Bet on Florida Derby
Stakes: Grade I for 3-year-old thoroughbreds
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Date: March 30, 13
Post Time:6 p.m. ET
Type: Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep
Age: 3 Years Old
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.
Graded Stakes Races
Belmont Park: Pennine Ridge, $200,000, 3yo, 9f
Churchill Downs: Aristides (G3), $100,000, 3&up, 6f
Evangeline Downs: Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint, $300,000, 3&up...
Evangeline Downs: Evangeline Mile, $100,000, 3&up, 8f
Evangeline Downs: Opelousas S., $100,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5f
Penn National Race Course: Lyphard S., $75,000, 3&up f&m, 8.5f
Penn National Race Course: Mountainview H., $200,000, 3&up, 9f
Penn National Race Course: Penn Mile (G3), $500,000, 3yo, 8f
Penn National Race Course: Penn Oaks, $150,000, 3yo f, 8f
Penn National Race Course: Pennsylvania Governor's Cup H., $150,000, 3&...
Prairie Meadows: Panthers S., $75,000, 3yo f, 8f
Belmont Park: Wonder Again, $200,000, 3yo f, 9f
Belterra Park: Green Carpet S., $75,000, 3yo, 8.5f
Santa Anita Park: Siren Lure S., $75,000, 3&up, abt 6.5f
Woodbine: Lady Angela S., $125,000, 3yo f, 7f
Belmont Park: Astoria, $250,000, 2yo f, 5.5f
Belmont Park: Intercontinental, $150,000, 4&up f&m, 7f
Belmont Park: Belmont Gold Cup Invitational, $250,000, 4&u...
Belmont Park: Jersey Girl S., $150,000, 3yo f, 6f
Belmont Park: New York S. (G2), $300,000, 4&up f&m, 10f
Belmont Park: Tremont, $250,000, 2yo, 5.5f
Belmont Park: True North S. (G2), $250,000, 4&up, 6f
Belmont Park: Acorn S. (G1), $750,000, 3yo f, 8f
Belmont Park: Belmont S. (G1), $1,500,000, 3yo, 12f
Belmont Park: Brooklyn Invitational (G2), $400,000, 4&up, ...
Belmont Park: Easy Goer S., $150,000, 3yo, 8.5f
Belmont Park: Jaipur Invitational (G3), $300,000, 4&up, 6f
Belmont Park: Longines Just a Game S. (G1), $700,000, 4&up...
Belmont Park: Manhattan S. (G1), $1,000,000, 4&up, 10f
Belmont Park: Metropolitan H. (G1), $1,250,000, 3&up, 8f
Belmont Park: Ogden Phipps S. (G1), $1,000,000, 4&up f&m, ...
Belmont Park: Woody Stephens S. (G2), $500,000, 3yo, 7f
Canterbury Park: Brooks Fields S., $75,000, 3&up, 8f
Monmouth Park: Monmouth S. (G2), $200,000, 3&up, 9f
Santa Anita Park: Affirmed S. (G3), $100,000, 3yo, 8.5f
Woodbine: Eclipse S. (G2), $200,000, 4&up, 8.5f