Sunday, March 28, 2021

Gulfstream Ends Championship Meet Today; Known Agenda Wins Florida Derby

Later on Sunday, we will begin a series of reports on Known Agenda's win on Saturday in the $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade 1) and other highlights of the closing weekend of the 2020-2021 championship meet.

The closing day Sunday card has twelve races. The Rainbow 6 will start on the seventh race, with scheduled post at 3:11 p.m. It is a 20 cents per combination-only bet.

There is a new pool on the Rainbow 6, and a mandatory payout of 80 percent of today's Rainbow 6 pool--no matter the number of tickets with all six winning horses. Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the the payout will be at least $200,000.

On Thursday, Gulfstream will begin its Spring-Summer meet with eight races and first post at 1:00 p.m. In that six-month meet, Gulfstream will have racing on Mondays through Thursdays/

In the Florida Derby, Known Agenda (photo on home page) passed Soup and Sandwich in the final half furlong and went on to beat that rival by 2 3/4 lengths. Greatest Honour finished third, three lengths behind Soup and Sandwich. 

Known Agenda's victory earned him 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) that will  be run May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.  He has 102 points, and that total assures him a spot in the 20-horse field.

Soup and Sandwich, in only his third career start, earned 40 points.  That might be enough for him to get into the Kentucky Derby.

There are four remaining championship round prep races that, like the Florida Derby, offer Kentucky Derby qualifying points of 100, 40, 20 and ten points for the first four finishers.

Greatest Honour earned 20 qualifying points, raising his total to 80.  He earned ten points for winning the Holy Bull (Grade 3) and the Fountain of Youth (Grade 2)--both at Gulfstream.

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