Gulfstream Park's 68th Florida Derby Day drew a big crowd, perfect weather, and an undefeated Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) winner in Maximum Security at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., Thoroughbred racing facility.
The crowd witnessed a Cinderella winner in Maximum Security, a former $16,000 claimer, winning the $1 million Florida Derby and Champagne Anyone winning the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G1). The 14-race program had a total handle of $47.520 million.
There was $14.405 million bet Saturday in the mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6, which had a carryover of $2.6 million. Multiple winning tickets returned $1,934.68.
“It was a special day,” said Gulfstream Park general manager Bill Badgett. “The crowd was great, the performances by our human and equine athletes was incredible, and the energy throughout our facility was fantastic.
“While we close our Championship Meet Sunday, we're very much looking forward to our Spring and Summer Meet with some great racing and fantastic events.”
Sunday's 11-race program begins with a first race post of 1:10 p.m.
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