Other than the track, not much to see at Gulfstream unless you want to do some home shopping (crate and barrel, west elm, pottery barn) but if you wanted to squeeze it in u could do the breakfast tour before Hialeah Park or stop after if you’re staying in Ft Lauderdale area, watch races and eat at Christine Lees (mongolian beef and steak tartare are always good).
Thanks, we’re leaving from the Port of Miami. I think we’ll have time for Hialeah. Is it easy enough to look around , there or are areas restricted?firehorse wrote: ↑Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:50 pm‘Improving’ it would be a misnomer - there was limited seating to begin with, abt 3-4 years ago they added some lower boxes not under cover - what they have done is torn out the original seating and r putting dining tables. This the equivalent of Santa Anita tearing up the clubhouse apron and putting in tables in my opinion, a nice middle finger to your everyday paying racing fan. What port are you leaving from? If you only have 24 hrs I would do Hialeah park before Gulfstream park just for the nostlgia. I would then get some flan at the KFC @ 811 W. 49th St. If you r leaving from Fort Lauderdale you might be able to fit in both on the same day.Curtis wrote: ↑Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:04 amAre they adding to the seating or just improving it? I'm going to Miami in May but will be there less than 24 hours as my wife and I are going on a cruise for our anniversary. I have plans to visit Hialeah just to see the architecture and grounds, I know what little racing is done there is unsanctioned. From what I've heard, Gulfstream is a mega-mall with a racetrack. Anything to see there?
One Stronach initiated the renovations to Gulfstream 10 years ago and built the Pegasus statue and the race itself. That Stronach has been accused of spending $800,000,000 of his $900,000,000 Magna payout in 10 years. A new Stronach is in charge, and does not plan in following in those footsteps. Apples and oranges.Mylute wrote: ↑Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:30 pmA Paulick article a few years ago talked about most of the racing at Hialeah being unsanctioned quarter horse match races.
And I thought it was interesting that Stronach wanted to move the Preakness to Laurel because Pimlico is in such bad shape and would "cost too much to fix" yet dumped millions into the Pegasus.
For what it's worth, I've only ever been to Gulfstream post-renovations, and I really like it, though I can definitely see the negatives in there not being enough grandstand seating. However, it's clean, bright, safe, and pretty modern for the most part. As a 20-something year old woman, I've been to tracks where it legitimately did not feel safe.
I don't understand why people gripe about the shops and restaurants built on the surrounding land. Would you prefer a couple more acres of parking? A greyhound track? Low income housing? There's good racing, shopping, restaurants, nice landscaping and fountains. It makes for a nice day out.
I have not been there in a few years, they completed a reno and opened a casino so would think pretty open ( I would call and ask)