Thursday, March 25, 2021

Field Set for Saturday's Florida Derby

HRFLA Staff Report

Greatest Honour drew post seven and has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade 1)  at Gulfstream Park.

On Wednesday, Gulfstream drew posts for Saturday's 14 races, including the Florida Derby and nine other stakes races.

First post will be 11:30 a.m.  The Florida Derby will be the 14th race with scheduled post  at 6:40 p.m. It is  1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds.

The Florida Derby is a final round points qualifying race for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) on May 1 at Churchill Downs at Louisville, Ky. 

The first four finishers in the Florida Derby will receive 100, 40, 20 and 10 points, respectively

Here are the Florida Derby post positions--with jockeys, trainers and morning line odds.

1 Nova Rags -- J. Alvarad0, Mott               12-1

2 Quantum Leap -- Vasquez. Wilkes        20-1 

3 Jirafales -- Zayas. G. Delgado                 30-1

4 Southern Passage -- Lanerie, Romans  30-1 

5 Known Agenda -- I. Ortiz, Pletcher         5-1

6 Sigiloso -- Reyes, Sano                              30-1 

7 Greatest Honour--J. Ortiz, McGaughey   6-5

8 Soup And Sandwich--Velazquez, Casse  20-1

9  Collaborate--Gaffalione, Joseph               6-1

10 Spielberg--Castellano, Baffert                  4-1

11 Papetu -- Jaramillo, Sano                         15-1 

Greatest Honour is favored based on his victories in this year's Holy Bull (Grade 3) and Fountain of Youth (Grade 2),  both at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream.  He has 60 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, which assures him a spot in the race if he remains healthy.

Regular rider Jose Ortiz has the mount for  trainer Shug McGaughey.

This link the Equibase Web site has the Gulfstream entries for Saturday.

It has click-ons for handicapping material.  Some is free. Some, including past performances, is at cost.

Later on Thursday, we will have an expanded version of this story.

On Friday, we will have previews  of other stakes races on the Florida Derby day card.

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