Facility Open for Simulcasting Wednesday Horses, People All Safe in Wake of Hurricane Irma
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced Monday it would resume live racing Saturday, Sept. 16, and that its facility would be open for simulcasting Wednesday.
Training will resume at Gulfstream, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows Tuesday morning.
Assessing the facility Monday morning in the wake of Hurricane Irma, P.J. Campo, Gulfstream’s General Manager and Vice President of Racing, said Gulfstream fared “very well” during the pounding South Florida took the past two days.
“First of all, people and horses are always our first priorities, and everyone is safe,” Campo said. “The horses are all well, and those who work on the backstretch and live in our dormitories are all safe. Over the past two years, we have taken precautions to help our facility by installing a flood retaining wall and pump stations, and they worked. The stables were not flooded.
“Except for some minor damage to roof shingles on our older barns, we’re ready to go. We are waiting until Saturday to resume racing because we have to wait for outside resources and utilities in the South Florida area like power, gas and clean-up to catch up.”
Gulfstream will do a double draw Wednesday for its Saturday and Sunday programs.