HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Friday Oct. 2 –Gulfstream Park will have 11 races today with first post time of 1:15 p.m.
The main track is fast and the turf course is listed as firm. Four races are scheduled for turf.
There are no stakes races. One attraction will be the still-close race for the trainer’s championship between Ralph Nicks and Antonio Sano.
Today is the second-to-last day of Gulfstream’s summer meet that began July 1.
On meet-closing day tomorrow, Gulfstream will have six stakes races–including the third and final races in the four divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes Series. We will have previews of the Sire Stakes races this afternoon and tomorrow morning.
This coming Wednesday, Gulfstream will begin its second Gulfstream Park West meet at Calder. The meet will be 40 days, Wednesdays through Sundays. and end on Nov. 29. First post will be 1:15 p.m. during October, and a to-be-determined time in November.
*Tyler Gaffalione rode four winners on Thursday, increasing his meet-leading total to 78. Eddie Castro rode one winner, and is second in the standings with 53.
*Nicks had one winner yesterday and Sano had two. With two days left in the meet, Nicks leads Sano, 33-29. Nicks has three entries today and six tomorrow. Sano has five entries today and three tomorrow.
* Gulfstream’s all-sources handle for yesterday’s 11 races was $4,631,828. There were 93 starters, for an average of 8.5 per race.
Our preliminary research indicates that for its summer meet Gulfstream’s daily average all-sources handle has been about $4.5 million and average starters per race has been around 8.5. For last year’s summer meet the averages were about $3.5 million and 9.2 starters per race.
This summer, Gulfstream’s daily handle has generally been third in the country–trailing Belmont or Saratoga in New York State and Santa Anita or Del Mar in California.
Friday at Gulfstream: Four Races on Turf; Nicks and Sano Vie for Trainer's Title.