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Florida Derby

Date: March 28, 15
Purse: $1,000,000
Grade: I
Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
Age: 3 Years Old

Gulfstream Park
901 S. Federal Highway
Hallandale, Florida, 33009


The 1 million G1 Florida Derby is the first race to award 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner and guarantee a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. A trio of proven contenders - Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby and Orb - appear to tower above the rest and it is difficult to imagine others will crash this exacta party. Itsmyluckyday is 2-for-2 over this strip, having won the Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year s Day and G3 Holy Bull on 1/25. Shanghai Bobby, the 2-year-old Eclipse Award winner, suffered his only loss in six starts with a runner up finish in the Holy Bull and trainer Todd Pletcher is optimistic about his chances despite the rail post. With the Holy Bull top two sitting out, Orb made the most of it when easily taking the G2 Fountain of Youth S. on 2/23. Frac Daddy looked like a major player in the division when running 2 nd to Uncaptured at Churchill Downs but flopped when grabbing a a quarter early in the Holy Bull. Pick of the Litter is an intriguing maiden winner from the Dale Romans barn. Stablemate Pontiff has yet to get his picture taken but could take money in light of recent world events. Indy s Illusion has shown flashes of ability but confounded his connections with dull morning efforts. Nevertheless, he s a logical for the exotics. Speedball Merit Man will need to use everything he s got to get over from the 8 post position and stretch out for the 1 st time. Are You Kidding Me finished well to lose the bob in a Tampa Bay Downs allowance to a winner headed to Keeneland s G1 Blue Grass Stakes. Narvaez, the subject of many private purchase rumors after his dead-heat win with Triple Crown nominee Declan s Warrior here, breaks from the disadvantageous outside post.
Florida Derby is a horse racing event that is organized at Gulfstream Park. It has a purse value of 1,000,000. 3 years old horses that can cover a distance of 9 furlong may participate in the race.

