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Gulfstream Park | Tampa Bay Downs

Live Florida horse racing at Florida's two live thoroughbred race tracks, Gulfstream Park is in Hallandale Beach, FL, and Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa, FL. Gulfstream Park offers live horse racing year round racing while Tampa Bay Downs hosts a winter-spring schedule.

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Live Racing Dates all Year at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Dec 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024 - Gulfstream Park’s championship meet, features the Grade 1, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) on Jan. 27 and the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on March 30. The Florida Derby has graduated the most winners of the Kentucky Derby at 24.

The Championship Meet will offer 68 stakes 2023-24 with total purses of $14.875 million. The stakes schedule kicks off Dec. 2 with the finals of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by nominated Florida stallions. And the In Reality and the My Dear Girl for fillies, both at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Gulfstream Park Royal Palm Meet April 2024 - August 2024 Thursday - Sunday. The Royal Palm meet features several stakes races.
Gulfstream Park Sunshine Meet is September 1, 2023 - November 26, 2023 Thursday - Sunday. The Sunshine meet is highlighted by the $200,000 Princess Rooney Invitational (G3) Oct. 7. The seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares is a "Win and You're in" Breeders' Cup Challenge Series event that offers the winner a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly Mare Sprint.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing Live at Gulfstream Park

Thoroughbred horse racing has always been one of America's most widely attended spectator sports. Florida's premier thoroughbred racing is featured at Gulfstream Park midway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, many of the horses raced at Gulfstream have been bred in Florida, and Florida thoroughbreds are always strong contenders throughout the country.

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Gulfstream Park is a beautiful horse racing track that also includes a fantastic casino, exclusive shops, and several highly-rated restaurants. And, admission and parking are free at Gulfstream Park except during Pegasus World Cup and the Florida Derby. Valet parking services are available.

Pegasus World Cup 2024

The Pegasus World Cup will be held January 27, 2024 at Gulfstream Park will feature eight stakes, seven of which have been granted graded status.

The Pegasus World Cup is an annual horse racing event held at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida. The event features the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes, which is run over a distance of 9 furlongs and is one of the richest horse races in the world. The race day attracts A-list celebrity attendees, fashion icons, influencers, and avid fans to catch a glimpse of the sport’s most iconic event of the year.

That day at Gulfstream will also include the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational on the new turf course and $500,000 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf. The turf course is schedule to host 38 stakes races during the meet.

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The Florida Derby March 20, 2024

This end of the winter horse racing season at Gulfstream Park serves as key Kentucky Derby lead up race, featuring many Florida bred horses. The Florida Derby is a Grade 1 American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses and is run over a distance of 9 furlongs.

The race day is a spectacle on and off the track, attracting celebrities, television and film personalities, as well as the industry’s top horse owners, trainers, and jockeys. The Florida Derby race day features a week-long celebration of the world's best horses and jockeys competing for the coveted title of Florida Derby Winner on their road to the Triple Crown. The 2023 Florida Derby was won by Forte with a purse of $1,000,000.

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Gulfstream Park Casino

picture of Florida casinoOpen 365 days a year, Gulfstream Park seamlessly integrates the thrills of horse racing and excitement of 200 slots and electronic game tables. Gulfstream Park Casino has the newest slots and exciting video table games to offer a fun and realistic experience. The Poker Room has 20 tables spreading all of the popular cash games, hosts numerous tournaments, and offers great promotions for players.

The Village at Gulfstream Park

A full retail and entertainment complex, The Village, was built around the racing, slots casino, and poker room. The Village features 20 restaurants, bars, and nightspots plus upscale shops. Some are only open during the Winter Season, but many are open all year for Park guests.

Restaurants at Gulfstream Park

Ten Palms Trackside Restaurant - Reservations Recommended. With breathtaking views of the legendary Gulfstream Park racetrack, Ten Palms offers a spectacular menu featuring an upscale take on racetrack favorites. Wager from the comfort of your seat while you watch the excitement of live racing and real-time simulcasts from all over the world.

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JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

Convenient located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, in Aventura, Florida, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is a tropical oasis near Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL. Shop the neighboring Aventura Mall or access the beach via the resort's complimentary shuttle. JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is a Forbes Travel Guide recommended hotel.

The Guitar Hotel

The Guitar Hotel is a special feature of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. Additionally, this fabulous guitar shaped hotel features one of the finest casinos in the southeast and is a trendy spot on the Gold Coast of Florida. The Guitar Hotel is only a few minutes from famous Gulfstream Park and its Village featuring over 20 restaurants and upscale shops.

Tampa Bay Downs Live Racing

Silks Poker Room

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Tampa Bay Downs live racing season is November 22, 2023 through May 4, 2024 . As one of the two remaining live Thoroughbred race tracks in Florida, Tampa Bay Downs also offers a poker room, as well as simulcast racing throughout the year. Simulcast calendar.

Silks Poker Room

The Silks 25-table poker room at Tampa Bay Downs offers daily live action games and poker tournaments. Dining and complimentary beverages are served in a comfortable card playing environment. Silks Poker Room offers Texas Hold'em, No Limit Hold'em and multi-table tournaments.

Tampa Bay Downs Live Racing November 22, 2023 - May 4, 2024

Live racing at Tampa Bay Downs begins again in November 2023 with a 91 day live racing season ending in May 2024. Live race days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday except for Christmas and Easter. Additionally, Tampa Bay Downs offers simulcast horse race viewing and betting all year.

Tampa Bay Derby March 24, 2024

The 1 1⁄16-mile Tampa Bay Derby (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, like the Florida Derby, is a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Despite facing Gulfstream Pak competition to attract the best 3-year-olds in Florida, the Tampa Bay Derby has more than held its own as a productive prep for the Kentucky Derby in May. The Tampa Bay Derby offers 100 Derby qualification points to the top five finishers, divided on a 50-25-15-10-5 basis.

Festival of Racing at Tampa Bay Downs June 2024

A special one day live racing meet at Tampa Bay Downs.

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Popular Searches for Horse Racing Tracks in Florida

Miami Horse Race Track - The closest Thoroughbred racing track to Miami is Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. Conveniently located, Gulfstream Park and Casino is just twenty minutes north of Miami, FL.

Horse Racing Fort Lauderdale - The closest live horse racing track to Fort Lauderdale is Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL which is just fifteen minutes south of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Florida Keys Horse Racing - The closest Thoroughbred racing track to Key West and the Florida Keys is Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL, which is several hours from the Florida Keys depending on where you are in the Keys.

Horse Racing Orlando - The closest Thoroughbred racing track to Orlando is Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa, FL. which is about an hour from Orlando. Tampa Bay Downs hosts live Thoroughbred racing from late November through early May and features the Tampa Bay Derby. Tampa Bay Downs also offers a Poker Room and Simulcast betting throughout the year.

Gulfstream Park West, aka Calder Race Course, held it's first race on May 6th, 1971 and held its last race on November 28th, 2020. After nearly 50 years of racing and even a name change (Gulfstream Park West), the horse racing track, closed its doors.

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