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Bet on Florida Derby


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.



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Graded Stakes Races

May 31

Epsom Downs: Betfred Oaks ,$635,000 ,3yo f ,12f Turf

Epsom Downs: Dahlbury Coronation Cup ,$514,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf

Penn National: Penn Mile ,$400,000 ,3yo ,8f Turf

Jun 1

Churchill Downs: Arlington Stakes ,$275,000 ,4&up ,8.5f Turf

Churchill Downs: Blame Stakes ,$275,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt

Churchill Downs: Regret Stakes ,$275,000 ,3yo f ,9f Turf

Churchill Downs: Shawnee Stakes ,$275,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt

Epsom Downs: Betfred Derby ,$1,815,000 ,3yo ,12f Turf

Epsom Downs: Betfred Diomed Stakes ,$121,000 ,3&up ,8f Turf

Epsom Downs: Princess Elizabeth Stakes ,$121,000 ,3&up f/m ,8f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Naruo Kinen ,$886,000 ,3&up ,10f Turf

Santa Anita: Honeymoon Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo f ,9f Turf

Santa Anita: Triple Bend Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,7f Dirt

Woodbine: Belle Mahone Stakes ,$135,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f AW

Woodbine: Eclipse Stakes ,$175,000 ,4&up ,8.5f AW

Woodbine: Jacques Cartier Stakes ,$135,000 ,4&up ,6f AW

Woodbine: Royal North Stakes ,$135,000 ,4&up f/m ,6.5f Turf

Jun 2

Churchill Downs: Old Forester Mint Julep ,$225,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Yasuda Kinen ,$3,703,000 ,3&up ,8f Turf

Jun 6

Belmont Stakes Festival: Belmont Gold Cup ,$250,000 ,4&up ,16f Turf