Tropical Park Derby

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Tropical Park Derby
Ungraded Stakes race
Location Calder Race Course
Miami Gardens, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1976
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1-1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds

The Tropical Park Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race run at Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Florida on New Year’s Day which makes it the first “derby” of the year. The one and one eighth mile Ungraded stakes race run on turf for 3-year-olds offers a purse of $100,000 added. Prior to 1994, the race was run on dirt. The race was downgraded from a Grade III race in 2011 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.[1]

Inaugurated in 1976, the Tropical Park Derby, named for the old Tropical Park Race Track in Miami, is thought of as the first step on the American Triple Crown trail.

Due to financial pressure, Calder cancelled this race for 2009.[2]

Past winners[edit]

  • ‡ In 2002, the race was run off the turf, but retained its GIII status.


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