HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Conditions are fast and firm at the Gulfstream Park West meet today for an eight-race card that got underway at 1:15 p.m.
Gulfstream Park is holding the GP West meet at Calder under a lease arrangement with that track.
For bettors and other fans, today also is a day to prepare for the two stakes races that GP West will have on Saturday and for the simulcasts of Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday.
Saturday’s GP West stakes are the $75,000 Showing Up at one mile on turf for 3-year-old males and the $75,000 Cellars Shiraz at one mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies.
We will have previews of both races on Saturday morning, and stories with detailed results on Saturday evening
The Breeders’ Cup races will be this Friday and Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Starting this afternoon we will have previews of Breeders’ Cup races with a focus on horses whose trainers and owners have close ties to Gulfstream Park and to Tampa Bay Downs.
This is in keeping with our mission of continually covering Florida horse racing, including stories that other media outlets might not be covering extensively or covering at all.
Our stories will be on this Web site and on our blog’
GP West on Friday and Saturday will have simulcast betting on all of the Keeneland races. On those days, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs will have simulcast betting on all of the GP West races and all of the Keeneland races.
On Friday, all three of those Florida locations will offer advance betting on all of Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races.
Here is the GP West schedule
Thursday Oct. 29
GP West will have eight races with first post of 1:15 p.m.
Friday Oct. 30
GP West will have ten races with first post time of 12:20 p.m.
There will be four Breeders’ Cup races, starting at 3:30 p.m. Post time for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff is 5:35 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31
GP West will have 11 races. First post time will be 11:55 a.m. at GP West.
The Showing Up is the seventh race, with scheduled post of 3:58 p.m.
The Cellars Shiraz is the ninth race, with scheduled post time of 5:18 p.m.
There will be nine Breeders’ Cup races, starting at 11:30 a.m. Scheduled post for the Breeders’ Cup Classic is 5:35 p.m.
Sunday Nov. 1
GP West will change its first post to 12.45 p.m. and keep that first post time through the end of its meet on Nov. 28.
The Silks simulcast area on Gulfstream’s first floor will open at its regular 11 a.m. time on Friday Oct. 30. Ten Palms will be open with an a la carte menu only, at $25 minimum per person.
On Saturday Oct. 31, Silks will be open at 10 a.m. and Ten Palms is offering a Breeders’ Cup Buffet for $34.99.
Also on Saturday, fans will receive an official Breeders’ Cup T-shirt with purchase of a handicapper program at Gulfstream Park from noon to 3 p.m., while supplies last. Spin & Win Drawings to win a bet on a Breeders’ Cup race will be available to GP Advantage members.