Florida Derby Past Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Time
2013 Orb Claude McGaughey III John Velazquez Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable 1:50.87
2012 Take Charge Indy Patrick B. Byrne Calvin Borel Charles & Maribeth Sandford 1:48.79
2011 Dialed In Nicholas P. Zito Julien R. Leparoux Robert V. LaPenta 1:50.74
2011 Dialed In Nick Zito Julien R. Leparoux Robert V. LaPenta 1:50.74
2010 Ice Box Nicholas P. Zito Jose Lezcano Robert V. LaPenta 1:49.19
2010 Ice Box Nick Zito Jose Lezcano Robert V. LaPenta 1:49.19
2009 Quality Road James A. Jerkens John R. Velazquez Edward P. Evans 1:47.72
2009 Quality Road James A. Jerkens John Velazquez Edward P. Evans 1:47.72
2008 Big Brown Richard E. Dutrow Kent Desormeaux IEAH Stables 1:48.16
2008 Big Brown Richard E. Dutrow Kent Desormeaux IEAH Stables/Paul Pompa 1:48.16
2007 Scat Daddy Todd A. Pletcher Edgar Prado J. Scatuorchio 1:49.00
2007 Scat Daddy Todd A. Pletcher Edgar Prado M. Tabor 1:49.00
2006 Barbaro Michael Matz Edgar Prado Lael Stables 1:49.01
2006 Barbaro Michael Matz Edgar Prado Lael Stables 1:49.01
2005 High Fly Nicholas P. Zito Jerry Bailey Live Oak Plantation 1:49.43
2005 High Fly Nick Zito Jerry Bailey Live Oak Plantation 1:49.43
2004 Friends Lake John C. Kimmel Richard Migliore Chester & Mary Broman 1:51.38
2003 Empire Maker Robert Frankel Jerry Bailey Juddmonte Farms 1:49.05
2002 Harlan's Holiday Kenneth McPeek Edgar Prado Starlight Stable 1:48.80
2001 Monarchos John T. Ward, Jr. Jorge Chavez John C. Oxley 1:49.95
2000 Hal's Hope Harold Rose Roger Velez Rose Family Stable 1:51.49
1999 Vicar Carl Nafzger Shane Sellers James B. Tafel 1:50.83
1998 Cape Town † D. Wayne Lukas Shane Sellers Overbrook Farm 1:49.21
1997 Captain Bodgit Gary Capuano Alex Solis Team Valor 1:50.60
1996 Unbridled's Song James T. Ryerson Mike Smith Paraneck Stable 1:47.85
1995 Thunder Gulch D. Wayne Lukas Mike Smith Michael Tabor 1:49.70
1994 Holy Bull Warren A. Croll, Jr. Mike Smith Warren A. Croll, Jr. 1:47.66
1993 Bull In the Heather Howard M. Tesher Wigberto Ramos Arthur Klein 1:51.38
1992 Technology Hubert Hine Jerry Bailey Scott Savin 1:50.72
1991 Fly So Free Scotty Schulhofer Jose Santos Tommy Valando 1:50.44
1990 Unbridled Carl Nafzger Pat Day Genter Stable 1:52.00
1989 Mercedes Won Arnold Fink Earlie Fires Christopher Spencer 1:49.60
1988 Brian's Time John M. Veitch Randy Romero James W. Phillips 1:49.80
1987 Cryptoclearance Scotty Schulhofer Jose Santos Phil Teinowitz 1:49.60
1986 Snow Chief Melvin F. Stute Alex Solis Rochelle/Grinstead 1:51.80
1985 Proud Truth John M. Veitch Jorge Velasquez Darby Dan Farm 1:50.00
1984 Swale Woody Stephens Laffit Pincay, Jr. Claiborne Farm 1:47.60
1983 Croeso Jerry M. Fanning Frank Olivares Joyce & Roy Fowler 1:49.80
1982 Timely Writer Dominic Imprescia Jeffrey Fell Peter & Francis Martin 1:49.60
1981 Lord Avie Daniel Perlsweig Chris McCarron David Simon 1:50.40
1980 Plugged Nickle Thomas J. Kelly Buck Thornburg John M. Schiff 1:50.20
1979 Spectacular Bid Bud Delp Ronnie Franklin Hawksworth Farm 1:48.80
1978 Alydar John M. Veitch Jorge Velasquez Calumet Farm 1:47.00
1977 Ruthie's Native Eugene Jacobs Craig Perret Ruth A. Perlmutter 1:50.20
1977 Coined Silver George T. Poole III Buck Thornburg C. V. Whitney 1:48.80
1976 Honest Pleasure LeRoy Jolley Braulio Baeza Bertram R. Firestone 1:47.80
1975 Prince Thou Art Lou Rondinello Braulio Baeza Darby Dan Farm 1:50.40
1974 Judger Woody Stephens Laffit Pincay, Jr. Claiborne Farm 1:49.00
1973 Royal and Regal Warren A. Croll, Jr. Walter Blum Aisco Stable 1:47.40
1972 Upper Case Lucien Laurin Ron Turcotte Meadow Stable 1:50.00
1971 Eastern Fleet Reggie Cornell Eddie Maple Calumet Farm 1:47.40
1970 My Dad George Frank J. McManus Ray Broussard Raymond M. Curtis 1:50.80
1969 Top Knight Ray Metcalf Manuel Ycaza Steven B. Wilson 1:48.40
1968 Forward Pass Henry Forrest Don Brumfield Calumet Farm 1:49.00
1967 In Reality Melvin Calvert Earlie Fires Frances A. Genter 1:50.20
1966 Williamston Kid † James Bartlett Robert Stevenson Ternes & Bartlett 1:50.60
1965 Native Charger Ray Metcalf John L. Rotz Warner Stable 1:51.20
1964 Northern Dancer Horatio Luro Bill Shoemaker Windfields Farm 1:50.80
1963 Candy Spots Mesh Tenney Bill Shoemaker Rex C. Ellsworth 1:50.60
1962 Ridan LeRoy Jolley Manuel Ycaza Jolley / Woods / Greer 1:50.40
1961 Carry Back Jack A. Price Johnny Sellers Mrs. Katherine Price 1:48.80
1960 Bally Ache Homer Pitt Bobby Ussery Edgehill Farm 1:47.60
1959 Easy Spur Paul L. Kelley Bill Hartack Spring Hill Farm 1:47.20
1958 Tim Tam Horace A. Jones Bill Hartack Calumet Farm 1:49.20
1957 Gen. Duke Horace A. Jones Bill Hartack Calumet Farm 1:46.80
1956 Needles Hugh L. Fontaine David Erb D & H Stable 1:48.60
1955 Nashua Jim Fitzsimmons Eddie Arcaro Belair Stud 1:53.20
1954 Correlation Noble Threewitt Bill Shoemaker Robert S. Lytle 1:55.20
1953 Money Broker Vester R. Wright Alfred Popara G. & G. Stable 1:53.80
1952 Sky Ship Preston M. Burch Ronnie Nash Brookmeade Stable 1:50.80
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