NO CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE: GULFSTREAM EXCLUSIVE HOST OF 2012 SUNSHINE MILLIONS
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it will be the exclusive host for the January 28 Florida Sunshine Millions Day.
The revamped Florida version of the Sunshine Millions will feature six races at Gulfstream Park, exclusively for Florida-breds, with a combined purse of $1.3 million. The previous nine editions of the Sunshine Millions showcased horses bred in Florida and California with the six races divided evenly between Gulfstream and Santa Anita.
“We’re excited about this new version of the Sunshine Millions,” said Gulfstream Park President and GM Timothy Ritvo. “It will be the same six races at the same six distances. The purses have been adjusted slightly due to the fact there will be no participation from California.
“While our friends in California will not be competing in the Florida Sunshine Millions, the management and staff at Gulfstream are excited to build on the vision and model of our Chairman, Mr. Frank Stronach.”
The six Florida Sunshine Millions races will be:
$400,000 Classic, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
$300,000 Distaff, 4-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/8th mile
$150,000 Turf, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
$150,000 Filly & Mare Turf, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8th mile
$150,000 Sprint, 4-year-olds and up, six furlongs
$150,000 Filly & Mare Sprint, 4-year-olds and up, six furlongs