Gulfstream Park promises to take 2017-2018 Championship Meet to new heights
November 29, 2017 8:00 AM
by Robert Mann
Simulcast horseplayers in Nevada and those nationwide have begun their orientation towards late autumn and winter racing as the thoroughbred calendar shifts across the country.
Gulfstream Park opens Saturday and promises to take the 2017-2018 Championship Meet to new heights during a highly anticipated 89-date schedule highlighted by the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the world's richest race, and the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1), a major steppingstone to the Triple Crown. The second running of the Pegasus World Cup is set for Jan. 27 and the 67th running of the Florida Derby is scheduled March 31.
Gulfstream is one of the leading race meets in the nation and continues its run through April 1. Saturday’s opening day features the $1.1 million Claiming Crown.
Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati kicks off its meeting today (Wednesday), Los Alamitos in Southern California begins its brief thoroughbred stand tomorrow (Thursday) with Santa Anita commencing its long winter/spring meeting the day after Christmas, Dec. 26th. Tampa Bay Down started its meeting Saturday and moves into its normal race schedule starting today (Wednesday).