Florida Derby week: Ms. Gulfstream, slots, poker and other promotions

The Florida Derby is still more than a week away, but there's all kinds of activities leading up to it at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino.

Among them are:

Ms. Racing Queen Finale: 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Sport of Kings Theater. One woman will be chosen to represent The Stronach Group as an ambassador to the Thoroughbred Racing Industry.

2013 Florida Derby Golf Tournament:  March 26 at Westin Diplomat Golf Course

To register:

 Slot Tournament: 4-9 p.m. March 27 on the first floor. Buy-in is $100 and yields $10,000 in cash and free play.

Pill Pull: 11 a.m. March 28 at 10 Palms. Post position draw for the Florida Derby are drawn. Tickets are $35 (available at 10 Palms). Admission includes buffet, chance to mingle with jockeys, owners, trainers press and celebrities.

Poker Tournament: 6:30 p.m. March 28. Buy In: $150 = 4,000 Starting Units with unlimited re-buys during the first three rounds. Single re-buys available to players at or below 2,000 units. After re-buy period, an add-on is available: $40 = 4,000. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Jockey’s Fund. Call 954-457-6336 for details

Cocktails & Horse Tails in the Walking Ring on March 29: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. is Florida Derby Cap Giveaway (Breezeway); 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Party in the Walking Ring for VIPs; 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. open to the public. $10.

The race itself is Saturday. Breakfast is $8 at the Tiki Hut; the first post is at 12:30 p.m. The Sport of Kings BBQ Buffet is $50 per person. Call 954-457-6201. Purchase of a program yields a pin and buying a seat in Silks, the Grandstand or 10 Palms nets a polo shirt1:45 p.m.-3 p.m. After the final race is a party at the park in the walking ring, with a free live concert.

Easter Brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at 10 Palms. $50 for adults, $25 for children under 10. Because after this week, a lot of people are going to fuel up.

And if you're into the history of the race, or more details on the events, Gulfstream's web site for the event,, has a lot more info on the week.


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