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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

Sep 5

Del Mar: Del Mar Debutante S (G1), $300,000, 2yo f, 7...

Del Mar: Del Mar Juvenile Turf, $100,000, 2yo, 8f

Gulfstream Park: Affirmed S (Florida Sire S), $300,000, 2yo, ...

Gulfstream Park: Bayou's Lassie S, $75,000, 3yo f, 8f

Gulfstream Park: Hear No Evil S, $75,000, 3yo, 8f

Gulfstream Park: Jewell Princess S (Florida Sire S), $150,000...

Gulfstream Park: Prized S (Florida Sire S), $150,000, 3yo, 8f

Gulfstream Park: Susan's Girl S (Florida Sire S), $300,000, 2...

Gulfstream Park: The Vid S, $75,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Gulfstream Park: Wasted Tears S, $75,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5f

Kentucky Downs: Kentucky Downs Juvenile, $300,000, 2yo, 7f

Sep 6

Canterbury Park: Northern Lights Debutante S, $80,000, 2yo f,...

Canterbury Park: Northern Lights Futurity, $80,000, 2yo c&g, ...

Del Mar: C.E.R.F. Stakes, $80,000, 3&up f&m, 6f

Del Mar: Del Mar Derby (G2), $250,000, 3yo, 9f

Del Mar: Yellow Ribbon H (G2), $200,000, 3&up f&m, 8....

Gulfstream Park: Uanme S, $75,000, 3yo f, 7f

Monmouth Park: Sapling S, $100,000, 2yo, 8f

Monmouth Park: Sorority S, $75,000, 2yo f, 6f

Presque Isle Downs : Mark McDermott S, $75,000, 2yo, 6f

Presque Isle Downs : Presque Isle Mile S, $200,000, 3&up, 8f

Saratoga: Prioress S (G2), $300,000, 3yo f, 6f

Sep 7

Del Mar: Del Mar Futurity (G1), $300,000, 2yo, 7f

Del Mar: Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf, $100,000, 2yo...

Del Mar: Pirate's Bounty S, $80,000, 3&up, 6f

Gulfstream Park: Hard Worker S, $75,000, 3&up f&m, 5f

Monmouth Park: Lighthouse S, $75,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5f

Parx Racing: Greenwood Cup (G3), $200,000, 3&up, 12f

Parx Racing: Turf Amazon H, $200,000, 3&up f&m, 5f

Parx Racing: Turf Monster H (G3), $300,000, 3&up, 5f

Presque Isle Downs : Presque Isle Downs Masters S (G2), $400,000,...

Ruidoso Downs: Ruidoso Downs Championship, $100,000, 3&up, ...

Saratoga: Bernard Baruch H (G2), $250,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Sep 9

Indiana Grand Race Course: A.J. Foyt S, $85,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Indiana Grand Race Course: Centaur S, $200,000, 3yo, 8f

Indiana Grand Race Course: Florence Henderson S, $85,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5...

Indiana Grand Race Course: Indiana Grand, $200,000, 3yo f, 8f

Sep 10

Kentucky Downs: One Dreamer S, $150,000, 3&up f&m, 8.32f

Los Alamitos Race Course: Beverly J. Lewis S, $75,000, 3yo f, 6.5f

Sep 12

Belmont Park: Sands Point S (G2), $500,000, 3yo f, 9f

Belmont Park: Temperence Hill Invitational, $200,000, 3&up...

Belterra Park: Loyalty S, $75,000, 2yo, 6f

Canterbury Park: Shakopee Juvenile S, $75,000, 2yo, 6f

Churchill Downs: Iroquois S (G3), $150,000, 2yo, 8.5f

Churchill Downs: Locust Grove , $100,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5f

Churchill Downs: Open Mind S, $100,000, 3&up f&m, 6f

Churchill Downs: Pocahontas S (G2), $200,000, 2yo f, 8.5f

Delaware Park: DTHA Governor's Day S, $75,000, 3&up, 8.32f

Delaware Park: First State Dash, $75,000, 2yo, 5.5f

Delaware Park: George Rosenberger Memorial S, $75,000, 3&up...