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National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announces Gulfstream Park as Industry Partner of the Month for August

Throughout the month of August, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be showcasing Gulfstream Park as its Industry Partner of the Month, an initiative to recognize and promote key thoroughbred racing organizations.


During August, the Museum will display memorabilia from Gulfstream Park, as well as share key moments and milestones from the track’s history through social media outreach and on-site events. One of those events will be an opportunity for children to design a set of racing silks at the Museum. At the end of August, one set of silks will be selected by Gulfstream to be worn by a jockey in a race during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet.


Located in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Gulfstream Park is owned and operated by the Stronach Group. The track opened for the first time on Feb. 1, 1939, conducting a four-day meeting. The initial meeting had a crowd of 18,000. The Gulfstream Park Handicap was first run in 1946 and the Florida Derby began in 1952. That same year, the clubhouse was built and a new addition was put on the grandstand. The following year, the Florida Derby became the first stakes in Florida with a $100,000 purse.


The 1955 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year Swaps set a then world-record of 1:39⅗ for a mile and 70 yards while carrying 130 pounds in the 1956 Broward Handicap. The following year, Gen. Duke equaled the world record for 1⅛ miles in 1:46⅘ to defeat Bold Ruler in the Florida Derby.


In 1959, a new era at Gulfstream began with the opening of its world-acclaimed turf course. In 1961, the track unveiled what was then the world’s largest tote board. Gulfstream played host its first Breeders’ Cup in 1989, highlighted by the Classic showdown between Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence and Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer. Gulfstream hosted the Breeders’ Cup again in 1992 and 1999.


In 1990, Gulfstream was purchased by Bertram R. Firestone. The track was bought by Magna Entertainment Corporation in 1999 for $95 million. In 2010, the ownership of the track was taken over by Magna parent MI Developments, Inc. (MID). The track is currently owned by The Stronach Group since July 3, 2011.


In 2017, Gulfstream hosted the first Pegasus World Cup, which featured a record purse of $12 million. The 2018 edition of the race saw the purse raised to $16 million.