A four-day meeting sparked the opening of Gulfstream Park in 1939, at Hallandale Beach, Florida with 18,000 spectators, and this marked the beginning of success for the racetrack. Years later, in 1952, it held its first running of the Florida Derby, which later became the first stakes in Florida with a $100,000 purse.

Gulfstream Park took stardom in stride but didn’t stop there. It introduced turf racing for the first time in 1959, with its world-acclaimed turf course, and soon afterward installed the world’s largest tote board for that time. It all paid off, and Gulfstream Park’s big break came by in 1972 when it was awarded "middle dates" for a January through April meeting that lasted 40 days. Its stature and acknowledgment within the horseracing word were further defined and boosted with its hosting of the 1989, 1992 and 1999 editions of the Breeders' Cup. In 2004, the track began a renovation of the grandstand and clubhouse, adding slot machines to the mix.

Gulfstream Park now hosts all the races in the series known as the Sunshine Millions. The Stronach Group became the owner of Gulfstream Park in 2011.

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Gulfstream Park Racetrack Facts:

  • Racecourse type: dirt, turf
  • Location: Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Purse: 100,000,000.
  • Venue capacity: 10,000 spectators.
  • Track length: 1 mile oval, 7 furlong turf oval.
  • Important track records: 160 national thoroughbred champions have competed at the track..