Gulstream Park Racing and Casino
Gulfstream Park is a racetrack that heats up during the winter months, becoming one of the most popular and exciting racing venues in the country. Gulfstream Park is located in Hallandale Beach, FL, a small but expanding community of less than 40.000 inhabitants who are also catered for by the Mardi Gras Casino. Gulfstream Park is owned by the Stronach Group who own similar venues across the country, including Golden Gate Fields in California, Portland Meadows in Oregon and the Bowie Race Track in Maryland.
Founded in 1939, this flat course is home to a number of graded and non-graded races and has a dirt track and a turf track, both of which are just over a mile in length. Gulfstream Park is a racing hotspot during the first few months of the year and is also used as an entertainment venue, attracting timeless rockersthe Grateful Dead—among others —through its gates during its 80+ year history.
If you want to witness some of the best horses in one of the hottest racing seasons in the country, then you’ll struggle to do better than Gulfstream Park. This is where the best of the best race, with some of the most promising horses and most gifted riders making a beeline for Gulfstream Park every year. Live races are available for much of the year, with the pick of the action taking place during the first few months. There is also a Simulcasting room which remains open throughout the year, here punters can place bets on races from across the country, watching their horses romp home on one of the many screens.
Gulfstream Park is home to champion jockeys such as Edgard J. Zayas, Ramsey Zimmerman and Abdiel Jaen, and leading trainers Giuseppe Iadisernia and Rasharn Creque. This is the place to be for anyone involved in the racing world in Florida and across the Southern states.
Let the Games Begin
The game of poker is growing year on year in the United States, and in places such as Nevada and Florida it’s huge. Most casinos and racetracks have poker rooms and Gulfstream Park is no exception. In the Gulfstream Park Poker Room guests can enjoy limit and no-limit games of Hold’em, Omaha and Seven Card Stud, with buy-ins ranging from just $20, all the way up to $1500. These games are all cash games and although the competition can be very high —especially at the larger stakes —it’s still a very friendly and relaxed environment.
There are also over 860 slot machines at Gulfstream Park, with the latest and greatest games available. The majority of these games come with bonus rounds and progressive jackpots, which means you can scoop a small fortune from just a few cents. The latest games at Gulfstream Park include Fireball 2 After Burn, Wolf Mountain, Kamak, 88 Fortunes and Prizeball Dragon.
Gulfstream Park is more than just gambling venue, so if you tire of the tables and the track then head inside the onsite facility, which is known as The Village. Here you can restyle your wardrobe at Lilly McKay, Back2Back or Blu Ice, redesign your home or pick up that perfect sound system at Bang & Olufsen, Pottery Barn and West Elm, or find the perfect clothes or gift for your little ones at Cool de Sac, Liapela Modern Baby and Gabriel & Ko. There is even a Zumba fitness centre and a Fate Nightclub, and if you prefer to relax with a few quiet cocktails in a calming atmosphere, then the Martina Bar could be just what you are looking for.
If you’re feeling peckish and have a hole to fill, then fear not as there are plenty of restaurants available in The Village. The Mijana is the hottest new restaurant in the resort, serving up fresh and spicy Lebanese food throughout the day. If you prefer the typical American fare of hotdogs, burgers and fine fusion food, then check out American Pie Brick Oven Pizza. There is also a sushi restaurant and an Italian restaurant located within The Village, as well as a Haagen-Dazs, so you can wash all of that spicy food down with some creamy, indulgent treats.
Even if you don’t like gambling and have no intention of blowing your holiday fund on a turn of the card or a roll of the dice, then The Village is still worth a visit. This resort has everything you could ever need and provides the perfect day-out for the family, with regular events such as the Cartoon Network: Move it Movement, which caters solely for young ones and keeps them entertained whilst you shop, eat, drink or gamble.
Hallandale Beach may be small, but as evidenced by Gulfstream Park and the neighboring Mardi Gras Casino, it clearly has big ambitions.