Friday, April 09, 2010

Sunshine State Bonanza Shines Brightly on April 24 Finale

HALLANDALE, FL (Friday, April 9, 2010) – Gulfstream Park may draw the curtain on live racing for the 2010 meeting, but they won’t let the sun go down.

A salute to Florida-bred horses and their human fans, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in stakes money races, highlight the first Sunshine State Bonanza, to be held Saturday, April 24 at Gulfstream Park—which is also closing day of the live racing meet. As an added bonus, the wildly popular All Turf Pick 4 wager, a staple on Sundays, will be offered on Saturday to round out the final four races of the 2010 season.

A collaborative effort between Gulfstream Park and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA), the Sunshine State Bonanza will feature a $400,000 series of races for registered Florida-breds, highlighted by a pair of $100,000 events for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass: the Island Whirls Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes and the Capital Request Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes for fillies and mares. Four $50,000 starter races for claiming horses—the Cartersita, the Coolbythepool, the Cherokee Frolic and the Shake You Down—each named to honor former Florida claiming horses who went on to bigger and better things, complete the racing run-down.

Shake You Down, a winner of 22 races including six stakes and more than $1.4 million in earnings before retiring in 2007, will make a rare on-track appearance, parading in front of the stands between races. The 12-year-old Florida-bred winner of the 2004 Sunshine Millions Sprint now spends his days in Ocala, Fla., at the Marion County Correctional Institution where he’s a part of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and the FTBOA’s vocational training program, which provides a safe home for retired racehorses and also teaches prison inmates vocational, emotional, and life skills through their work with the horses. Gulfstream will honor the TRF with a contribution.

In addition, Gulfstream Advantage Club members can pick up a custom-made cap while supplies last, and all fans can take advantage of free trackside seating and $1 beers and shots, as well as live music in the Breezeway Bar.

Racing begins on April 24 at 1:15.

Gulfstream Park will remain open year-round for world class Thoroughbred simulcast action, casino wagering, and fine dining. Shops and restaurants at The Village at Gulfstream Park, a one of a kind, open air multi-entertainment and shopping complex connected to the Gulfstream Park stands through balconies, stairways, and sidewalks, is also open year-round.

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