Bet on the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap
The $300,000 Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap is a premier race that attracts some of the top male grass horses in the country. Run in early February at Gulfstream, the race signifies the first Grade 1 race of the calendar year in the United States. Since its inception in 1986, the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap has gained prestige and in recent years has drawn winners of the Kentucky Derby, Dubai World Cup, Arlington Million, Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile, Santa Anita Handicap, and Man o’ War Stakes. The race is currently run at a distance of a mile and an eighth.
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2017 Gulfstream Turf Handicap Contenders
With Shining Copper and jockey Joel Rosario sitting on a four-length lead after a half mile in easy fractions, it looked like the Chad Brown trainee was home free for a win in the 2016 Turf Handicap. But as the field turned for home, other contenders got after the leader, and after a long drive through the entire stretch, Ontario-bred Lukes Alley was the one to eventually wear down the frontrunner and capture his first Grade 1 stake by a neck. Based at Woodbine and trained by Josie Carroll, Lukes Alley was making his second start at Gulfstream, having run second in the (G2) Fort Lauderdale in early January. He now has 8 wins and 4 second-place finishes in 14 career starts. Third behind Shining Copper was All Included, with heavy favorite The Pizza Man running fifth.
2016 Results Win Place Show
1) Lukes Alley 12.20 5.20 3.60
2) Shining Copper 5.00 3.60
2) All Included 5.80
(Also Ran: Takeover Target, The Pizza Man, Triple Threat, Legendary, Eh Cumpari)
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Did you know?
In recent years, the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap has attracted some of the very best horses in the world. The mile and an eighth distance makes for some intriguing matchups as the top milers in the country stretch out an extra furlong, while the top distance horses shorten up. In 2013, Point of Entry defeated 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in a matchup that captured the attention of even the most casual racing fans.
In 2006, Einstein won his first Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap launching a career that would also see him win the 2008 Clark Handicap and 2009 Santa Anita Handicap. Einstein won the 2008 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap as well to become the only two-time winner of the race. The 2009 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap went to the six year-old Kip Deville, who won the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile and was named Champion Male Turf Horse the same year. Court Vision won the 2010 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap before winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile the next year. 2013 winner, Point of Entry returned to the races after narrowly losing the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf some three months earlier. 2007 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap winner Jambalaya went on to capture the Grade 1 Arlington Million later in the year.