With Stronger Horse Population Sticking Around, Gulfstream Plans To Add Overnight Stakes

Gulfstream Park will add several overnight stakes races to the upcoming schedule, vice president of racing Mike Lakow told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday, due to ongoing changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

With many northern tracks shut down to racing for the foreseeable future, horsemen have stayed put instead of shipping out of Gulfstream at the end of the winter meet. The quality of horses at Gulfstream is higher than it normally would be this time of year, so Lakow plans to card races for those horses beginning with the new condition book on April 23.

A 1 1/16-mile overnight handicap for 3-year-olds will be carded on April 25, and Lakow said another 3-year-old overnight stakes at the same distance could be carded down the road. Other likely stakes options include a turf route for older horses and several turf sprints.

“We’ve also had a lot of horsemen express interest in coming down here, but we have a strict policy that all horses coming into Florida must first be quarantined somewhere in the state other than at our training centers for two weeks, with no humans allowed to accompany any of the horses,” Lakow told the Daily Racing Form. “All horses entered to race are also screened to make sure they have been in the state for two weeks before being allowed to train or run at a Stronach track. We’re doing everything in our power to protect our population here, both human and equine, as best we can under the current situation.”

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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