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Florida Derby

Stakes: Grade I for 3-year-old thoroughbreds
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Track: Dirt
Purse: $1,000,000
Date: March 30, 13
Post Time:6 p.m. ET
Grade: I
Type: Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep
Age: 3 Years Old
Sex: Male
Surface: Dirt
Coverage: NBC Sports Network

The Florida Derby Stakes, held annually at Gulfstream Park, is one of the preparatory races for 3-year-olds gunning for the Kentucky Derby race. But the Florida Derby remains one of the most anticipated prep races having sent 19 victories to Churchill Downs throughout the race's history.

The Florida Derby is a Grade I race for top 3-year-old thoroughbred horses in America, 9-furlong (1.1/8 miles) run and a $1 million purse up for grabs. It debuted at Gulfstream Park in 1952, in time with the race track's expansion. The next year the derby purse was raised to $100,000 making it the first stakes event so richly endowed in the Sunshine State.

It was in 1957, in a historic race where Gen. Duke equaled the world record 1:46.80 and defeating Bold Ruler, that the Florida Derby was established as a major stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown trail.

The race continued to rise in popularity over the next years, along with it the significant increase in the race's purse. Standing at $1 million today, the Florida Derby is still one of the richest horse racing stakes.

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Oct 10

Belmont Park: Knickerbocker (G3), $200,000, 3&up, 9f

Charles Town Races: West Virginia Breeders' Classic, $500,000, 3...

Charles Town Races: West Virginia Cavada Breeders' Classic, $150...

Charles Town Races: West Virginia Dash for Cash Breeders' Classi...

Keeneland: Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented b...

Parx Racing: Plum Pretty S, $75,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5f

Santa Anita Park: Surfer Girl S, $100,000, 2yo f, 8f

Santa Anita Park: Zuma Beach S, $100,000, 2yo, 8f

ThistleDown Racino: Best of Ohio Distaff, $150,000, 3&up f&m, 9f

ThistleDown Racino: Best of Ohio Endurance, $150,000, 3&up, 10f

ThistleDown Racino: Best of Ohio Sprint, $150,000, 3&up, 6f

Oct 11

Fresno (Big Fresno Fair): Harris Farms S, $100,000, 3&up, 6f

Woodbine: Bunty Lawless S, $125,000, 3&up, 8f

Woodbine: Cup and Saucer S, $250,000, 2yo, 8.5f

Oct 12

Belmont Park: Pebbles S, $200,000, 3yo f, 8f

Hastings Racecourse: Ascot Graduation, $75,000, 2yo, 8.5f

Hastings Racecourse: Ballerina S (G3), $100,000, 3&up f&m, 9f

Hastings Racecourse: British Columbia Premier's (G3), $100,000, 3...

Hastings Racecourse: Fantasy S, $75,000, 2yo f, 8.5f

Santa Anita Park: California Flag S, $100,000, 3&up, abt 6.5f

Woodbine: Carotene S, $150,000, 3yo f, 9f

Oct 16

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Cup, $175,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Distaff, $145,000, 3&up f&...

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint, $130,000, ...

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf, $130,000, 3&...

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Juvenile, $100,000, 2yo c&...

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Lassie, $100,000, 2yo f, 6...

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Sprint, $130,000, 3&up, 6f

Remington Park: Oklahoma Classics Turf, $130,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Oct 17

Belmont Park: Athenia (G3), $200,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5f

Belmont Park: Futurity S (G2), $200,000, 2yo, 6f

Finger Lakes: New York Breeders' Futurity, $200,000, 2yo, ...

Keeneland: Lexus Raven Run S (G2), $250,000, 3yo f, 7f

Laurel Park: Maryland Million Classic, $150,000, 3&up, 9f

Laurel Park: Maryland Million Distaff, $100,000, 3&up f&m...

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Laurel Park: Maryland Million Ladies, $125,000, 3&up f&m,...

Laurel Park: Maryland Million Lassie, $100,000, 2yo f, 6f

Laurel Park: Maryland Million Nursery, $100,000, 2yo, 6f

Laurel Park: Maryland Million Sprint, $100,000, 3&up, 6f