Florida Derby

Jerardi: Expecting big things from Union Rags in Florida Derby

At Daily Racing Form, Dick Jerardi notes that in general, this three-year-old crop seems to be getting faster with each prep race, something that did not happen last year. In particular, this Saturday’s Florida Derby could produce a big-time figure with Union Rags taking on another top contender in El Padrino.  Jerardi says while El […]

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El Padrino on target for Florida Derby after breeze at Palm Meadows

El Padrino signaled his readiness for a clash with Union Rags in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park during a half-mile workout at Palm Meadows Training Center Sunday morning. The son of Pulpit, who was ridden by jockey Javier Castellano, was timed in :49. “He went well. He went in :49, which […]

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Take Charge Indy and News Pending put in final works for Florida Derby

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s 3-year-old Take Charge Indy, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Pat Byrne in his final tune-up for the Florida Derby. “It was a good maintenance work,” said Byrne. “He’s ready to go. It looks like the best (Kentucky) prep of the year. We know […]

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Union Rags breezes the ‘right way’ in preparation for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fountain of Youth (G2) victor Union Rags breezed a half-mile in company Saturday at Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a start in next Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1). The 3-year-old son of Dixie Union, who is expected to be a solid favorite in Gulfstream Park’s signature race, breezed […]

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Zito: Dialed In to have minor surgery; will miss two months

Last year’s Florida Derby winner, Dialed In, has hit another bump in the road as he seeks a return to previous form.  Trainer Nick Zito tells the Daily Racing Form that Dialed In will have surgery to remove a small chip in his right knee – the same knee that required surgery following the 2011 […]

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Florida Derby field coming together

It appears the Florida Derby will have at least a field of seven Triple Crown hopefuls go postward March 31 at Gulfstream Park.  The two likely top choices – Union Rags and El Padrino – are both working towards a Florida Derby start.  El Padrino went five furlongs Sunday in 1:01 1/5 at Palm Meadows. […]

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Union Rags, Take Charge Indy work at Palm Meadows, target Florida Derby

Union Rags breezed 5 furlongs in 1:04.21 with Julien Leparoux aboard Saturday morning at Palm Meadows, while another Florida Derby hopeful, Take Charge Indy, worked the same distance in 1:01.88, reports the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Michael Matz indicated that Union Rags would have a sharper half-mile work next Saturday as his final prep for […]

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Florida Derby: Challengers not shying away from Union Rags

It appeared Union Rags might have an easy final prep in the Florida Derby, with a small field and not a great deal of competition.  But that may not be the case after all.  Several prominent Kentucky Derby candidates still have their eyes on the March 31st race. Risen Star winner El Padrino is now […]

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Take Charge Indy to skip TB Derby, point to Florida Derby

The trainer for Take Charge Indy, one of the leading contenders for Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby, has decided to scratch the colt.  Trainer Pat Byrne told the Daily Racing Form Friday that the son of A.P. Indy would instead wait for the Florida Derby March 31 at Gulfstream Park. “We just decided we’re not going […]

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