Gulfstream Park Oaks
The Gulfstream Oaks is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The race is open to three-year-old fillies, willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the dirt. The race is a Grade II event with a purse of $300,000 and has been a prep race to the Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, including the Kentucky Oaks, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Mother Goose Stakes.
Inaugurated in 1971, it was raced as the Bonnie Miss Stakes until 2011. The race is named after Bonnie Donn Jones, daughter of James Donn, Jr., president of Gulfstream Park from 1961 to 1978. Through 1976 the race was open to fillies and mares age three and older. The first running was won by Able Jan who was ridden by Bobby Breen and trained for owner, True Davis, Jr. by future Hall of Fame inductee, Horatio Luro.
It was run in two divisions in 1975.
Since inception, the Gulfstream Park Oaks has been run at various distances:
- 7 furlongs : 1972, 1974, 1977–1980
- 11/ miles : 1971, 1973, 1975–1976, 1981–2000
- 1⅛ miles : 2001–present
Famous quotes containing the words park and/or oaks:
“Borrow a child and get on welfare.
Borrow a child and stay in the house all day with the child,
or go to the public park with the child, and take the child
to the welfare office and cry and say your man left you and
be humble and wear your dress and your smile, and dont talk
—Susan Griffin (b. 1943)
“He that depends
Upon your favors swims with fins of lead,
And hews down oaks with rushes.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)