Florida Derby

Tiz The Law, Chance It Among Prominent 3-Year-Olds Pointing To Holy Bull

Following a successful renewal of the $4 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Championship Series presented by Runhappy, Gulfstream Park turns its attention to 3-year-olds as they begin the march toward the $1 million Florida Derby (G1). Inaugurated in 1952, the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby has seen 44 starters go on to win a remarkable 59 […]

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Navarro: Premier Star Is ‘The Real Deal,’ Headed To Florida Derby

Sonata Stable’s Premier Star romped to a thoroughly dominating 5 ¼-length victory Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, stamping himself as a hot prospect for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 28. “From Day 1 I knew I had something special,” trainer Jorge Navarro said. “When I had him at Monmouth, I called the owner […]

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Buck Thornburg, 86, Dies: Rode Plugged Nickle To Major Victories

Buck Thornburg, who won the 1980 Florida Derby (G1) and Wood Memorial (G1) with Plugged Nickle and a division of the 1977 Florida Derby with Coined Silver, passed away comfortably with family by his side earlier this week. Thornburg was 86. A native of Muncie, Ind., where he rode his horse to school, Thornburg rode […]

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Chance It Tunes Up For Mucho Macho Man; Math Wizard ‘Fine’ After Spiking A Fever

Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It turned in a sizzling half-mile workout Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 Mucho Macho Man. The highly promising Florida Sire Stakes hero breezed a half-mile in 46.12 seconds over a ‘good’ track to be credited with the fastest of 112 workouts recorded at the four-furlong […]

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Dennis’ Moment Will Ship To Gulfstream Park This Week, Point To Fountain Of Youth

Albaugh Family Stables’ talented 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment has been taking it easy in Kentucky since he stumbled badly at the start of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. According to drf.com, the son of Tiznow is preparing to ship south to Gulfstream Park later this week to start training for his sophomore campaign. “Everything is good with […]

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Sunshine And Roses: Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Kicks Off Florida Road To Kentucky Derby

You don’t have to pass through Florida to get to Kentucky. But history — at least as it involves the best path to the Kentucky Derby (G1) — suggests it pays to experience a little sunshine and salt air before preening in the shadows of the Twin Spires come May. Once again, when Gulfstream Park […]

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Bodexpress To Use Wednesday Allowance As Stepping Stone To Harlan’s Holiday

Top Racing LLC, Global Thoroughbred and GDS Racing Stable’s Bodexpress, a belated yet popular maiden winner in his most recent start, could find himself back in against stakes company with another strong performance Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Gulfstream Park West. The sophomore son of Bodemeister, based at Gulfstream West with trainer Gustavo Delgado, drew Post […]

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Bodexpress ‘More Mature’ Ahead Of Monday’s Maiden Race

Bodexpress is scheduled to make a run at a belated graduation on Monday’s Columbus Day program at Gulfstream Park West, but the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister is hardly just another unaccomplished maiden. Owned by Top Racing LLC, Global Thoroughbreds and trainer Gustavo Delgado’s GDS Racing Stable, Bodexpress will bring a rather imposing resume into the […]

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Fan-Favorite Bodexpress Will Make His First Start Since Preakness On Monday

Bodexpress, who finished a clear second behind Maximum Security in this year’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream, is slated to make his first start since the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) on Monday’s Columbus Day program at Gulfstream Park West. Bodexpress, who reared at the start of the Preakness and unseated jockey John […]

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Maximum Security Back On Work Tab, Targeting Oct. 26 Bold Ruler Stakes

A colic episode precluded Maximum Security from entering the starting gate for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby last month, but the 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day appears to be recovering nicely as he graced the Monmouth Park work tab on Saturday morning. Clocked in 52.80 seconds for a half, Maximum Security actually breezed an […]

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