South Florida is a relatively young part of the country. While other cities boast taverns where our founding fathers drank ale while writing the Constitution, our history is fairly new. But that doesn't mean we don't have some grand dames to admire.
Take, for example, Gulfstream Park, which celebrates its 75th anniversary of the first thoroughbred race ever run there on Saturday, February 1 with races, a costume contest, and 75 cent cocktails and food!
Starting at 11 a.m., guests can register to win betting vouchers, snag free posters by equine cartoonist Peb, and watch some exciting racing action. Post time for the first race is 12:40 p.m., and featured races on Saturday include the 61st running of the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes for 3-year-olds and the $75,000 Gulfstream Turf Sprint Championship.
Dress in your best 1930's and 40's-era garb and you may get gifted with a betting voucher by a "mystery judge" who will be walking the crowd.
By now all this betting and partying will have made you thirsty and hungry. Snag a couple of 75 cent hot dogs at the Silks concession (two dogs per customer, please) and wash them down with a 75 cent cocktail from the special drink menu of classic libations including the Side Car, Gin Sour, Whiskey Sour, Mint Julep, Gibson, Champagne Cocktail and Sazerac.
Add in free parking, and whether or not you actually bet on Seabiscuit to win in the third, your day will be lucky, indeed.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.