Florida Derby

Gulfstream’s Championship Meet To Feature 98 Stakes Races For Purses Of $28.6 Million

The $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, which has become one of sport’s most prestigious and exciting days, and the $1 million Florida Derby (G1), which has produced the winners of 59 Triple Crown events, highlight Gulfstream Park’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet beginning Friday, Nov. 29. The Championship Meet, which has attracted the world’s […]

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Maximum Security ‘Not There Yet,’ But Targeting Either Travers Or Pennsylvania Derby

Gary and Mary West’s multiple graded-stakes winner Maximum Security breezed four furlongs in 54 seconds flat on August 7 at Monmouth Park as he continues preparations for his next start in either the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course or the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on […]

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‘All The X-Rays Were Negative’: Servis Prepared To Move Forward With Maximum Security

Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security emerged from his controversial run in the Kentucky Derby with cuts on his hind legs, and trainer Jason Servis wasn’t happy with the colt’s movement when jogging last Thursday at Monmouth Park, according to the Asbury Park Press. He decided to have the son of New Year’s Day fully […]

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Maximum Security ‘Just Maintaining’ In One-Mile Work At Palm Meadows

Florida Derby winner Maximum Security breezed toward the Kentucky Derby on Sunday, steadily cruising through a mile at trainer Jason Servis’ Palm Meadows base in Southern Florida. The colt was given an official time of :42.00 for three furlongs. “It was a spectacular morning here, 59 degrees and crystal clear,” Servis told drf.com. “He went […]

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Florida Derby Weekend Events Raise $50,000 For Thoroughbred Aftercare

Gulfstream Park’s charity events on Florida Derby Weekend, including the inaugural Battle of the Apron and Florida Derby Cocktails and Horse Tales, raised more than $50,000 for the Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC). The Battle of the Apron, featuring chefs from 11 of South Florida’s most popular restaurants cooking their signature dishes, had […]

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‘There Are Going To Be Ebbs And Flows’: Pletcher Hoping Derby Trail Slump Makes Him Better

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he has scrutinized every facet of an operation that produced a record seven Eclipse Awards in a remarkable stretch from 2004-’14 but recently showed evidence of decline. A dazzling spring last year in which Noble Indy won the Louisiana Derby, Audible the Florida Derby, Vino Rosso the Wood Memorial and Magnum […]

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Maximum Security Debuts At Fifth In NTRA’s Top 3-Year-Old Poll

A handy victory by Maximum Security in the Grade 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby and some stirring performances on the Dubai World Cup card provided some movement in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively. Trained by Jason Servis, Maximum Security remained unbeaten in four career starts […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Hoping For Clarity

Confusion and inconsistency continue to be the theme of Kentucky Derby prep race results, and as such neither of this weekend’s winners cracked the top ten selections in this week’s The Derby 20. Several contenders have been removed: Mind Control was withdrawn from Derby consideration and will focus on shorter races, while both Hidden Scroll […]

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Code Of Honor Ran ‘Pretty Game’; Hennig ‘Confident Going Forward’ With Bourbon War

Code of Honor raced well off the slow pace of the Florida Derby before closing to finish third behind Maximum Security. The 3-year-old son of Noble Mission came out of the race fine, said trainer Shug McGaughey. “I thought he ran fine. That’s not the type of race he needs with one horse on the […]

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Saez ‘Walked The Dog’ With Maximum Security In Florida Derby

Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security exited his dominating triumph in Saturday’s $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park in good order Sunday morning. The 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day continued his unlikely ascension from $16,000 claimer to serious Kentucky Derby (G1) candidate in the 68th Florida Derby, in which he won […]

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