Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Everybody wins at Gulfstream Park!

As Gulfstream Park's acclaimed race meet heads towards the stretch, Derby Fever is once again heating up the nation, and fans are hoping to see a new racing sensation that will rouse us to our feet and make our hearts quicken like Big Brown, Curlin, Spectacular Bid, Cigar and Barbaro did before at this landmark facility.  Gulfstream Park hosts live racing Wednesday through Sunday until April 24, but the excitement sizzles year-round! Watch and wager on some of the top racetracks in the country in unequalled comfort. Play genuine Las Vegas-style slots, electronic blackjack and roulette, try your hand at no-limit poker, experience a wide array of dining options, and explore a new dimension in shopping, dining and entertainment at the brand new Village at  Gulfstream Park.  Gulfstream Park's April stakes schedule kicks off Saturday, April 3 with the Skip Away, named in honor of the 1996 Florida Derby contender who went on to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and garnered Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame honors, with almost $10 million in career winnings. Fans also will be able to watch and wager on the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby from Gulfstream's sister track Santa Anita Park and the $750,000 Wood Memorial from Aqueduct and get a glimpse of the likely West Coast and New York invaders to the Kentucky Derby.
The following Saturday Gulfstream presents the South Beach for the fastest turf sprinters. Attendees can also watch and wager on top Derby prospects racing in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes simulcast live from Keeneland. Everyone is awaiting the new champion, and many feel they'll get a glimpse of one this year at Gulfstream Park. If past performance is any guide, history will likely unfold before them.

Girls Rule April 9 in the $5 Million Apple Blossom Invitational 
Featuring Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta!
Be sure to visit Gulfstream Park Friday, April 9, for the long awaited showdown between racing's leading ladies: reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, and the undefeated Zenyatta, who shattered the glass ceiling when she beat the boys to win the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic. Girls will rule as the nation's top fillies and mares battle it out for $5 million in purses in the Apple Blossom Invitational, which will be simulcast live from Oaklawn Park at Gulfstream Park - and has already earned the title of one of the great racing rivalries of all time.

Watch the Kentucky Derby and other Triple Crown Events in Unequalled Comfort!
Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 1 in unequalled comfort at Gulfstream Park. With the colossal tote board and dozens of large-screen TVs tuned to the first jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown, guests can take in all the action of the most exciting two minutes in sports without missing a thing.  Whether guests are dining at Ten Palms or Christine Lee's, playing slots or poker, huddling with fellow handicappers in the Silks Simulcast Center, enjoying South Florida's beauty in the grandstand or open-air Jameson Jockey Club, or hoisting a favorite beverage in the Breezeway Bar, all areas feature comfortable seating as well as food and bar service, an array of flat-screen TVs, mutuel clerks, convenient self-service wagering machines, and a lively atmosphere that puts you trackside all day and into the night. 
If some of the horses look familiar, it's not surprising: Throughout its history Gulfstream Park has been hailed as the proving ground of champions, and in 58 years the Florida Derby has produced 21 Kentucky Derby victors, 18 Preakness Stakes winners, and 15 who triumphed in the Belmont Stakes - more than any other prep race. What better place to see America's Race than South Florida's home of championship thoroughbred racing, where heroes are made and records are broken every year? Few horses in recent years have captured the nation's hearts as much as the undefeated Barbaro, who took the 2006 Holy Bull Stakes and Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park before crushing his opponents in the Kentucky Derby, or Big Brown, who parlayed a tally in the Florida Derby on his way to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2008. 

Enjoy Mint Juleps and other drink specials, Vegas-style slots, fine dining, no-limit poker, and evening entertainment. On May 15, Preakness Stakes Day, and again on Saturday, June 5, Belmont Stakes Day, Gulfstream Park will provide another spectacular day of prizes, contests and giveaways for the second and third legs of the Triple Crown.

Gerry Kelly, the foremost nightclub operator in South Florida, has brought his magic to Gulfstream Park's venue formerly known as The Sport of Kings Lounge, reinvented it as MI-VI, and added his vaunted brand of celebrity-packed entertainment to the expanding list of attractions on offer at Gulfstream Park. Gerry Kelly's MI-VI is located on the north side of the Clubhouse, second floor, next to Ten Palms restaurant and The Casino. Proper dress is required. For reservations and general information on MI-VI, call 954-457-6464, or visit

Nearly 1,200 diners can be comfortably seated in the expansive and elegant Ten Palms dining room, decorated with warm rich woods, cheerful bright colors, cozy tables and large windows capturing spectacular views of one of the world's most renowned thoroughbred racetracks. Ten Palms is also the site for Bingo Bonanza and Night Owl Bingo, held every Tuesday free of charge for members of the casino's Good Luck Player's Club.  Ten Palms is open Wed. through Sunday from noon-4:30pm for buffet lunch on race days until April 24, and Friday and Saturday year-round from 5:30pm-10pm for a la carte dining.  Call 954-455-6760 for reservations or to book a private party. 

The legendary Christine Lee did more than open a restaurant: she created an institution and an experience like no other. For 37 award-winning years on Miami Beach, Christine Lee's stellar cuisine captivated an eager and discerning clientele. Hailed as one of South Florida's premier dining institutions, Christine Lee's is renowned for the finest New York-style steaks, Mandarin Chinese and Asian fare and an amazing sushi bar. Now located in a fittingly grand space on the third floor with a commanding view of all the racing excitement at Gulfstream Park, Christine Lee's has been praised as the nation's top trackside restaurant.  Christine Lee's is open for dinner year-round every day from 4pm-midnight, and at 11am for lunch on live race days from Wednesday through Sunday until April 24, as well as for special events such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, and Breeders' Cup race days. Please call 954-457-6255 for reservations or to arrange a private party, charity fundraiser or other special event.

Providing the perfect complement to Florida's premier thoroughbred racetrack and racino, The Village at Gulfstream Park combines upscale fashion and home accessory shops with signature restaurants, outdoor cafes and entertainment to quickly become the leisure, fashion, and entertainment destination for South Florida.  Taken as a whole - extraordinary Mediterranean Revival architecture, lavish and inviting gaming facilities, world-class wintertime thoroughbred racing, and an array of dining, retail and entertainment options, all in a safe, secure and non-smoking environment located on 250 tropically landscaped acres - Gulfstream Park is a magnificently unique destination and is proud to serve as South Florida's premier gaming, sports, and entertainment center. For more information please visit

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