Gulfstream Racing

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In modern times horseracing courses are increasingly diversifying onto other leisure areas and incorporating additional entertainment and gambling facilities on-site.
A popular option is to combine the racing with a casino and these so called 'racinos' are proving to be a big hit.

Gulfstream Racing, inside rail One such establishment is Gulfstream Park in Florida; opened as a race track in 1939 and redeveloped with a casino in 2006. Gulfstream racing takes place from January through to April and forms an integral part of the American racing calendar.

The benefits of adding a casino to a horse racing venue are twofold. Firstly, it gives visitors the opportunity to for an all encompassing leisure experience but it also helps increase the value and status of the races themselves through increased attendances and revenue.

Gulfstream Park also has a history of staging music and other entertainment events at a location outside the grandstand with racegoers able to enjoy the show for their standard race admission.

When it comes to Gulfstream racing there are two tracks, an outer dirt track in an oval of 1 1/8 miles and a turf track a mile in circumference. Both play host to a wide selection of races including the Grade I fixtures the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

The highlight Grade I event is the Florida Derby, held in March and there are many further Grade II, III and ungraded races to enjoy throughout the season. New developments in the complex include an extended range of dining options to enhance any race day or casino experience.

Choose from the cheap and cheerful options from the menu at Deuces Cafe or some fine dining within the stylish and elegant environment of Ten Palms, a 1000 seat trackside restaurant which offers a la carte dining from the last race up to 10pm and delicious buffet lunches till 4pm.

Popular Miami Beach restaurant, Christine Lee's is also found within the third floor and, open until midnight, presents the characteristic steaks, sushi and Asian specialities for which it has become so rightly renowned.
Gulfstream Racing, winner

The Finish Line Deli offers casino patrons on the first floor convenient dining opportunities till 1am and for the best social environment there is the Breezeway Bar, an open air venue in which to enjoy cocktails and good times while taking in the best of the Gulfstream racing action. The Breezeway Bar is open till 11pm each night.

Gulfstream Racing, photo finish A range of themed entertainment nights and special events are held throughout the season and the most recent addition to the complex is the Village, where a combination of shopping, dining and leisure facilities add to the overall appeal for visitors.

Group reservations provide the best way for groups of 20 people or more to enjoy a classic fine dining raceday experience. The package includes reserved seating for the full day within Ten Palms Restaurant, a comprehensive buffet, a glass of wine per person, racecard, and a betting voucher.

A further option for corporate guests is to sponsor a race, which includes a named race with winners circle photograph.

Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think! “Do it in style”, there's nothing nicer than being waited on royally during your day at the races!

Located adjacent to the Ten Palms are a selection of private suites and boxes which represent the ultimate in exclusivity, style and luxury for raceday. With catering supplied by Christine Lee's, superb track views and CCTV screens to ensure all guests can keep up with the Gulfstream racing action there is no better way to enjoy a day at the races. Additional suites and facilities are available to suit a range of requirements for business meetings and private celebrations.