HorseracingFLA Staff Report
This Saturday Nov. 7 will be the biggest stakes day of this fall’s Gulfstream Park West (GP West) meet.
There will be eight stakes races, all with $100,000 purses and all restricted to Florida breds.
Gulfstream Park is holding the GP West meet at Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens under a lease agreement with that track.
The GP West meet will resume this Wednesday, with its regular Wednesday through Sunday schedule. First post time is 12:35 p.m. through the end of the meet on Nov 28.
Gulfstream Park on Dec. 5 will begin its four-month 2015-2016 championship meet.
Gulfstream is calling this Saturday the “Millions Preview” because four of the races have similar conditions to races that will be run at Gulfstream on Jan. 16, which will be the annual Sunshine Millions Day.
Many horsemen and fans are referring to this coming Saturday as “Florida Day.”
The eight GP West stakes races on Nov.7 are:
*Millions Classic Preview–1 1/8 miles on dirt, 3-year-olds and up
*Millions Distaff Preview — 7 furlongs on dirt, fillies and mares 3-years-old and up
*Millions Turf Preview — 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds and up
*Millions Turf Sprint Preview — 5 furlongs, 3-year-olds and up
*Juvenile Sprint — 6 ½ furlongs on dirt,2-year-olds
*Juvenile Fillies Sprint — 6 ½ furlongs on dirt, 2-year-old fillies
*Juvenile Turf — one mile, 2-year-olds
*Juvenile Fillies Turf — one mile, 2-year-old fillies
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association is contributing $25,000 to the purses in each race.
Through 2012, Calder had an annual race card in November that had a similar menu of races and was called the “Florida Million.”
Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach is open daily for simulcasting, including the GP West races, during the GP West meet.
Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar is in the midst of physical and operational preparations for its opening day on Nov. 28. Until then, it is open for simulcasting of races including GP West.
21001 N.W. 27th Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Calder Web site
For information on the racing at GP West (Calder), use the Gulfstream Park contact information listed below.
* Live racing — Wednesdays through Sundays, first post is 1:15 p.m.
901 S. Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, Fla. 33009
Phones — (954) 454-7000
Gulfstream Park Website
* Simulcast wagering — seven days a week with more than 30 thoroughbred and harness tracks; open for simulcasting from 11 a.m. until approximately 11 p.m.
* Casino — the two casino rooms are open from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays
* Poker — 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
11225 Race Track Road, Tampa, Florida 33626
Main Phone (813) 855-4401
Toll Free (In Florida) (866)-TBDOWNS (823-6967)
Tampa Bay Downs Website
Tampa Bay Downs will resume live racing on Nov.28th.
Prior to then, it is open seven days a week for afternoon and evening simulcasts of thoroughbred races from more than 20 tracks. A schedule may be obtained by calling the numbers listed above.
*The Silks Poker Room hours of operation: Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.
The Downs Golf Practice Facility hours of operation:
Pro Shop: 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. daily (Last bucket sold at 7:45 p.m.)
Range: 8:30 a.m. – dusk daily
Short Game Area: 8:30 a.m. – dusk daily (lights out at 9:45 p.m.