FTBOA Announces Enhanced Gulfstream Park Stakes Incentives – Horse Racing News


The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association announced today enhanced incentives for Florida-breds in Gulfstream Park stakes races. The estimated $2 million FTBOA program begins with the April 1 Curlin Florida Derby card and extends through December, 2023.

The Curlin Florida Derby card on April 1 includes more than $650,000 performance bonuses for FTBOA registered Florida-breds and for Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) eligible contenders.

FTBOA offers $100,000 to owners of FTBOA registered Florida-breds plus $100,000 for eligible FSS owners that finish first, second or third in the Grade 1 Curlin Florida Derby, to be paid on a 60%-30%-10% basis, respectively.

The Gulfstream Park Oaks (Grade 2) similarly includes $50,000 for owners of FTBOA registered Florida-breds plus $50,000 for eligible FSS owners that finish first, second or third, also to be paid on a 60%-30%-10% basis.

For the April 1 undercard stakes – including the Pan American (G2), Orchid (G3), Ghostzapper (G3), Appleton (G3), Sand Springs, Sir Shackleton, Cutler Bay and Sanibel Island – FTBOA offers $25,000 to registered Florida-breds winners plus $5,000 per Florida-bred second through fifth-place finisher.

After April 1 and through the end of 2023 FTBOA offers a $25,000 win bonus to owners of FTBOA registered Florida-breds that officially win an unrestricted stakes at Gulfstream Park including listed, black-type or graded races. Owners of runners eligible for the Florida Sire Stakes who win stakes restricted to Florida-breds may receive a $25,000 FSS bonus, also paid by FTBOA.

All bonuses are an FTBOA program and payments will be administered through the FTBOA.  Eligible contenders must be FTBOA registered Florida-breds and/or eligible for the Florida Sire Stakes.

“Shortly upon my arrival at FTBOA close to 12 years ago I made it a priority to use a large part of our promotional and sponsorship-type funding to enhance the marketing and economics of our races under our FTBOA and Florida Sire Stakes brands at Florida tracks with an eye towards owners, buyers, sellers, breeders and trainers of Florida-bred horses via select bonuses, supplements and incentives,” said FTBOA CEO Lonny Powell. “Hopefully these specific Florida incentives, which we are excited and proud to offer once again, will be of assistance to the track and its quest to fill the best races possible.”

Steve Koch, FTBOA associate vice president, emphasized, “Florida-breds routinely compete and win at the highest levels. FTBOA and FSS win-bounties acknowledge that competitive spirit and ensure the best of our runners have every reason to perform on their Gulfstream Park home turf.”

2023 FTBOA Stakes Incentives at Gulfstream Park (April – December)

  • April 1 Florida Derby Card:
  • Curlin Florida Derby (G1) = $100,000 FTBOA, $100,000 FSS (60%-30%-10%)
  • Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) = $50,000 FTBOA, $50,000 FSS (60%-30%-10%)
  • Eight undercard stakes = $25,000 FTBOA Win Bonus plus $5,000 per 2nd-5th
  • Open Stakes = $25,000 FTBOA Win Bonus
  • Restricted Stakes = $25,000 FSS Win Bonus

About the FTBOA

Established in 1948, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association is a not-for-profit association with the mission of promoting the Florida Thoroughbred. The FTBOA represents more than 1,300 thoroughbred breeders and owners internationally who breed, raise, sell, train and race horses born in the state of Florida. The FTBOA is located at 801 SW 60th Avenue in Ocala, Fla., the heart of one of the top equine regions worldwide and recognized as the Horse Capital of the World®.