Florida Derby

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This article is about the Thoroughbred horse race. For the soccer rivalry between Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers see Fort Lauderdale – Tampa Bay soccer rivalry.
Grade 1 race
Florida Derby
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Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA
Inaugurated 1952
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website The Florida Derby
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs (55.3 kg)
Purse $1 million

The Florida Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses held annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida on the Saturday closest to the end of March or the first of April. Added to the racing schedule in 1952, the Grade 1 race is run at 1⅛ miles on the dirt for a purse currently set at $1 Million.

Winners of the Florida Derby usually go on to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

In 1977, a large field resulted in the race being run in two divisions.

Between 1926 and 1937, the Flamingo Stakes was known as the Florida Derby.

Records[edit]

Speed Record:

  • 1:46.80 - Gen. Duke (1957), equaled the world record for 1⅛ miles at the time.

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Florida Derby since 1952[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Purse
Gr
2014 Constitution 3 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Winstar Farm 1-1/8 1:49.17 $1,000,000 I
2013 Orb 3 John Velazquez Claude McGaughey III Janney/Phipps Stable 1-1/8 1:50.87 $1,000,000 I
2012 Take Charge Indy 3 Calvin Borel Patrick B. Byrne C & M Sandford 1-1/8 1:48.79 $1,000,000 I
2011 Dialed In 3 Julien R. Leparoux Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1-1/8 1:50.74 $1,000,000 I
2010 Ice Box 3 Jose Lezcano Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1-1/8 1:49.19 $750,000 I
2009 Quality Road 3 John Velazquez James A. Jerkens Edward P. Evans 1-1/8 1:47.72 $750,000 I
2008 Big Brown 3 Kent Desormeaux Richard E. Dutrow IEAH Stables/Paul Pompa 1-1/8 1:48.16 $1,000,000 I
2007 Scat Daddy 3 Edgar Prado Todd A. Pletcher J. Scatuorchio / M. Tabor 1-1/8 1:49.00 $1,000,000 I
2006 Barbaro 3 Edgar Prado Michael Matz Lael Stables 1-1/8 1:49.01 $1,000,000 I
2005 High Fly 3 Jerry Bailey Nick Zito Live Oak Plantation 1-1/8 1:49.43 $1,000,000 I
2004 Friends Lake 3 Richard Migliore John C. Kimmel Chester & Mary Broman 1-1/8 1:51.38 $1,000,000 I
2003 Empire Maker 3 Jerry Bailey Robert Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1-1/8 1:49.05 $1,000,000 I
2002 Harlan's Holiday 3 Edgar Prado Kenneth McPeek Starlight Stable 1-1/8 1:48.80 $1,000,000 I
2001 Monarchos 3 Jorge Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1-1/8 1:49.95 $1,000,000 I
2000 Hal's Hope 3 Roger Velez Harold Rose Rose Family Stable 1-1/8 1:51.49 $1,000,000 I
1999 Vicar 3 Shane Sellers Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel 1-1/8 1:50.83 $750,000 I
1998 Cape Town 3 Shane Sellers D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1-1/8 1:49.21 $750,000 I
1997 Captain Bodgit 3 Alex Solis Gary Capuano Team Valor 1-1/8 1:50.60 $750,000 I
1996 Unbridled's Song 3 Mike Smith James T. Ryerson Paraneck Stable 1-1/8 1:47.85 $750,000 I
1995 Thunder Gulch 3 Mike Smith D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 1-1/8 1:49.70 $500,000 I
1994 Holy Bull 3 Mike Smith Warren A. Croll, Jr. Warren A. Croll, Jr. 1-1/8 1:47.66 $500,000 I
1993 Bull In the Heather 3 Wigberto Ramos Howard M. Tesher Arthur Klein 1-1/8 1:51.38 $500,000 I
1992 Technology 3 Jerry Bailey Hubert Hine Scott Savin 1-1/8 1:50.72 $500,000 I
1991 Fly So Free 3 Jose Santos Scotty Schulhofer Tommy Valando 1-1/8 1:50.44 $500,000 I
1990 Unbridled 3 Pat Day Carl Nafzger Genter Stable 1-1/8 1:52.00 $500,000 I
1989 Mercedes Won 3 Earlie Fires Arnold Fink Christopher Spencer 1-1/8 1:49.60 $500,000 I
1988 Brian's Time 3 Randy Romero John M. Veitch James W. Phillips 1-1/8 1:49.80 $500,000 I
1987 Cryptoclearance 3 Jose Santos Scotty Schulhofer Phil Teinowitz 1-1/8 1:49.60 $500,000 I
