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Sun Times Feature Story

Raising The Bar For Summer

Gulstream Park unveils its Twilight Racing Fridays with live music and food/drink specials

By Larry Blustein

If you have lived in South Florida for any length of time, you already know that businesses get very creative during the summer months.

From buy one, get one free to other ideas that will serve as a lure to get people in your door, the five months ahead are challenging - and for some - even rewarding.

One of the area businesses to get the ball rolling this summer is Gulfstream Park. The popular entertainment, racing and dining destination has jumped into that “you have to be competitive and different to survive the summer” mode with the its Twilight Racing Fridays.

Last Friday, with stormy weather predicted - which is a summer pattern that we all have to get used to - Gulfstream Park came alive, and those who came out for the evening, enjoyed all seven plus hours.

Glenn Reese and his girlfriend Holly Moses came from Boynton Beach to take in the unique mix that this property has to offer. They were both impressed - and found that coming 50 miles was well worth it.

“This is like going on a vacation for us,” Reese said. “We had heard about this from a friend who comes down here for dinner every once in a while. I have to tell you that we loved it.”

With top-flight restaurants and so many shops to choose from, the mixed use property certainly offers something for just about everyone.

Each Friday through September 1, Twilight Racing Fridays, with a first race post time of 2:15 p.m., will feature an evening with numerous food and drink specials, giveaways and drawings, and live music.

Many of the signature eateries will have outstanding specials. Places like Ten Palms, which will offer $8 bar bites, $15 plate specials and ladies will have free Sangria. Tito’s Bar and the Breezeway Bar will offer 2-for-1 well drinks and specials on La Rubia bottles and draft. There will be a losing $10 ticket drawing on Races 1-5 for a chance to win tablets, televisions and phones and there will also be horse racing bingo.

3PM - 7PM
Unwind at one of over 13 happy hour hotspots right here at Gulfstream Park!

4:30PM - 7:30PM
Heat up your Friday night with drink specials and Latin flair offered at Ten Palms, the Breezeway Bar, and Tito's Bar!


7 - 9PM
Bring the kids? No problem! Gulfstream Park also offers free family fun every Friday night! Dance with a live DJ and your favorite characters every week!

One of the big draws so far has been the entertainment. That is what brought Kala Ruggerio and her friends from North Miami. After the races there will be live music in the walking ring from 7-10 p.m.

“We got here a little after 5 for the end of the racing and to grab a few cocktails, and had some dinner,” Ruggerio explained. “We stayed around and went into some stores and played in the casino too. Then, sat down and listened to some live music.”

In the coming weeks, the entertainment will feature bands such as: Across The Universe (Beatles Tribute Band, June 23), Mr. Nice Guy Band (Classic Rock Music, June 30), TrueRumours (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, July 7), Jeffrey James Gang (Southern Rock/Blues, July 14), Shane Duncan Band (Country, July 21).

“We will definitely be back this summer,” Holly Moses said. “The food and music was really great and the racing is always fun to watch. Plus, you have so many other things that you can walk around and see.”