Things to Do in South Florida This Racing Season
Gulfstream Racetrack - the hottest (no pun intended) racetrack on the East Coast during the winter months. The Gulfstream Championship Meet runs from December 3rd through April 2nd. During this time, the most recognized faces and names in the racing industry compete. Owned by the Stronach Group, the track was opened in 1939 and is located in Hallandale Beach.
Gulfstream Park holds several important horse racing dates. It’s most famous for being the home of the $1 million Florida Derby, a key Triple Crown prep that will be run for the 66th time this year. Sunshine Millions day is January 21st and features five stake races worth a total of $900,000 in purses. The March 4th Fountain of Youth Stakes is another important Kentucky Derby prep race run in South Florida.
The inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup is being run on January 28th. West Point is participating in this marquee event with graded stakes winner Breaking Lucky.
The Fasig-Tipton 2-Year-Old in Training Sale is held March 1st at Gulfstream. On the Monday before the sale, the 2-year-olds perform under tack on the racetrack for potential buyers. The live auction is then held Wednesday evening in the paddock. The Green Monkey sold for $16 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old in training sale held at Calder Racecourse!
Gulfstream Park has so much to offer. The grounds hold not only a racetrack, but a casino, several restaurants, shops, and even a bowling alley! One of the great things about Gulfstream is its location. Besides being in warm and sunny South Florida, it’s only 21 miles North of the heart of Miami, 12 miles South of Fort Lauderdale, and 65 miles South of West Palm Beach.
Here are some things you can do in South Florida, while visiting Gulfstream Park. Make a fun trip out of your visit to the Sunshine State!
1. South Beach
This popular destination has beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels, fabulous shopping, a world known party scene. The FontaineBleau is a historic and well-known landmark in the city of Miami. An upscale and elegant hotel, you will often find celebrities staying at the FontaineBleau on vacation or performing at its nightclub venue, LIV.
Not only does this location have a casino inside the hotel, the grounds hold several shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars, music venues, a spa, and nearby golf courses.
5. Miami sports