Tuesday, August 11 2009


Racing’s Big 4 Get Free Ride to 2010 Donn Handicap


Gulfstream Park took the rare step Wednesday of waiving nomination fees for Mine That Bird, Rachel Alexandra, Summer Bird and Quality Road to next year’s Donn Handicap.

“Regardless of whether or not these four superstars meet in the Travers, we want them to have the opportunity of meeting in the biggest race for older horses this winter,” said Racing Operations Manager Bernie Hettel.





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Saturday, August 01 2009


Reigning Florida Derby Winner on Monday’s Spa Card


"Tick tock.

While racing gets into stride at Saratoga, it won’t be long before the leaves on the trees in upstate New York turn and cooler climes are at hand.

This coming Wednesday, opening day at Gulfstream Park is 150 days away.





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Friday, July 03 2009


Fund Established to Help Grandchildren of Gulfstream Clerk of Scales


A fund has been established to help the two teenage children of Lisa Kotula, the daughter of Gulfstream Clerk of Scales Victor Sanchez.

Ms. Kortula passed away Thursday after suffering from a long illness. She was a week away from turning 43.





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Thursday, June 18 2009


Gulfstream Park Participating in Share Our Strength’s Stop-Hunger Project


Gulfstream Park will be one of the participating vendors in Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation (Greater Fort Lauderdale-South Palm Beach) event, to be held at the Broward County Convention Center Thursday, June 25.

The region’s finest chefs, including Gulfstream Park’s Kas Willis (left), will be participating in the benefit event. Proceeds, in their entirety, bring food to South Florida’s more-than 350,000 hungry children, to where they live, learn and play.





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Just 200 Days Until the Next Live Meet Opens at Gulfstream Park


Wednesday, June 17, is the 200-day mark leading up to the Jan. 3 opening of Gulfstream Park’s 2010 live race meeting.

The race meeting will conclude Friday, April 23. Racing will be conducted on a Wednesday through Sunday basis.

Next winter will be a busy winter in Broward and Dade counties. Gulfstream Park is formulating plans to compliment the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, which for the 10th time will be held in Dade County. The 2010 venue will be Dolphin Stadium (aka, until the big game, “LandShark Stadium”) in Miami Gardens.





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Friday, June 05 2009


Gulfstream Park Pledges $20,000 to Charities Helping Victims of Paralysis


Gulfstream Park announced today its pledge to donate $10,000 to both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Charities – Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

The Jockeys Fund was established by Magna Entertainment Corp., owner of Gulfstream Park, the NTRA and other racing organizations to help all former jockeys who have been permanently paralyzed due to a race-riding accident.





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Friday, April 24 2009


Significant Across-the-Board Gains at Gulfstream Park


From the racetrack to the casino to the dining room, Gulfstream Park recorded across-the-board revenue increases in all facets of its operations at the 2009 meeting.

Its 67th meeting concluded Thursday.

“Our thanks go to the horsemen and the jockeys, and mostly to our guests and our employees for a sensational meeting,” said Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Bill Murphy. “We were lucky with the weather, no doubt about that, but you have the strong sense that our longtime guests have regained their familiarity and comfort level with the property.”





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Thursday, April 23 2009


Alternate State Steward Basil Bardakjy Passes Away


Basil Bardakjy, alternate state steward at Gulfstream Park, passed away after a long illness Wednesday evening. He was 80.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, from 4-7 p.m., at the Vista Funeral Home, 14200 NW 57th Ave., in Miami Lakes.

Survivors are his daughter, Suzanne Hicks, and his son, Michael Bardakjy; four grandchildren, Ian, Dean, Collin and Sydney; and two great grandchildren, Blane and Elle. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly.





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Wednesday, April 22 2009


Barn Notes 4-22-2009


Pletcher & Lezcano Seal 2009 Gulfstream Meet Titles

Trainer Todd Pletcher will win a sixth straight Gulfstream Park meet championship after sending out one winner on Sunday to take the lead by one in the standings over Ken McPeek with two days to go before closing on Thursday.

McPeek led the standings for much of the season until recent weeks while Pletcher’s powerful stable picked up momentum. The number of starters were decidedly in Pletcher’s favor in the final days and he went into Wednesday’s card leading 34-33.





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Monday, April 20 2009


Barn Notes 4-19-2009


Pletcher & McPeek Remain Tied With Three Days to Go

Trainers Todd Pletcher and Ken McPeek each had a winner Saturday at Gulfstream Park and remained tied in the standings at 33 victories apiece with three days to go before the meet closes on Thursday, but the numbers now make Pletcher the solid favorite to gain a sixth straight championship here.

Both trainers have runners entered in two races Sunday, but Pletcher has seven horses in five races Wednesday and two more Thursday while McPeek has just one on Wednesday and none Thursday. The top two are well clear of their closest rivals, Nick Zito and Wesley Ward, tied for third with 21 victories each.





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Sunday, April 19 2009


Barn Notes 4-18-2009


Dunkirk Drills at Palm Meadows Saturday Morning



Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s 3-year-old Dunkirk, runner-up in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 28, worked a solid five furlongs in 59:90 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows as he continues his preparation for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs on Sat., May 2.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the roan/gray son of Unbridled’s Song appears almost certain to be assured a berth in the Kentucky Derby field limited to 20 based on graded-stakes earnings with $150,000 after several defections announced this week.



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Miss Blakely Rallies to Boynton Beach Upset


Capital Hill Thoroughbreds’ 3-year-old filly Miss Blakely came a long way from breaking her maiden for a $25,000 claiming price in December to the winners’ circle at Gulfstream Park Saturday after rallying in the stretch to upset the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes by 2½ lengths over Three Diamonds Farm’s 27-1 longshot Seminole Lass.

Jeffrey Sanchez rode Miss Blakely to victory for trainer Joe Orseno in the one mile turf test, the final stakes on the Gulfstream schedule before closing day on Thursday. The daughter of Smart Strike paid $25 for $2 to win and was timed in 1:34:94 over ‘firm’ ground. Chester Bishop and partners’ pace-setter Oilgonewile finished third, a half-length before the runner-up in the field of nine 3-year-old fillies.





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