Gulfstream Park announces it will add bonus money for March 29 program based on the number of starters during each of the day's races.
Coming up to his 2014 seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park, top 3-year-old prospect Honor Code breezed four furlongs March 9 in :47.97 over the main track.
Top Billing will miss the Florida Derby and is off the Triple Crown trail with a cannon bone injury. Stablemate Honor Code, who makes his season debut March 12 at Gulfstream, could now be a candidate for Florida's big event.
A sharp Cairo Prince continued his preparations for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) by breezing a bullet five furlongs March 1 at Palm Meadows, the Gulfstream Park satellite training facility.
Darley has purchased a majority interest in current Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Cairo Prince. The son of Pioneerof the Nile will race in the blue silks of Godolphin Racing.
Wildcat Red and General a Rod, the one-two finishers in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will likely take their nascent rivalry to the next level in the $1 million Florida Derby.
Early Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) favorite Cairo Prince breezed a half mile in :48.75 the morning of Feb. 15 at the Palm Meadows training facility.
Todd Pletcher-conditioned Commissioner is training forwardly for his scheduled stakes debut in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22.
Almost Famous will make his next start in the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth (gr. II); Honor Code returns to tab; Cairo Prince expected to breeze Feb. 15 while prepping for the Florida Derby (gr. I).
After Conquest Titan closed from last to finish second behind Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 25, trainer Mark Casse looked into his options for the son of Birdstone.
Cairo Prince, impressive winner of the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, is bypassing the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth and will likely make his next start in the March 29 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I).
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Gulfstream Park announced a record $10.75 million stakes program for its 2013-14 meet that consists of 61 stakes, highlighted by the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29.
Starlight Racing reports Shanghai Bobby sustained a pelvic stress fracture exiting the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Racing's Orb, winner of the March 30 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I), leapfrogs Verrazano to top the April 1 NTRA 3-year-old poll.
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Orb and Revolutionary in the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races; the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
Shug McGaughey made the trip to Payson Park March 31 to check on Orb, his Besilu Stables Florida Derby winner (gr. I) the preceding afternoon, reporting that the son of Malibu Moon was looking bright and feeling good.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said he was waiting for Orb to take him to Louisville, and the Hall of Fame conditioner should be on his way with the colt's big win in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30.
- By Claire Novak
Flash back with me. Spring of 1962. The target everyone wants to hit, of course, is the Kentucky Derby--but in the meantime, as a stepping stone, the Florida Derby looms. read blog
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Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
- By Pete Denk
Handicapping the weekend's major prep races. read blog
Handicapper Ed DeRosa from Brisnet.com joins Joel on the set this week to discuss the Florida Derby (gr. I) and the Louisiana Derby (gr. II). So, who's primed to run big? Watch it. Comment. Watch Video
A field of 10 has been entered for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30 at Gulfstream Park, although three horses are getting almost all of the attention: Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby, and Orb.
Both colts will be among the favorites for the Santa Anita and Florida Derbys.
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