Name: The Stronach Group
901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009 (Click for
Telephone: (954) 454-7000; 1-800-771-TURF
Fax: (954) 454-7827
Gulfstream Park’s commitment to the Thoroughbred industry
in Florida, its legacy of giving back and its dedication to enhancing its
fans’ experience continues to grow in 2016.
Gulfstream's 2015–16 Championship Meet will offer an $11.61 million stakes
schedule while hosting Eclipse Award-winning Thoroughbreds and Hall of Fame
trainers and jockeys. This follows a ground-breaking 2015 when Gulfstream
Park produced a record live handle of $1.338 billion and a record $1.625
billion on all wagering via Gulfstream.
The Florida Derby, which has produced 57 winners of Triple Crown events,
continued to be a showcase for the country's top 3-year-olds and one of
North America's biggest racing days, producing a record total handle of
$27,255 million and an on-track record of $3.302 million for Gulfstream's
state-of-the-art facility. Alto Racing's Materiality, making only his third
career start, gave trainer Todd Pletcher his second consecutive Florida
Derby victory and helped Pletcher win an unprecedented 12th consecutive
Championship Meet training title. Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier
Castellano won his fourth consecutive jockey title at the Championship Meet.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Eclipse Awards dinner returned to
Gulfstream Park, where the national champions of the 2015 season, including
Horse of the Year American Pharoah, were feted on January 16. Once again,
Gulfstream helped to raise awareness and funds during Eclipse week and
throughout the year through various events for the Permanently Disabled
Jockeys Fund and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
The Claiming Crown returned to Gulfstream for a fourth season on December 5.
Other highlights of the Championship Meet included 2014 Florida Derby winner
Constitution returning to win the Donn Handicap, Mshawish winning the
Gulfstream Park Turf, Honor Code winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap,
Birdatthewire winning the Gulfstream Park Oaks, and Itsaknockout's victory
via disqualification in the Fountain of Youth.
Big fields and competitive world-class racing continued to fuel innovative
wagers like the Rainbow 6, Pick 5 and rolling Super Hi 5s. Gulfstream
continued its commitment to Florida summer racing program in 2015 by
offering a record $4.7 million stakes schedule. Along with a record 29
stakes, purses for the Florida Sire Stakes 2-year-old program jumped to $2
million, and a new 3-year-old Sire Stakes series offered $900,000 in purses.
Gulfstream's summer meet was followed by another successful Fall Turf
Festival at Gulfstream Park West, where average handle was up 19 percent
despite racing four fewer days than in 2014.
When comparing this year's total handle at Gulfstream Park West to 2012, the
last year the 40-day Tropical-at-Calder meet was run unopposed, handle was
up 144 percent, from $58 million to $142 million.
Gulfstream ushered in a new era in racing January 4, 2006 by unveiling its
newly constructed facility as part of a $171.5 million renovation that began
with the razing of its old grandstand and clubhouse shortly after the 2004
meet. In addition to the clubhouse, the racing surfaces underwent
reconstruction. The main track was elongated from a mile to a mile and
one-eighth and the turf course was widened from 80 feet to 170 feet while
remaining seven furlongs in circumference. The building was designed to
house two restaurants, two casinos, a poker room and a 500-seat theater–
Sport of Kings, home of the Eclipse Awards since 2013. The walking ring,
which includes lighted fountains surrounded by more than 600 seats and set
under both of the restaurants, is the most dramatic in the nation.
On February 11, 2010, the ribbon was cut on the new Village at Gulfstream
Park, a multi-use retail and entertainment center connected to the walking
ring and racetrack through a series of walkways, balconies and staircases.
The state-of-the-art, open-air mall, owned by The Stronach Group, met with
rave reviews from local Hallandale residents and tourists from around the
world. The facility attracts millions of new people, many whom otherwise
might never visit a racetrack, and continues to evolve, adding new home
stores and restaurants, including Frankey's Sports Bar and Adena Grill.
Gulfstream continues to play a major role in the community. Saturday morning
Breakfast at Gulfstream is a favorite with fans, especially families, who
get a guided tour of the backstretch and get a chance to meet owners,
trainers and jockeys up close. Free July 4th and New Year's Eve events drew
more than 30,000 people to Gulfstream in 2015. Gulfstream continues to
support the highly successful grooms program and holds events throughout the
year to support Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the Permanently Disabled
Jockeys Fund, and numerous local charities.
The 2015-2016 season at Gulfstream also witnessed the construction of
Pegasus, the world's largest horse sculpture made of bronze and steel and
measuring 110 feet high and 200 feet long.
Chairman Frank Stronach's commitment to the retraining and rehabilitation of
retired Thoroughbreds continues with several programs designed to raise
money throughout the year for Gulfstream's Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.
Mr. Stronach was recognized as a leader in equine retirement with the
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's inaugural Earle Mack Champions' Award,
as well as the Volterra Award from Longrun Thoroughbred Retirement.
Chairman: Frank Stronach
Officers: Alon Ossip, CEO; Timothy Ritvo, President; Mike Rogers, VP,
Operations; Jane Lynn, Secretary; Patricia Angel, Vice President, Finance
Track President: Timothy Ritvo
General Manager, Vice President of Racing: P.J. Campo, (954) 457-6228
Vice President, Administration: Sheri Holmes
Vice President of Communications/Media: David Joseph, (954) 658-7156
Director of Mutuels: Ed Mackie, (954) 457-6252
Director of Marketing: Michael Nyman, (954) 457-6434
Director of Human Resources: Jeff Humke, (954) 457-6378
Director of Food & Beverage: Mark Ventresca, (954) 457-6958
Director of Operations: Stanley Czajka, (954) 457-6602
Director of Security: Roderick Baldwin, Peter Serbinoff, (954)
Track Announcer: Larry Collmus, (954) 457-6268
Nearest Cities: Ft. Lauderdale and Miami
Nearest Airport: Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International
Track Data: 11/8-mile dirt track (sand/clay mix) with
chute for races up to a mile; length of stretch to finish: 898 feet; track
width: 90 feet; turf course (Celebration Bermuda grass): 7 furlongs and 170
feet wide; stable capacity 1,400 at Gulfstream, 1,320 at Palm Meadows
Admission Prices: Free admission to grounds and free general parking
Parking Facilities: Spaces for 5,200 cars; valet parking available