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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — Here’s one more thing some segments of the racing industry can blame on The Stronach Group. The press release that follows is the first communication I’ve received from any racetrack that it is addressing the health concerns of its on-track audience. To wit:

By Gulfstream Park Staff — “At 1/ST, the health and safety of you, our guest, is our top priority.

“During this time of uncertainty related to the outbreak of COVID-19, we want to assure you that our team is working diligently to prioritize the well-being of all patrons at Gulfstream Park while we remain open for business across the racetrack, casino and the Village.

Our team is engaged in regular communications with local health agencies and is following the scientific guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

At Gulfstream Park we have implemented a number of procedures and protocols designed to maintain a sanitary environment for all who use our facilities. Some of our measures include:

  • Company Task Force – Creating a company-wide task force to monitor the situation in real time and to develop protocols to be carried out across all 1/ST venues and companies.
  • Increased Hygiene Protocols – Emphasizing the importance of hand washing and hygiene for all guests and employees by increasing the signage posted in restrooms promoting best practices and adding new hand washing stations around our venues.
  • Visible Hand-Sanitization Stations – Making hand sanitizer available and promoting its use.
  • Increased Cleaning Schedules – By doubling-down on our cleaning and disinfecting efforts on all high-touch areas and ensuring that our cleaning teams are working around the clock to sanitize those areas.
  • Reduction of Surface Contact – By implementing a “Doors Open” policy whereby doors that are not required to be closed for security or safety reasons are left open, thereby eliminating the need for patrons to touch the doors and handles.

We thank you for being a loyal guest and encourage you to exercise good judgment and to stay at home and rest should you feel ill. You can continue to be part of the action by viewing our racing remotely via or on our 1STBET app.

We are committed to remaining vigilant while we continue to do what we do best – deliver world-class Thoroughbred racing, hospitality and entertainment along with a unique and fully engaging experience for our fans and guests.


The 1 /ST Team”

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9 Responses

  1. How in the world can Gulfstream continue serving a buffet and how can the tiny track host the Florida Derby as it has in the past with spectators? Fans are jammed in there like sardines on big days. Seems completely unrealistic to think this race can go on as planned from a spectator standpoint. And don’t get me started about the non-working faucets and soap dispensers in the men’s rooms.

  2. Eric, what you suggest just might come true, in Japan they are already racing without fans. Racing is lucky in one regard, with simulcasting accounting for almost 90% of handle, it already is a “studio sport.”

    But the NBA cancelled it’s season. After 911 the world changed, it did again, only it affects the entire world.

  3. Interesting,while tracks are playing to an online audience, casino’s manage to stay open.Are the slots at Gulfstream still available ? At Aqueduct,track is closed to patrons, but casino remains open.

  4. I don’t understand this unless casinos are under 500, or 250 or whatever the number is, making it “legal,” so to speak but definitely not OK.

    Racing with no audience — but casinos open at AQU, GP and OP. Either it’s a killer pandemic or its not, yes?

  5. John,
    In my opinion,it is very unlikely that the casino at Aqueduct will attract less than 500 people. I think it is more of a case of the state and casino just getting their cut of the pie.These are two entities that are not really concerned about the welfare of the customers. As for the track,they are getting their wish.Races without customers on track.

  6. I’m sure you’re right Aaron. Oaklawn, NYRA, GP–and I do believe Tampa Bay Downs, which will no longer have live on-tracks after Sunday’s card is keeping its card rooms and casino areas open… Turfway no live fans on Saturday night for their major Derby prep.

  7. Wynn Resorts closed it’s buffet (s). Remember Circus Circus buffet? The size of two football fields. Had to walk through a maze of slots to find. Location, location, location. All you can eat for $1.99 but we’ll get you at the slots, ha, ha.

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