Gulfstream Horse Racing is back for the winter season in South Florida. The next four months attract the most elite horses, trainers, and jockeys from around the country. The buzz surrounding Gulfstream horse racing is palpable, as over 4,000 horses were entered into a competition that only has room for 3,100. All the stalls in Miami Dade such as Miami Equestrian Club, all the way to Palm Beach County have been occupied. The 2015-2016 horse riding competition season for Gulfstream horse racing promises to be full of excitement.
The large fields at Gulfstream Park attract bettors and horse enthusiasts alike. The first races, which took place on Saturday, Dec. 5 hosted 143 horses in 11 races. In total, a record number 73 stakes, which include 37 graded races, will be scheduled for this season, and six new races have been added. The main focus of these horse competition events are the three-year-old horses vying for a spot in the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown races that take place in the spring.
There is a lot of money at stake in these horse competition events. The Florida Derby alone is a $1 million race to the finish. For this season, the stakes program for Gulfstream Park will be worth a record-setting $11.61 million in purses, with many of the race stakes increased from those of last year’s races.
This year’s 65th annual Florida Derby, which takes place on April 2nd at Gulfstream Park, is the most anticipated race for the three-year-olds hoping to get a coveted spot. Gulfstream horse racing has produced 57 Triple Crown winners, 22 of which have won the Kentucky Derby. Other highlights include the Donn Handicap race, which takes place on Feb.6, the Fountain of Youth race on Feb. 27, and the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in March.
Miami Equestrian Club offers a full services of boarding and horse training in Miami.