1986 Snow Chief 3 Alex Solis Melvin F. Stute Rochelle/Grinstead 1-1/8 1:51.80 $500,000 I
1985 Proud Truth 3 Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1-1/8 1:50.00 $500,000 I
1984 Swale 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1-1/8 1:47.60 $300,000 I
1983 Croeso 3 Frank Olivares Jerry M. Fanning Joyce & Roy Fowler 1-1/8 1:49.80 $300,000 I
1982 Timely Writer 3 Jeffrey Fell Dominic Imprescia Peter & Francis Martin 1-1/8 1:49.60 $250,000 I
1981 Lord Avie 3 Chris McCarron Daniel Perlsweig David Simon 1-1/8 1:50.40 $250,000 I
1980 Plugged Nickle 3 Buck Thornburg Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 1-1/8 1:50.20 $250,000 I
1979 Spectacular Bid 3 Ronnie Franklin Bud Delp Hawksworth Farm 1-1/8 1:48.80 $200,000 I
1978 Alydar 3 Jorge Velasquez John M. Veitch Calumet Farm 1-1/8 1:47.00 $200,000 I
1977 Ruthie's Native 3 Craig Perret Eugene Jacobs Ruth A. Perlmutter 1-1/8 1:50.20 $125,000 I
1977 Coined Silver 3 Buck Thornburg George T. Poole III C. V. Whitney 1-1/8 1:48.80 $125,000 I
1976 Honest Pleasure 3 Braulio Baeza LeRoy Jolley Bertram R. Firestone 1-1/8 1:47.80 $125,000 I
1975 Prince Thou Art 3 Braulio Baeza Lou Rondinello Darby Dan Farm 1-1/8 1:50.40 $150,000 I
1974 Judger 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1-1/8 1:49.00 $150,000 I
1973 Royal and Regal 3 Walter Blum Warren A. Croll, Jr. Aisco Stable 1-1/8 1:47.40 $130,000 I
1972 Upper Case 3 Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 1-1/8 1:50.00 $130,000
1971 Eastern Fleet 3 Eddie Maple Reggie Cornell Calumet Farm 1-1/8 1:47.40
1970 My Dad George 3 Ray Broussard Frank J. McManus Raymond M. Curtis 1-1/8 1:50.80
1969 Top Knight 3 Manuel Ycaza Ray Metcalf Steven B. Wilson 1-1/8 1:48.40
1968 Forward Pass 3 Don Brumfield Henry Forrest Calumet Farm 1-1/8 1:49.00
1967 In Reality 3 Earlie Fires Melvin Calvert Frances A. Genter 1-1/8 1:50.20
1966 Williamston Kid † 3 Robert Stevenson James Bartlett Ternes & Bartlett 1-1/8 1:50.60
1965 Native Charger 3 John L. Rotz Ray Metcalf Warner Stable 1-1/8 1:51.20
1964 Northern Dancer 3 Bill Shoemaker Horatio Luro Windfields Farm 1-1/8 1:50.80
1963 Candy Spots 3 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1-1/8 1:50.60
1962 Ridan 3 Manuel Ycaza LeRoy Jolley Jolley / Woods / Greer 1-1/8 1:50.40
1961 Carry Back 3 Johnny Sellers Jack A. Price Mrs. Katherine Price 1-1/8 1:48.80
1960 Bally Ache 3 Bobby Ussery Homer Pitt Edgehill Farm 1-1/8 1:47.60
1959 Easy Spur 3 Bill Hartack Paul L. Kelley Spring Hill Farm 1-1/8 1:47.20
1958 Tim Tam 3 Bill Hartack Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1-1/8 1:49.20
1957 Gen. Duke 3 Bill Hartack Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1-1/8 1:46.80
1956 Needles 3 David Erb Hugh L. Fontaine D & H Stable 1-1/8 1:48.60
1955 Nashua 3 Eddie Arcaro Jim Fitzsimmons Belair Stud 1-1/8 1:53.20
1954 Correlation 3 Bill Shoemaker Noble Threewitt Robert S. Lytle 1-1/8 1:55.20
1953 Money Broker 3 Alfred Popara Vester R. Wright G. & G. Stable 1-1/8 1:53.80
1952 Sky Ship 3 Ronnie Nash Preston M. Burch Brookmeade Stable 1-1/8 1:50.80
  • † 1998 - Lil's Lad finished 1st but was disqualified to 2nd
  • † 1966 - Abe's First finished 1st but was disqualified to 4th

Special Bonus[edit]

Paths to $5,500,000 Preakness Bonus:
1) win Holy Bull Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
2) win Fountain of Youth Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
3) win Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) win San Felipe Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
5) win El Camino Real Derby + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

Paths to $550,000 XpressBet Bonus:
1) run in Holy Bull Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
2) run in Fountain of Youth Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
3) run in Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) run in San Felipe Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
5) run in El Camino Real Derby + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

  • Note: In 2011 Shackleford won for the $550,000 Xpressbet Bonus.

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