schedule


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park will offer 29 stakes worth $4.7 million during the 2015 spring-summer session, highlighted by the seven-stakes Summit of Speed card and the Florida Sire Stakes series, which includes an inaugural program for 3-year-old Florida-breds.

The Summit of Speed, a mainstay at Calder Race Course since 2000, took a one-year hiatus last season but will return July 5 with four graded stakes topped by the Grade 2 Princess Rooney Handicap and the Grade 2 Smile Sprint. Both the Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint are Win and You’re In races in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge. Purses for the 2-year-old Florida Sire Stakes have been raised to a record $2 million, and the series begins Aug. 8 with the $200,000 Dr. Fager and $200,000 Desert Vixen stakes. The series continues with the $300,000 Affirmed and $300,000 Susan’s Girl on Sept. 5 and concludes with the $500,000 In Reality and $500,000 My Dear Girl on Oct. 3.

“We believe this is our strongest and most balanced summer stakes schedule yet,” said P.J. Campo, Gulfstream general manager. “After consulting with horsemen and breeders, we believe this stakes schedule continues rebuilding summer racing in Florida. With nearly $5 million in purses and 29 stakes, we’re looking forward to a tremendous summer season at Gulfstream Park.”

The spring-summer stakes program opens April 25 with the Grade 3 Miami Mile on turf.

2015 Gulfstream Park Spring/Summer Stakes Schedule

April 25 Miami Mile (G3) $100,000 3YO & UP, 1M (T)
April 25 Powder Break $75,000 3YO & UP F&M, 1M (T)
May 2 Honey Ryder $75,000 3YO F, 1M (T)
May 2 English Channel $75,000 3YO, 1 1/16M (T)
July 5 Princess Rooney (G2) $250,000 3YO & UP F&M, 6F
July 5 Smile Sprint (G2) $250,000 3YO & UP, 6F
July 5 Carry Back (G3) $150,000 3YO F, 7F
July 5 Azalea (G3) $150,000 3YO, 7F
July 5 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint $75,000 3YO & UP, 5F (T)
July 5 Birdonthewire $75,000 2YO, 5 1/2F
July 5 Cassidy $75,000 2YO F, 5 1/2F
August 8 Eight Miles East $75,000 3YO & UP, 1 1/16M (T)
August 8 Soaring Softly $75,000 3YO & UP F&M, 1M (T)
August 8 FSS Dr. Fager $200,000 2YO, 6F
August 8 FSS Desert Vixen $200,000 2YO F, 6F
August 8 FSS Unbridled $150,000 3YO, 7F
August 8 FSS Three Ring $150,000 3YO F, 7F
Sept. 5 FSS Affirmed $300,000 2YO, 7F
Sept. 5 FSS Susan's Girl $300,000 2YO F, 7F
Sept. 5 FSS Prized $150,000 3YO, 1M (T)
Sept. 5 FSS Jewell Princess $150,000 3YO, 1M (T)
August 8 The Vid $75,000 3YO & UP, 1 1/16M (T)
August 8 Wasted Tears $75,000 3YO & UP F&M, 1 1/16M (T)
Oct. 3 FSS In Reality $500,000 2YO, 1 1/16M
Oct. 3 FSS My Dear Girl $500,000 2YO F, 1 1/16M
Oct. 3 FSS Foolish Pleasure $150,000 3YO, 1 1/16M
Oct. 3 FSS Meadow Star $150,000 3YO F, 1 1/16M
Oct. 3 Armed Forces $75,000 2YO, 1M (T)
Oct. 3 Our Dear Peggy $75,000 2YO F, 1M (T)