Live Racing Resumes at Gulfstream Park

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - Gulfstream Park to offer races June 25. For the first time in its 74-year history, Gulfstream Park will run Thoroughbred races in the month of June when it plays host to a full eight-race program Tuesday afternoon. First race post is 12:50 p.m.

Gulfstream, which opened on Feb. 1 1939, has previously operated only during the winter. Tuesday's eight-race program, which drew 84 entries, will serve as the closing day of Gulfstream's record-breaking 2012-2013 meet. The 2013 summer season of live racing will be kicked off with programs on Monday, July 1 and Thursday, July 4 before a regular Saturday-Sunday weekly schedule gets underway.

"We're very excited about Tuesday's live program and the support and interest from the horsemen," said Gulfstream Park President Tim Ritvo. "We think it's going to be a great day for all our guests. We're looking forward to Tuesday and anxiously awaiting the start of our summer meet on Monday, July 1."

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To prepare for its first summer of Thoroughbred racing, Gulfstream completed a $1 million construction project to strengthen its drainage system. Despite receiving approximately 14 inches of rain during the afternoon and evening of June 7, horses stabled at Gulfstream were training over the track the following morning.

A $35,000 optional claiming allowance race will be the featured seventh race on Tuesday's program. A field of nine horses, including the Kirk Ziadie-trained entry of Runyon Humor and Musical Flair, was entered in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint.

Trainer Wesley Ward named Joel Rosario to ride Ecabroni in Tuesday's feature. Ward and Rosario teamed with No Nay Never in England Thursday to win the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. Rosario, who ranked second behind Javier Castellano during the winter months at Gulfstream with 89 victories, rode Orb to victories in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) and $1 million Florida Derby (G1) in preparation for a victory aboard the Shug McGaughey-trained colt in the Kentucky Derby.

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Gulfstream's signature restaurant, Ten Palms, will open at 11:30 a.m. and feature a new menu with innovative entrees, including Shrimp Provencal and Churrasco Steak - along with sandwiches ranging from burgers to lobster rolls. Desserts will include Key Lime Pie, Flan De Coco and Warm & Tipsy Bread Pudding.

Gulfstream's wagering menu will be the same as it was during the winter. The 10-cent Rainbow 6, a popular multi-race wager that has produced multi-million-dollar payoffs, will get underway in the third race, while the 50-cent Pick 5 will begin in the fourth race. Because Tuesday's program is the official final program of the 2012-2013 meeting, there will be mandatory payoffs for both wagers. Beginning on July 1, there will be a carryover pool for the Rainbow 6, as well as the Pick 5, if no one holds a unique winning ticket.