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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.



Online Horse Racing graded stakes

Graded Stakes Races

Feb 13

Aqueduct: Broadway S., $100,000, 4&up f&m, 6f

Aqueduct: Haynesfield S., $100,000, 4&up, 1 1/16m

Golden Gate Fields: El Camino Real Derby (G3), $200,000, 3yo, 1 ...

Gulfstream Park: Royal Delta S. (G2), $200,000, 4&up f&m, 1 1...

Laurel Park: Barbara Fritchie S. (G2), $300,000, 4&up f&m...

Laurel Park: John B. Campbell S., $75,000, 4&up, 1 1/8m

Laurel Park: Maryland Racing Media S., $75,000, 4&up f&m,...

Oaklawn Park: Essex H., $100,000, 4&up, 1 1/16m

Santa Anita Park: Arcadia S. (G2), $200,000, 4&up, 1m

Santa Anita Park: Santa Maria S. (G2), $200,000, 4&up f&m, 1 1...

Sunland Park: Budweiser H., $75,000, 3&up, 6f

Feb 14

Aqueduct: Rego Park S., $125,000, 3yo, 6f

Oaklawn Park: Bayakoa S. (G3), $100,000, 4&up f&m, 1 1/16m

Sunland Park: El Diario H., $75,000, 3&up f&m, 6.5f

Feb 15

Aqueduct: Hollie Hughes H., $100,000, 4&up, 6f

Laurel Park: General George S. (G3), $250,000, 4&up, 7f

Laurel Park: Miracle Wood S., $75,000, 3yo, 1m

Laurel Park: Wide Country S., $75,000, 3yo f, 7f

Oaklawn Park: Southwest S. (G3), $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m

Santa Anita Park: San Vicente S. (G2), $200,000, 3yo, 7f

Feb 20

Aqueduct: Franklin Square S., $125,000, 3yo f, 6f

Fair Grounds: Fair Grounds H. (G3), $125,000, 4&up, abt 1 ...

Fair Grounds: Mineshaft H. (G3), $125,000, 4&up, 1 1/16m

Fair Grounds: TwinSpires.com Rachel Alexandra S. (G2), $20...

Fair Grounds: Veterans Ford Risen Star S. (G2), $400,000, ...

Gulfstream Park: Melody of Colors, $75,000, 3yo f, 5f

Oaklawn Park: Spring Fever S., $100,000, 4&up f&m, 5.5f

Sam Houston Race Park: Jim's Orbit S., $75,000, 3yo c&g, 6f

Sam Houston Race Park: Two Altazano S., $75,000, 3yo f, 6f

Santa Anita Park: Buena Vista S. (G2), $200,000, 4&up f&m, 1m

Sunland Park: Island Fashion S., $75,000, 3yo f, 1m

Feb 27

Aqueduct: Busher S., $125,000, 3yo f, 1 1/16m

Gulfstream Park: Canadian Turf S. (G3), $150,000, 4&up, 1m

Gulfstream Park: Davona Dale S. (G2), $200,000, 3yo f, 1m

Gulfstream Park: Fountain of Youth S. (G2), $400,000, 3yo, 1 ...

Gulfstream Park: Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3), $100,000, 4&up,...

Gulfstream Park: Herecomesthebride S. (G3), $150,000, 3yo f, ...

Gulfstream Park: Palm Beach S. (G3), $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m

Gulfstream Park: Sand Springs S., $100,000, 4&up f&m, 1m

Gulfstream Park: Texas Glitter S., $75,000, 3yo, 5f

Oaklawn Park: Downthedustyroad Breeders' S., $100,000, 3&u...

Sam Houston Race Park: Maxxam Gold Cup, $100,000, 4&up, 1 1/8m

Feb 28

Oaklawn Park: Nodouble Breeders' S., $100,000, 3&up c&g, 6...

Sunland Park: Curribot H., $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m