All-sources handle was also up significantly from 2008 figures, coming in at $13,602,677.28 this year as opposed to $12,368,226.13 last year.
Some of the people who came to Saturday’s Sunshine Millions had never been to Gulfstream Park before, let alone a racetrack.
“I have absolutely no idea what's going on but this is awesome," said Susie Brennen from Cooper City. “The track is gorgeous and I love seeing all the people walking around and just going nuts during the races.”
Paul Gomez of Miami said, “The atmosphere in this place is incredible.”
Charlie Henry of Miami Lakes is a racetrack veteran. “I come here a lot, but a special day like today is on a different level. I like the atmosphere around the track. There’s some extra juice in here.”