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Gulfstream Park reopens doors for 2009 season

Preview: Gulfstream Park, USA, Saturday

Hal's Hope Handicap (Grade 3) 1m, dirt, 3yo+  (9:43pm)

GULFSTREAM PARK opens its 2009 season with several changes from a year ago - most notably the track will race five-day weeks rather than six as  in the past in the hope that field sizes and wagering will increase. 

Jockey Alan Garcia - Monmouth Park 2007

Alan Garcia: rides Bribon in Grade 3 Hal's Hope Handicap

  PICTURE: Mattew Stockman/Getty Images 

In the opening day feature, multiple graded stakes winner  Delightful Kiss (Pete Anderson/Calvin Borel) heads the 14-strong field where he faces dual Grade 2-winner Anak Nakal (Nick Zito/Joe Bravo) and Cigar Mile third Bribon (Robert Ribaudo/Alan Garcia) among others.

Also on Saturday's card is the Spectacular Bid Stakes  for three-year-olds over 6f on the main track.  

Other races for three-year-olds during the meeting  are the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes now run over 1m rather than 1m 1f  on the main track on February 28 and the Grade 1 Florida Derby, run over 1m 1f  on the main track on March 28.

Events for older runners include the Grade 1 Donn  Handicap run over 1m 1f on the main track on January 31, the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap run over 1m 1f  on February 1 and the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap run over 1m (rather than 1m 1 ½f) on the main track on March  14.

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