Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Kicks Off Friday

November 28, 2023

The 2023 Pegasus World Cup Invitational won by Art Collector (#6 pink cap) who was in third coming around the backstretch turn. (Sonny Hughes) 

Key Dates, Stakes, Taste at the Track, Gift Days, Breakfast & More 

David Joseph/Gulfstream Park/Edited

HALLENDALE BEACH, Fla.— Gulfstream Park kicks off its Championship Meet with giveaways and an invitation to families and fans to breakfast.

The racing actioning kicks off with the rookies in the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes and carries over to the following weekend with the $100,000 Pulpit and $100,000 Wait a While. 

Speaking of carry overs, the Rainbow Pick 6 is estimated to be $1 million.

Sample the Taste of the Track and then come celebrate the holidays Saturday, Dec. 23 with The first of 32 graded stakes during the Championship Meet—the $125,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) and $125,000 Sugar Swirl (G3).

Ring out the old and ring in the new with the Pegasus World Cup preps. Saturday, Dec. 30. A key afternoon for horses prepping for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), three graded stakes will be contested including the $150,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3) on the main track, $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2) on the turf.

Monday, Jan. 1, is the first 3-year-old stakes of the year, the $150,000 Mucho Macho Man is the first of several key prep races for the Florida Derby (G1).

FULL CALENDAR

Friday, Dec.1

Opening Day of the Championship Meet

Fans will get a complimentary 2024 wall calendar beginning at noon.

Saturday, Dec. 2 

Breakfast at Gulfstream

Families and fans can watch the early morning workouts and get breakfast in the breezeway. Come out between 7:30-9:30 a.m. Samantha Perry hosts.

FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes

The first Saturday brings together some of the top Florida-bred 2-year-olds in the $300,000 In Reality and $300,000 My Dear Girl. 

Rainbow 6 

Mandatory Payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 estimated to be $1 million

Saturday, Dec. 9 

$100,000 Pulpit and $100,000 Wait a While

The first stakes races to take place on Gulfstream’s new turf course. Both races feature 2-year-olds.

Sunday, Dec. 17 

Taste at the Track – Holiday Edition

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Saturday, Dec. 23 

$125,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) and $125,000 Sugar Swirl (G3)

The first of 32 graded stakes during the Championship Meet are contested on the main track along with a pair of 3-year-old turf stakes – the $125,000 Tropical Park Derby and $125,000 Tropical Park Oaks.

Saturday, Dec. 30 

Preps for Pegasus World Cup Day 

In what has become a key afternoon for horses prepping for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), three graded stakes will be contested including the $150,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3) on the main track, $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2) on the turf, and $125,000 Suwannee River (G3) on the turf. The $125,000 Rampart is also scheduled.

Monday, Jan. 1

First 3-year-old stakes of the year

The $150,000 Mucho Macho Man is the first of several key prep races for the Florida Derby (G1) and spring classics. 

Saturday, Jan. 6

Breakfast at Gulfstream

Families and fans can watch the early morning workouts and get breakfast in the breezeway. Come out between 7:30-9:30 a.m. Samantha Perry hosts.

Friday, Jan. 26

Gift Day

Backpack

Art Collector on the lead winning the 2023 Pegasus World Cup Invitational. (Jetta Vaugh)
Art Collector on the lead winning the 2023 Pegasus World Cup Invitational. (Jetta Vaugh)

Saturday, Jan. 27

Pegasus World Cup Day 

One of racing’s biggest days of the year. The top horses and riders compete in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), and $500,000 Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Invitational (G3). There are four other graded stakes as well. Total purses are $5.2 million. There’s lot of entertainment highlighted by Calvin Harris. For tickets and information go to PegasusWorldCup.com

Friday, Feb. 2 

Gift Day 

T-Shirt

Saturday, Feb. 3 

The Road to the Florida Derby

It begins today as 3-year-olds go to post in the $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) and four other graded stakes including the $150,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3) and $150,000 Sweetest Chant (G3).

Breakfast at Gulfstream 

Families and fans can watch the early morning workouts and get breakfast in the breezeway. Come out between 7:30-9:30 a.m. Samantha Perry hosts.

Taste at the Track 

It’s Bourbon and BBQ in the Flamingo Room. 

Saturday, Feb. 10 

Sprint on the Turf 

The $125,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint (G3) features some of the fastest older horses on the turf. 

Bobblehead Giveaway

Get a Jose Ortiz bobblehead for a $20 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Breezeway. 

Friday, March 1

Gift Day 

Cooler Bag  

Saturday, March 2 

Road to the Florida Derby Continues 

The last major prep for the Florida Derby is today’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2). There are eight other stakes, seven graded, including the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) for fillies looking ahead to the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), and the $200,000 Gulfstream Park Mile (G2). 

Breakfast at Gulfstream

Families and fans can watch the early morning workouts and get breakfast in the breezeway. Come out between 7:30-9:30 a.m. Samantha Perry hosts.

Taste at the Track 

It’s Tacos and Tequila in the Flamingo Room. 

Saturday, March 9 

Two Sprints, One Graded, One Turf

The $125,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) for fillies and mares and the $100,000 Silks Run for 4-year-olds and up are the highlights.

Friday, March 29

Gift Day 

Gulfstream Hat  

Saturday, March 30 

Derby Day 

It’s the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) and nine other stakes races. 

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