Suwannee River Stakes

The Suwannee River Stakes is a Thoroughbred horse race run at Gulfstream Park located in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Open to fillies and mares four-year-olds and up, the Grade III event is set at a distance of 9 furlongs or one and one eighth mile on the turf. The race is named after the wild Blackwater river running from Georgia through Florida to empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The race itself was for Stephen Foster's song "Old Folks at Home" (known better by the name "Suwannee River"). It is now the state of Florida's state song. The race was inaugurated in 1947. It was held as an overnight handicap between 1948 and 1950-1952. The race was not held in 1949. It was given grade-three status from 1973-1978 and again from 1982-present. The race had been run at six furlongs, seven furlongs, one mile, one and one sixteenth miles and its current distance of one and one eighth miles. The race itself has been so popular among trainers that the race has been run in two divisions many years and in three divisions in three separate years.

Gulfstream Park Graded Stakes Races

Stakes Race Grade Purse
Sugar Swirl Stakes III $100,000
Mr. Prospector Handicap III $100,000
Old Hat Stakes III $100,000
Marshua's River Stakes III $100,000
Fort Lauderdale Stakes III $100,000
Hal's Hope Handicap III $100,000
Forward Gal Stakes II $200,000
Holy Bull Stakes III $400,000
Donn Handicap I $500,000
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap I $300,000
Hutcheson Stakes II $150,000
Suwannee River Stakes III $150,000
Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship II $150,000
Hurricane Bertie Stakes III $150,000
Davona Dale Stakes II $250,000
Sabin Stakes III $100,000
Very One Stakes III $100,000
Fountain of Youth Stakes II $400,000
Mac Diarmida Stakes II $150,000
Canadian Turf Stakes III $150,000
Gulfstream Park Handicap II $300,000
Swale Stakes III $150,000
Herecomesthebride Stakes III $150,000
Palm Beach Stakes III $150,000
Inside Information Stakes II $150,000
Honey Fox Stakes II $100,000
Pan American Stakes II $150,000
Orchid Stakes III $150,000
Florida Derby I $1,000,000
Gulfstream Park Oaks II $300,000
Appleton Stakes III $100,000
Rampart Stakes III $150,000
Skip Away Stakes III $100,000