Live Thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park will resume Thursday, Apr. 6 on the first day of the Royal Palm Meet.
The Royal Palm Meet will get underway with live racing conducted Thursday through Sunday with a first-race post time set for 12:40 p.m. The Royal Palm Meet’s stakes schedule includes 42 stakes worth $3.945 million through Dec. 2.
The $100,000 Royal Palm Juvenile and the $100,000 Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies, contested May 13, will provide the winner of each of the five-furlong turf stakes an automatic berth into one of six stakes for 2-year-olds at Royal Ascot in June, as well as a $25,000 equine travel stipend, in addition to the winner’s share of the purse.
The $200,000 GII Princess Rooney, which has been customarily featured on the Summit of Speed program in early July, has been repositioned on the schedule for the upcoming meet. The seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, a traditional ‘Win and You’re In’ qualifier for the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, will be renewed on Sept. 30.
The schedule for the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida has also been adjusted to allow more spacing between races. The FFS series will kick off Sept. 9 with the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies and $100,000 Dr. Fager at six furlongs. The $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies and the $200,000 Affirmed at seven furlongs will be contested Oct. 21, while the $300,000 My Dear Girl for fillies and $300,000 In Reality at 1 1/16 miles will be run Dec. 2. The $100,000 GIII Smile Sprint will be run July 1, supported by the $75,000 Bob Umphrey Sprint, a five-furlong turf sprint.
Gulfstream patrons will be able to watch and wager on the full cards of the upcoming Triple Crown events. Daily simulcasting of the Saratoga season will also be offered, in addition to racing signals throughout the country.