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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

Nov 27

Aqueduct: Go for Wand H (G3), $300,000, 3&up f/m, 8f

Aqueduct: King's Swan S., $150,000, 2yo, 6f

Churchill Downs: Clark H (G1), $500,000, 3&up, 9f

Churchill Downs: Commonwealth Turf (G3), $100,000, 3yo, 8.5f

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Seabiscuit H (G2), $250,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Remington Park: Don C. McNeill, $75,000, 2yo, 8f

Remington Park: Slide Show, $75,000, 2yo f, 8f

Nov 28

Aqueduct: Cigar Mile H (G1), $500,000, 3&up, 8f

Aqueduct: Comely S. (G3), $300,000, 3yo f, 9f

Aqueduct: Demoiselle S. (G2), $300,000, 2yo f, 9f

Aqueduct: Remsen S. (G2), $300,000, 2yo, 9f

Churchill Downs: Golden Rod S. (G2), $200,000, 2yo f, 8.5f

Churchill Downs: Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2), $200,000, 2yo,...

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Hollywood Derby (G1), $300,000, 3yo, 9f

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Jimmy Durante S. (G3), $100,000, 2yo f, 8f

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Native Diver H (G3), $150,000, 3&up, 9f

Gulfstream Park West: Buffalo Man S., $75,000, 2yo, 6f

Gulfstream Park West: House Party S., $75,000, 2yo f, 6f

Nov 29

Aqueduct: New York Stallion Series (Thunder Rumble Div...

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Cecil B. DeMille S. (G3), $100,000, 2yo, 8f

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: Matriarch S. (G1), $300,000, 3&up f/m, 8f

Golden Gate Fields: Berkeley H (G3), $100,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Woodbine: Display S., $125,000, 2yo, 8.5f

Woodbine: Valedictory S. (G3), $150,000, 3&up, 14f

Dec 5

Aqueduct: Garland of Roses H., $100,000, 3&up f/m, 6f

Golden Gate Fields: Gold Rush, $75,000, 2yo, 8f

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Canterbury, $110,000, 3&up, 5...

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Distaff Dash, $110,000, 3&up ...

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Emerald, $125,000, 3&up, 8.5f

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Express, $110,000, 3&up, 6f

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Glass Slipper, $110,000, 3&up...

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Iron Horse, $110,000, 3&up, 8...

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Jewel, $200,000, 3&up, 9f

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Rapid Transit, $110,000, 3&up...

Gulfstream Park: Claiming Crown Tiara, $125,000, 3&up f/m, 8....