The National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s website, NTRA.com, will offer free, live video streaming of the March 20 Florida Derby (gr. I) from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.
The Florida Derby is an important prep race for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Two Kentucky Derby winners in the last four years used a win in the Florida Derby as a springboard to victory on the first Saturday in May: Barbaro in 2006, and Big Brown in 2008. This year’s Florida Derby has drawn a field of 11 led by Rule, last out winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
The webcast, to be hosted by ESPN/ABC analyst and NFL Network host Randy Moss, will begin at 6 p.m. EST, with post time for the Florida Derby slated for 6:20 p.m. The race will also be televised live on HRTV.
The Florida Derby is one of several races leading to the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championships that will be webcast live on NTRA.com. The series, called NTRA Live!, will feature interviews with handicappers and on-track analysts, interactive chats with viewers, pre-and post-race analysis, handicapping selections, and other unique programming components. Access to the webcast is free.
The next NTRA Live! webcasts will be the March 28 Sunland Derby (gr. III) from Sunland Park, and the April 17 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) from Keeneland.