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
Japan Racing Association: Victoria Mile ,$2,160,000 ,4&up f/m ,8f Turf
Santa Anita: Desert Stormer Stakes ,$100,000 ,3&up f/m ,6f Dirt
Woodbine: Trillium Stakes ,$150,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f AW
Churchill Downs: Winning Colors Stakes ,$125,000 ,4&up f/m ,6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: Heian Stakes ,$737,000 ,4&up ,9.5f Dirt
Santa Anita: Honeymoon Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo f ,9f Turf
Santa Anita: Santa Maria Stakes ,$200,000 ,3&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt
Woodbine: Royal North Stakes ,$175,000 ,4&up f/m ,6f Turf
Japan Racing Association: Yushun Himba ,$2,273,000 ,3yo f ,12f Turf
Woodbine: Connaught Cup Stakes ,$175,000 ,4&up ,7f Turf
Belmont Park: Pennine Ridge ,$200,000 ,3yo ,9f Turf
Churchill Downs: Matt Winn Stakes ,$125,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt
Churchill Downs: Regret Stakes ,$125,000 ,3yo f ,9f Turf
Great Meadow: David Semmes Memorial Hurdle ,$50,000 ,4&up ,17f Turf
Santa Anita: Charles Whittingham Stakes ,$200,000 ,3&up ,10f Turf
Santa Anita: Daytona Stakes ,$100,000 ,4&up ,6.5f Turf
Santa Anita: Triple Bend Stakes ,$200,000 ,3&up ,7f Dirt