Horseshoe Acres Club is a unique, 154-home community in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens. There is no other community where residents can maintain private horses on their property while being so near to all the services, shopping and restaurants that Palm Beach Gardens offers. Add the ease of access to both I-95 and the Florida Turnpike and it’s clear that Horseshoe Acres Club is the definition of location, location, location.
Every property in the community is at least one acre in size, affording residents privacy and a “country living” feel while still being part of a neighborhood. Since all lots are generously sized, there is no need for Horseshoe Acres Club to offer a community clubhouse, swimming pool or playground. Residents have ample space to include these types of amenities, and more, on their own property. As a result, our monthly HOA dues are the lowest you will find for any gated community in Palm Beach County – or perhaps anywhere!
Our Board of Directors and other committees consist of volunteer residents and are focused on providing a safe and welcoming neighborhood atmosphere for all our members.
True to our equestrian roots, the roads of Horseshoe Acres are named for some of the most famous racehorses in history. What’s the story of the horse behind the name of your road? Many of the namesakes actually competed against one another, resulting in some of horse racing’s most memorable races. Learn more about the horses who inspired our roads here.
Cicada raced from 1961-1964 and was known as America’s “Queen of the Turf” during her heyday from 1961 through 1963. She was the Champion 2, 3 and 4 year old horse from 1961-1963, winning seven races in her maiden season and in 1962 broke Kelso’s track record for nine furlongs in the Beldame at Aqueduct. She finished in the money in 37 of 42 races, winning 23 times.
Career earnings: $783,674.
Citation raced from 1947-1951, becoming America’s eighth Triple Crown winner in 1948. He put together a 16-race win streak and was the first horse with $1 million in career earnings. He was the Champion 2-year old colt in 1947 and Horse of the Year in 1948. He finished in the money in 44 of 45 career races, winning 32 times.
Career earnings: $1,085,760
Damascus raced from 1966-1968 and was named Horse of the Year in 1967 after putting together one of the most impressive seasons by a 3-year colt in racing history. His twelve victories in 1967 featured some historic races. Under Willie Shoemaker, he pulled away to win by 10 lengths at Aqueduct. In the Travers, Damascus won by a record 22 lengths and he also set a track record in the American Derby. In total, Damascus finished in the money 31 of 32 times with 21 victories.
Career earnings: $1,176,781
Kelso raced from 1959-1966 and was one of the most accomplished and unique thoroughbreds in the annals of American racing, winning Horse of the Year honors an astonishing five consecutive years from 1960-1964. He finished in the money in 53 of 63 races. Kelso set or equaled eight track records and set three American records. Upon his retirement, The Blood-Horse remarked:
“Kelso demonstrated the durability of class. No horse in our time was so good, so long. His was mature greatness.”
Career earnings: $1,977,896
Mongo raced from 1961-1964, winning the Eclipse Award for Champion Grass Horse honors in 1963. In the Washington DC International Stakes that year, Mongo edged Kelso, the reigning Horse of the Year, by a half-length in a contested race. He defeated Kelso again in 1964 at the Monmouth Handicap. He finished in the money in 36 of 46 races, winning 22 times.
Career earnings: $820,766
Nashua raced from 1954-1956, winning 22 of his 30 starts and finishing in the money 27 times. In 1954, Nashua won six consecutive races before falling to Swaps in the Kentucky Derby. Nashua avenged the loss at Chicago’s Washington Park later that year, besting Swaps by 6 ½ lengths. Nashua finished the 1954 season at 10-1-1 to be named Horse of the Year.
Career earnings: $1,288,565
Needles raced from 1955-1957 and was the first Florida-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He was named Champion 2-year old and Champion 3-year old in 1955 and 1956, respectively. He finished in the money in 17 of 21 starts, winning 11 times, including the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. In 1957, in the final start of his career, he won the Fort Lauderdale Handicap, equaling a Gulfstream Park track record.
Career earnings: $600,355
Ridan raced from 1961-1963 and was part of one of Horse Racing’s Top 100 Moments when in 1962 he lost by a nose in track-record time to Jaipur. The race actually decided Horse of the Year honors for 1962. Disappointment followed in the Preakness Stakes that same year when Ridan lost by the then narrowest, and still second narrowest, margin in Preakness history, beaten by a nose by longshot Greek Money. He exacted some revenge by beating Jaipur – and Kelso – as a 4-year old at the Palm Beach Handicap. He finished in the money in 21 of 23 races, winning 13 times.
Career earnings: $635,074
Swaps raced from 1954-1956, winning 19 of 25 starts and finishing in the money 23 times. Swaps defeated Nashua in the 1954 Kentucky Derby and was named Horse of the Year in 1955.
Career Earnings: $848,900
Very little is known about Traveler, a stallion born sometime in the 1880’s and who died in 1912. It is reported that Traveler was once used for labor by a railroad contractor in Texas before being swapped for a mule. The new owner decided to race Traveler and he won his first race, causing the owner to sell him immediately. Traveler raced for many years before sustaining an injury, ending his racing career. According to George Clegg, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member and Quarter Horse breeder,
“He was one of the most perfect-looking horses I ever saw and sired great running horses from good mares.”