Gulfstream Park handle up almost $67M

October 03, 2016 5:48 PM
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Brisk business is being reported at Gulfstream Park in Florida where the track’s recently concluded summer meet had a total handle of $556.9 million, an increase of $66.9 million over 2015.

The total represented a 14-percent increase over the 2015 handle of $490 million. Daily average handle from April 4 to Oct. 1 was nearly $5 million, an 11 percent increase over last year.

Full fields and a strong program for two-year olds are being credited as the reasons for the increase in handle.

P.J. Campo, vice president of racing for The Stronach Group and general manager of Gulfstream Park said, “Summer racing is improving and it’s being noticed around the country in the number of horsemen who are applying for year-round stalls as well as in handle.”

Campo added, “We now look forward to the Championship Meet that begins Saturday, Dec. 3 with the $1.1 million Claiming Crown. The Championship Meet promises to be one of the most memorable with a refurbished turf course, the 66th running of the Florida Derby, Sunshine Millions, the Eclipse Awards and, for the first time, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational.”