Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gulfstream Handles Almost $20 Million on Holy Bull Day

Gulfstream Park had all-sources handle of $19,775,702 on Saturday for a 12-race card that included the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (Grade 2) for 3-year-olds.

For the comparable Holy Bull Day card last year, on Jan. 26, Gulfstream had all-sources handle (total handle) of $17,073,241 for 12 races.

On both days, the weather was clear and no races were taken off the turf.

Breakdowns on live and off-site handle are not readily available.

Saturday’s handle was the second-largest for Gulfstream’s 2016-2017 championship meet that began Dec. 3.

On Saturday Jan, 28, which included the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (Grade 1). Gulfstream had all-sources handle of $40,217,924 for 12 races.

That was Gulfstream’s largest all-sources handle except for days when it held the Breeders’ Cup in 1989, 1992 and 1999.

Gulfstream’s second highest non-Breeders’ Cup handle was $32,082,270 for 14 races on April 2, 2016—which included the Florida Derby (Grade 1).
--Jim Freer


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