Gulfstream West racing open with limited amenities

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Horseracing season at Gulfstream Park West — the former Calder Race Course — resumed in Miami Gardens on Oct. 4 and runs until Nov. 26.

Eight daily races are held from Wednesdays to Fridays with 10 on Saturdays and Sundays. Post time is 1:15.

The public is welcome to watch and wager, but amenities are limited.

“We tore down the grandstands and there’s no simulcasting. You can only bet on the races in front of you,” says senior racing ambassador Nancy Berry. “There are programs and machines and a food truck, and there’s limited seating under a tent.”

The races fulfill a state regulation that says for a casino to operate, it must be attached to a pari-mutuel. For Calder Casino (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderCasino.com), that’s Gulfstream Park West, which leases the track.

Pegasus back in January

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) recently announced that the second annual Pegasus World Cup Invitational will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27.

In the inaugural running, billed as “the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race,” the purse was $12 million. The winner, Arrogate, earned $7 million by defeating Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome and 10 other horses.

Wagered that day was $40.2 million, which demolished Gulfstream’s previous high handle of $32.1 million from the 2016 Florida Derby

For the upcoming race, the stakes have reached $16 million. Tickets ($75-$1,000) are available at PegasusWorldCup.com.

Adopt a greyhound

Until the end of October, Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) is sponsoring free greyhound adoptions, which otherwise can cost around $250.

The facility is partnering with local nonprofits to find homes for the dogs that are being retired from racing. Applications are offered online and potential adopters are then interviewed.

Poker Open in November

Dates for South Florida’s next huge poker tournament have been announced. The Seminole Hard Rock Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open will take place from Nov. 15 to Nov. 29 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com).

This year’s open presents 17 events over 15 days, including the championship that has a purse of $2 million with buy-ins at $3,500.

First up is the Ultimate Re-Entry, which will pay out at least $500,000 after $360 buy-ins. According to a press release, it’s “a one-of-a-kind event that will offer eight starting flights beginning Nov. 15. Players will earn $2,500 Multi-Stack Payouts for each day they bag after their first. Those who advance will carry their largest chip stack forward and all Day 2 players are guaranteed a payout.”

Last year, the open attracted more than 5,000 entries, which the Hard Rock touts as the largest poker tournament in the state’s history.

Isle tourney continues

Week 2 of the Isle Open Poker Tournament, running until Oct. 31 at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com), saw lots more action, including a no-limit hold’em seniors championship for players 50 and older. It ended in a three-way deal with Royal Palm Beach’s George Miro taking home the trophy and $2,535.

In the $360 no-limit hold’em with a $200,000 purse, Tampa’s James Brinkley came in first. He won $30,343.

 

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