Sunday, June 26, 2016

Field Sizes Rising at Gulfstream

Barring any late scratches, Gulfstream Park will have 91 starters in 11 races on Sunday.

That is an average of 8.3 starters per race, and is an early indication of the larger fields that Gulfstream expected after it recently shifted from a Wednesday-Sunday racing schedule to a Thursday-Sunday schedule.  

Based on our review of Equibase data, here are Gulfstream's average field sizes for the four weeks of this June:

*June 1-5 (5 days, 48 races)     -- 7.5

*June 8-12 (5 days, 44 races)   -- 7.7
*June 16-19 (4 days, 38 races) -- 8.2
*June  23-26 (4 days, 40 races) -- 8.4

Gulfstream has 2,000 horses available--a combination  of stables at its home track, its Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach and Calder (where it is leasing 430 stalls).

The three locations have a capacity of about 2,800 stalls--and are always at full capacity during the track's championship meet from December through March.

Gulfstream averaged  9.1 starters per race during its 2015-2016 championship meet,

Gulfstream will end its three-month spring meet this Thursday June 30.  On Friday, we will have reports on handle  and field sizes for the meet, based on a combination of data from Gulfstream  and our own research.
--Jim Freer

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