The Home of The Florida Derby
The Track by the Sea!
Gulfstream Park opened on Feb. 1, 1939, attracting a crowd of 18,000 that wagered $224,287 for the first of the four days of racing. After being closed for four years, James Donn Sr. took over the track and reopened for a 20-day meeting in 1944, followed by a 40-day stand in 1945 that yielded daily averages of 10,699 in attendance and $714,801 in handle. Thoroughbred racing continued to flourish and, in 1952, the Florida Derby was inaugurated. The following year, the