Thursday, October 30 2008
Gulfstream Park’s Luxury Boxes Available for Rent
Gulfstream Park announced today that its state-of-the-art box seats are now available for rent during the 2009 meeting, which begins Jan. 3.
The boxes offer their owners a grand view of the racetrack and a sense of luxury while keeping them in the midst of all the action at one of the nation’s foremost racetracks.
Each box has six Brielle chairs, known as the most comfortable in the outdoor-furnishings industry; granite countertops; a private TV and a self-serve betting terminal; a telephone; Internet access, and in-box food and beverage service.
Friday, October 24 2008
Top Trainers Set Sights on Gulfstream
Todd Pletcher, Nick Zito and Ken McPeek each will ship more than 90 horses to South Florida in the days leading up to the 70th anniversary of the original Gulfstream Park’s opening.
John C. Horning, a 28-year-old building contractor who built the first grandstand and barns, took over operations after ownership defaulted on their debts and dropped out of the picture. Horning opened his Gulfstream for a four-day run beginning Feb. 1, 1939.
Thursday, October 23 2008
Hall of Fame Jockey Don Brumfield Named to Gulfstream Steward Stand
Don Brumfield, whose 36-year riding career culminated in Hall of Fame induction, will be in the steward stand at the upcoming Gulfstream Park meeting.
He will join Bernie Hettel as an association steward; Kevin Scheen is expected to return as the state steward.
“The presence of a Hall of Fame jockey with the standing that Don Brumfield enjoys in the industry furthers Gulfstream Park’s reputation for integrity,” said Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Bill Murphy.
Saturday, September 27 2008
Interesting Twists to the 2009 Stakes Schedule
The Florida Derby has been the exit race for two of the last three Kentucky Derby winners, and in 2009 it will once again be contested five weeks before the First Saturday in May.
The $750,000 test for 3-year-olds on March 28 will be the premier event of Gulfstream Park’s 66th meeting, which begins Saturday, Jan. 3, and concludes Sunday, April 19.
The 1 1/8 mile Florida Derby was won by dual classic winner Big Brown in 2008 and by the legendary Barbaro in 2006. Florida’s most important thoroughbred event, it has been contested over the years by such other superstars as Nashua, Needles and Northern Dancer; Bold Ruler and Carry Back; Forego, Foolish Pleasure and Spectacular Bid; and Unbridled, Holy Bull, Thunder Gulch and Empire Maker.
Wednesday, September 24 2008
Two Guests Each Win $25,000 at Gulfstream Park
Two guests left Gulfstream Park $25,000 richer after winning Gulfstream Park’s Case and Cash promotion Sunday, Sept. 21.
“It was great! People were jumping and screaming,” said David Meyerson, Gulfstream’s Marketing Promotions Coordinator, of the moment when Luis Ramos (left) won his prize. Hugo Romero (below) won his prize an hour later. “Everyone was in amazement and the crowd went wild,” added Meyerson. “The winner was hugging and kissing everyone.”
The winners underscored the growing recognition that Gulfstream Park’s casinos present “the region’s ‘loosest’ slot machines,” said Mike Couch, Gulfstream Park’s Vice President of Gaming. “People enjoy coming to Gulfstream Park because they win more, and promotions such as Case and Cash make that an even sweeter deal for our players,” said Mr. Couch.
Thursday, September 11 2008
Major Film Awards to Gulfstream-Based ‘The Art of Road Kill’
“Team Chaos,” a film-making team led by noted writer, director and Northern Star contributor Alyn Darnay, won four major awards last weekend in the recent 48-Hour Film Festival for “The Art of Road Kill,” a short movie with many of its major scenes shot at Gulfstream Park.
Of the contest’s 12 awards, “Team Chaos” won for Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Musical Score and Best Screenplay.
Monday, September 08 2008
Gulfstream Park Poker Moves to First-Floor Finish Line
Poker at Gulfstream Park successfully made the move from the second-floor Sport of Kings to the first-floor Finish Line Casino this weekend.
“Our players are every bit as comfortable as they were in the Sport of Kings,” said Gulfstream Park’s Poker Room Manager Scott Poole, “and they are that much closer to all the live action when the live races return Jan. 3.”
The Finish Line, just outside Gulfstream Park’s walking ring, is not only home to poker but also to simulcasting and slot machines as well as one of the finest delicatessens in the area.
Sunday, September 07 2008
Gulfstream Park Prepared for Hurricane Ike
Gulfstream Park staff and construction crews from Forest City are spending the weekend securing materials and equipment in preparation for Hurricane Ike.
Racetrack employees stored the more-than 600 seats and tables from the apron in safe places while workers on the multi-million dollar retail development hustled to install roof tiles and weigh-down their equipment for the storm, whose winds and rains are expected to reach South Florida by late Monday or Tuesday.
Friday, August 15 2008
Mike Chapple Promoted to Assistant General Manager
Mike Chapple, Vice President of Security and Surveillance at Gulfstream Park, will have the title “Assistant General Manager” added to his already impressive resume.
Mr. Chapple has a long history with Magna Entertainment Corp. owner of Gulfstream Park and Remington Park, the latter in Mr. Chapple’s native Oklahoma. He came to Gulfstream Park in 2006 after serving at Remington for 17 years. Mr. Chapple was on hand when Remington opened its slot business in 2005 and was a consultant when Gulfstream opened its slots the next year.
Doug Bredar Named Gulfstream Park Racing Secretary
Doug Bredar, a nationally respected racing official with more than 20 years experience, has been named Racing Secretary at Gulfstream Park.
“Many highly qualified people were interviewed for this position and what distinguished Doug, beyond his experience and obvious capabilities, was his enthusiasm for Gulfstream Park,” said Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Bill Murphy. “His contacts span the country and his enthusiasm is infectious. We anticipate he and his staff will put on a show that will prove to be one of Gulfstream Park’s finest.”
Friday, June 20 2008
Citing Lost Time From Family, Bill Couch Resigns as Gulfstream Park Racing Secretary
Bill Couch, singled out for high praise by many of the nation’s leading horsemen for his efforts during the 2008 Gulfstream Park meeting, has resigned that post, citing the combination of performing a high-pressure job far from home.
The Ohio native first came to Gulfstream in 2007, serving as Gulfstream Park’s Palm Meadows liaison. Later that year he was elevated to the post of Racing Secretary, overseeing the 2008 meet, which will be best remembered for providing a stage for superstar Big Brown and for its accent on local horsemen.
“I very much enjoyed the last two winters at Gulfstream Park,” Mr. Couch said from Thistledown, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he currently serves as Racing Secretary. “It was a thrill to meet the people I did and to enjoy the experiences I had, but I’m a family man.”
Thursday, June 19 2008
Meet the Legends of Offshore Powerboat Racing June 21
Gulfstream Park’s Ten Palms restaurant will present a different type of horse power at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 21, when it hosts the Offshore Powerboat Legends Reunion.
The event is a rare opportunity to meet powerboat racing idols such as Allan “Brownie” Brown, Bobby Moore, Sammy James, Gino Gargiulo, Odell Lewis, Richie Powers and Mel Rigg. The non-profit event will benefit Take Stock in Children, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation and is being produced by the Historic Offshore Boat Race Association, Ocean Racing LLC, under the guidance of racing legend Charlie McCarthy, Larry Goldman of Xtremepowerboats.com and Brad Schoenwald of Tres Martin Performance School.