Hurricane Irma has left a path of destruction through Florida, but Gulfstream Park seems to have been largely unaffected. That’s allowed the businesses and the surrounding area to get back on their feet quicker than expected.
“We jogged everyone. The track was fine,” said Peter Walder. “Believe it or not, the barn was perfect. We took everything out before the storm, but you never would have known there was a storm. I have nothing but good things to say about how everything was handled.”
Chuck Simon, who works out of Palm Meadows echoed these sentiments. “I stood out here at 7 a.m. and, honestly, if you hadn’t known there was a hurricane two days earlier you never would have known what had gone on,” reflected Simon. “We trained everyone. The track was perfect. Everyone showed up, the track was in great shape. Like a normal day.”
Palm Meadows sits north of Miami in an area called Boynton Beach. Nearly 700 horses were moved to the facility in order to shelter them from the ire of Hurricane Irma, which was meant to slam in to Miami directly.
However, Hurricane Irma didn’t seem to have a drastic effect on Gulfstream Park. The casino and poker room opened on Tuesday night and the track has resumed simulcast wagering as of Wednesday. Gulfstream also expects to run its weekend programs on Saturday, September 16th.
The Village at Gulfstream Park also seemed to remain intact following the brutal storm with many resuming normal business hours this week.
While Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows may have avoided the wrath of Hurricane Irma, others in the Florida area were not as fortunate. This is a good time to take a moment and donate to those in need by visiting The Red Cross. There has been widespread devastation throughout the area and many will need support getting back on their feet.