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Florida Derby, Swale Stakes Notes (March 14)

Trainer Mickey Goldfine was putting the final touches on Senor Swinger Friday morning, just hours before the colt put his undefeated record on the line in Gulfstream Park's grade I Florida Derby. At $1 million, the 1 1/8-mile race is the richest prep in the nation for the Triple Crown.

Gotham Kicks Off Spring Meet

The spring racing season at Aqueduct officially kicks off today, with a 1 p.m. post. One of the highlights of opening weekend is Sunday's Gotham Stakes (gr. III), which will be televised live during ESPN2's 90-minute telecast beginning at 4:30 p.m. Usually run at a mile on the main track, the Gotham will be run at a mile and 70 yards on the inner track.

Speed Duel Expected in Richter Scale Sprint

Eight older horses are expected to duel in Saturday's $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. The Michael Gill-owned, Mark Shuman-trained entry of Native Heir and Highway Prospector will likely go off as the favorite in the seven-furlong sprint. The entry is 9/5 on the morning line.

Snow Dance Favored in Bayou Handicap

The $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap at Fair Grounds, which drew multiple graded stakes winner Snow Dance, could use a break from Mother Nature. The last two years, the richest turf race for older fillies and mares at the meet has been transferred to the main track due to wet weather.

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