Racehorses are diverse animals, each with their own motivation behind running: some run for the thrill of it, some chase the wind-up carrot, and some think they're time-traveling DeLoreans. Pick the pony that reaches 88 miles per hour with today's Groupon to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Choose between the following options:
• For $10, you get two seats in the Silks Simulcast Center (a $10 value), two programs (a $10 value), and two $5 betting vouchers (a $10 value; a $30 total value).
• For $15, you get two seats in the Silks Simulcast Center (a $10 value), two programs (a $10 value), two $5 betting vouchers (a $10 value), and two T-shirts (a $30 value; a $60 total value).
Historic Gulfstream Park's cutting-edge Silks Simulcast Center lavishes race fans and wagering mavens with a trove of technology alongside satisfying refreshments in a bounteous off-track betting facility. Pony players get a glimpse of up to 25 tracks a day, with up to 10 horse races per track showcased on a multitude of flat-screen plasma televisions throughout the day, allowing for numerous chances to stake their included betting vouchers on which horse is the fastest, the strongest, or the most likely to model for a gaudy notebook cover. A mélange of betting carrels populate the space, equipped with and without TV screens, along with convenient self- and full-service betting machines. Between races, overworked adrenaline glands can partake of the center's selection of food and beverages (not included in today's Groupon), and Gulfstream Park's expansive casino sits adjacent to the equine establishment to further sate wagering appetites.
Ten Palms at Gulfstream Park
Home of the $1,000,000 Florida Derby and the six-race Sunshine Millions series, the Gulfstream Park's track has hosted live thoroughbred races since 1939. Steeds charge around corners on the main track or the turf course as onlookers track the race from the comfort of the stands, a luxury suite, or a cloud rented from overlooking deities. Beyond concession-stand offerings, the facility invites visitors to grab more substantial fare from one of its onsite restaurants. In addition to the Asian-inspired menu at Christine Lee's, diners can visit Ten Palms at Gulfstream Park and sample the contemporary American fare of celebrity chef Ralph Pagano, a former competitor on Iron Chef America and host of Pressure Cook on the National Geographic Channel.
Outside of the racing facility, Gulfstream Park includes a casino with more than 850 slot machines, electric table games, and high-stakes poker tables spread across two floors. At the nearby The Village at Gulfstream Park, visitors can wander through boutique fashion and home-decor stores, including Next and Williams-Sonoma, while searching for the park's fabled hide-and-seek world champion.