It is early morning on Saturday March 31—Florida Derby day at Gulfstream Park.
In addition to its annual marquee race for 3-year-olds, Gulfstream has a Rainbow 6 carryover of more than $4.7 million that must be paid out in full.
That combination is leading to expectations that total handle on Gulfstream’s 14 races could be almost $50 million. That would be a record for Gulfstream
except for the three days in 1989, 1993 and 1999 when it held the Breeders’ Cup.
First post is 11:30 a.m. for Saturday’s race card.
The $1 million Florida Derby (Grade 1) is the 14th race, with scheduled post of 6:36 p.m.) It is 11/8 miles on dirt and is a major prep for the 1 ¼ mile Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) that will be run on May 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The Rainbow 6 is on races nine to 14, with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:34 p.m.
Starting later this morning, we will have ongoing on-site coverage of today’s Gulfstream racing on this blog.