Florida Derby

El Areeb (Exchange Rate) and jockey Trevor McCarthy win the Withers (Gr III) at Aqueduct Racetrack 2/4/17. Trainer: Cathal Lynch. Owner: M M G Racing Stable
Florida Derby Start Thrown ‘Into The Mix’ For Promising El Areeb

Add the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park to the list of Triple Crown preps being considered for M M G Stables’ impressive 3-year-old El Areeb, a winner of his last four races including back-to-back graded stakes. Laurel Park-based trainer Cal Lynch said the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby is among the […]

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Dante Zanelli Jr.
Peruvian G1 Winner Huracan Americo Has Sights Set On Florida Derby

Nine years after running third in the Florida Derby (G1) with a Peruvian Group 1 winner making his North American debut, trainer Dante Zanelli Jr. is targeting Gulfstream Park’s signature race with another South American import. Huracan Americo, owned by Oscar Pena’s Dona Licha Stables, is being pointed to the 66th running of the $1 […]

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Racing at Gulfstream Park
Gulfstream Reports Record Wagering In 2016; Handle Increases 13 Percent

Gulfstream Park announced today a record $1.774 billion was wagered via Gulfstream Park in 2016, a 9-percent increase over the previous record of $1.625 billion in 2015. Gulfstream also announced a record $1.508 billion was wagered on its live races in 2016, a 13-percent increase from the previous record of $1.338 billion in 2015. Gulfstream’s […]

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Delta Downs Jackpot winner Gunnevera is expected to make his 2016 debut the Holy Bull Stakes Feb. 4
Gunnevera, Three Rules Work Toward 3-Year-Old Debuts In Florida

Multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera and Florida Sire Stakes champion Three Rules spent the final morning of their respective freshman seasons working out Saturday for scheduled 3-year-old debuts at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4. Gunnevera breezed a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 59.85 seconds at Gulfstream Park West (VIDEO), while Three Rules was timed in 47.20 seconds for […]

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Tapwrit wins the Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Pletcher-Trained Trio Of Juveniles Earn Florida Derby Trail Consideration

Tapwrit stamped himself as a horse to watch in upcoming stakes on the Road to the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) Saturday, notching his first stakes victory in the $75,000 Pulpit Stakes at Gulfstream Park. “I think everything is in play now,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled four stakes winners on Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase […]

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Trainer Tony Dutrow said downgrade of Wood Memorial may force him to change plans for Remsen Stakes winner Mo Town
Statistics Trump Common Sense In Committee’s Downgrade Of Blue Grass, Wood Memorial

Many of the best horses in the East Coast on the trail to the Kentucky Derby no longer use the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as their final prep before the run for the roses on the first Saturday in May. That fact was reflected when the Thoroughbred Owners […]

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Take Charge Indy wins the 2012 Florida Derby
‘You Can’t Find A Guy With A Bigger Heart’: Owner Charles Sandford Dies At 70

Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford, 70, passed away on Friday following a lengthy battle with cancer, according to bloodhorse.com. He and his wife Maribeth, proprietors of Bag Makers, Inc., purchased their first horses in 2010. The couple hit the national stage with 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, trained by Sandford’s long-time friend Pat Byrne. […]

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Racing at Gulfstream Park
Inaugural Pegasus World Cup, Florida Derby Headline Gulfstream’s Championship Meet

In the shadow of Pegasus, Gulfstream Park stands poised to make history. When the country’s premier Thoroughbred winter meet opens Saturday, Gulfstream will be the center of the racing universe, offering: · A record $25 million stakes purse disbursement including the record $12 million purse for the world’s richest horse race, the Pegasus World Cup […]

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Three Rules leaving the track after training at Santa Anita
Three Rules Will Point To Gulfstream Park’s Derby Trail In 2017

Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ multiple stakes-winning homebred Three Rules will get a short break before being pointed to Gulfstream Park’s series of stakes races for 3-year-olds capped by the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1. Trainer Jose Pinchin said the Gone Astray colt returned to South Florida on Wednesday, four days after suffering his first […]

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Materiality wins the Florida Derby
Jockey Club Records Indicate Florida Derby Winner Materiality Is Deceased

According to the records at The Jockey Club, Grade 1 Florida Derby victor Materiality has been reported as deceased. The 4-year-old colt by Afleet Alex had been battling laminitis for the past year, treated by Dr. Scott Morrison, an equine podiatrist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. Bred by John Gunther in Kentucky, Materiality was […]

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