Stronach v. Stronach

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Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:22 pm

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).
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Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:03 pm

firehorse wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:50 pm
Curtis wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:04 am
firehorse wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:51 pm
What Id really like to know is which Stronach decided to renovate and tear up the limited seating at Gulfstream and not have it done before the winter meet starts, it truly is something of a joke, the restructure of the Pegasus is just icing on the cake.
Are 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?
‘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.
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?
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Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:11 pm

Mylute wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:30 pm
A 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.
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.

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.
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Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:54 pm

My biggest problem with Gulfstream is that it will probably never host the BC again due to the lack of seating.
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Curtis wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:03 pm
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?
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)
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Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:52 pm

firehorse wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:59 am
Curtis wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:03 pm
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?
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)
I did call and spoke to a security person. We had a bit of an Abbott & Costello conversation. She was adamant that I stay off the “dirt” because it could be dangerous.
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Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:38 pm

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Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:52 pm

I did call and spoke to a security person. We had a bit of an Abbott & Costello conversation. She was adamant that I stay off the “dirt” because it could be dangerous.
Bienvenidos a Miami :lol:

I think you'll be fine.
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