Gulfstream Park begins its winter racing season Saturday, with its usual slate of big races and one more that’s even bigger: The $12 Million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28.
The entry fee for each of the 12 horses in the race is $1 million. California Chrome, who won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, is entered.
Gulfstream President P.J. Campo calls the facility “a three-headed monster” and the racing handle has grown significantly because the track went from a four-month meet to year-round racing, muscling out nearby Calder Race Course by paying higher purses and offering more incentives for trainers and jockeys.
This year, Gulfstream is peppering racing cards with giveaways. Saturday features a free wall calendar and microfiber cloth keychain. Gifts will be handed out at the North and South entry points beginning at noon, which is post time on opening day.
The other giveaways are from 1-3 p.m., and require purchase of a handicapper program, Daily Racing Form, or Ten Palms Buffet. Gulfstream officials note there is a limit on how many of each item is available.
Dec. 10: Gulfstream Park Pegasus Ornament in velvet pouch.
Jan. 1: Racing collage tote bag.
Jan. 14: Musical bottle opener.
Jan. 22: Pegasus picnic blanket.
Feb. 4: Holy Bull long sleeved T-Shirt.
Feb. 18: Ladies Day surprise.
Feb. 25: Jockey Photo Tumbler. Gift with $10 minimum donation to PDJF. No other purchase required.
March 5: Oversized beach towel.
March 25: Florida Derby 2017 commemorative glass.
April 2: Retractable umbrella with sleeve.
The races will generally start at 12:35 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
Meanwhile, Gulfstream will hold a “Post It to Win It” Instagram contest. Shoppers are invited to take a selfie at any of the home stores, art galleries or boutiques with an item they would like to win (such as an espresso maker, a tree full of ornaments, a new sofa). Participants must post the photo to Instagram by Dec. 23, mention the store and use the hashtag #WinItAtGulfstream for a chance to win. One winner will be selected each week. Follow on Instagram @ShopGulfstream.