Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Florida Derby Draw Set for Wednesday

By Jim Freer
Gulfstream Park will draw post positions at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (Grade 1).

The Florida Derby is 1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds, and is one of nine stakes races on Saturday’s card.  Five of the day’s other stakes are graded.

First post will be 12:00 p.m. for Saturday’s 14-race card.  The Gulfstream condition book shows the Florida Derby as the 14th race. Post time would be around 6:45 p.m. 

On Wednesday evening we will have a story that includes the race schedule for Saturday.

The Florida Derby will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network (MBCSN) cable channel.

Gunnevera is the likely favorite, based on his runaway win in the 1 1/16 mile Fountain of Youth (Grade 2) at Gulfstream
on March 4.

The Fountain of Youth’s second through fourth place 
finishers also are expected back for the Florida Derby.   
They are Practical Joke, Three Rules and Talk Logistics.

Other likely Florida Derby starters are State of Honor, Impressive Edge, Unbridled Holiday and Always Dreaming.

A more detailed version of this article may be found on our Web site.

-- Jim Freer

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