Gulfstream Park Casino and Racing has done an excellent job melding horse racing, casino life and night life at its Hallandale Beach property this week.
Gamblers who aren't hard-core racing fans have plenty of reason to feel included. There's a poker tournament and a slot tournament.
Overall, here are the activities:
What: Eclipse Award Week at Gulfstream
When: Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Sunday, Jan. 20
Where: Gulfstream Park
Sunday, Jan. 13-18: Silent auction for travel, art and sports enthusiasts. Featured items include tickets to the U.S. Open, tickets, airfare and accommodations to the 2013 Breeders' Cup, racing packages to Del Mar and Saratoga, accommodations at several hotels, including the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, the official hotel of the Eclipse Awards. Also up for auction are stallion seasons, photographs by Barbara Livingston, and a basketball signed by Miami Heat President Pat Riley. Go to biddingforgood.com/gpaftercare to register. Proceeds benefit the Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program.
Tuesday, Jan. 15: Eclipse Golf Tournament at Diplomat Golf Resort. Sold out. Post time is Noon. Registration is 11 a.m. For sponsorships call Susan Stofsky at 954.455.6672. Portions of the proceeds to benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Wednesday, Jan 16: Slots Tournament at Gulfstream Park with $10,000 in cash and prizes. Post time is 6:30 p.m. There is a $100 buy-in and limited to 200 players. Portions of proceeds benefit The Race for Education. Live racing begins at 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 17: $10,000 Poker Tournament at Gulfstream. Post time is 6:30 p.m. in first floor Poker Room. Compete against Hall of Fame trainers and jockeys. Seats available by calling 954.454.7000. Portions of proceeds benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Live racing begins at 12:45 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18: Eclipse Cocktail Party at Gulfstream. Private party from 7-9 p.m. Public invited beginning at 9 p.m. with cash bar. Live auction by Walt Robertson and featuring the photographs of Barbara Livingston. Silent and live auction to benefit Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program. Live racing begins at 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Breakfast at Gulfstream. Post time is 7:15. Win one of five iPad minis with the purchase of all-you-can-eat buffet. Free barn tours beginning at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19: The $1.3 million Florida Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream. Post time is 12:45 p.m. For reservations in Ten Palms call 954.455.6760. For grandstand seats go to gulfstreampark.com or call 954.457.6201. Live racing begins at 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19: The 42nd annual Eclipse Awards. Post time 7 p.m. in Sport of Kings. Sold out. The public is invited to watch a live broadcast of the Eclipse Awards on the three LED screens in Gulfstream's walking ring beginning at 8 p.m. Live racing begins 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19-20: Gulfstream First Chance/Last Chance Handicapping Tournament. Top two overall finishers earn a seat at the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Registration is $400 ($200 entry fee, $200 bankroll). For more information go to http://www.gulfstreampark.com/racing/handicapping/gp-handicapping-challenge or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Jan. 20: ThoroFan Awards Brunch to honor Louis and Patrice Wolfson, owners and breeders of Affirmed, and Fan of the Year Ryan Brady. Post time is 9 a.m. in Ten Palms. Price is $60. Featured speakers are Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito and national handicapping competition winner Michael Beychok. Live racing begins at 12:45 p.m. Featured race is the $100,000 Kitten's Joy.