Saturday, May 2, 2015

Florida Tracks: Live Racing and Kentucky Derby

By HorseracingFLA staff
Saturday, May 2 -- Both Florida Thoroughbred tracks will have live racing today and also simulcast the Kentucky Derby and all of the day’s other races at Churchill Downs.

Tampa Bay Downs will have ten races with first post time of 12:40 p.m.  None of those races are stakes.

Gulfstream Park will have ten races, with first post time of 1:00 p.m. It will have two stakes races with $75,000 purses.

The English Channel is  1 1/16  miles on turf  for 3-year-year-old males.

Moon Over Cuzco is the likely heavy favorite. He has won two non-stakes on turf at that distance at Gulfstream, both in fast  times.  Tyler Gaffalione will ride for trainer Chad Brown.

The English Channel is  the seventh race, with scheduled post of 4:00 p.m.

The Honey Ryder is one mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies.

It will  be the Gulfstream debut and second U.S. start for the highly regarded Sivoliere.

She won three of her five starts in France.  She last raced on Oct. 31, finishing  fifth  among  13 horses in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1) at Santa Anita.

Her sire is Sea the Stars, the European champion of 2008 and 2009 who is widely regarded as one of the world’s best horses of the last several decades.

Jose Caraballo will ride Sivoliere for Brown.

The Honey Ryder is the eighth race with scheduled post time of 4:30 p.m.

Scheduled post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:34 p.m. eastern.

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