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|Grade I race|
Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs)|
|Weight||122 lbs (55.3 kg)|
|Purse||$1 million (since 2011)|
The Florida Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses held annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Since 2005, it has been run five weeks before the Kentucky Derby, which is held on the first Saturday in May. Thus the Florida Derby is currently run either at the end of March or the beginning of April. Added to the racing schedule in 1952, the Grade I race is run at 1 1⁄8 miles on the dirt for a purse currently set at $1 Million.
The Florida Derby was first run in 1952. It has long been a prestigious prep race for the Kentucky Derby and since 2013 has been part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The race was originally run in early to mid-March and Kentucky Derby hopefuls would then run in another major prep race in April. In 2005, Gulfstream Park shifted its scheduling to run the race five weeks before the Kentucky Derby. This was originally believed to be a liability, as the preferred spacing of races is typically three to four weeks. When Barbaro won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, the five-week spacing began to be viewed as a potentially positive feature, allowing a horse to come into the Kentucky Derby well rested.
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.
Triple Crown Classic Winners
In total, 18 winners of the Florida Derby have gone on to win one or more Triple Crown Classics (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes).
Kentucky Derby Winners: Needles (1956), Tim Tam (1958), Carry Back (1961), Northern Dancer (1964), *Forward Pass (1968), Spectacular Bid (1979), Swale (1984), Unbridled (1990), Thunder Gulch (1995), Monarchos (2001), Barbaro (2006), Big Brown (2008), Orb (2013), Nyquist (2016), and Always Dreaming (2017).
Preakness Stakes Winners: Nashua (1955), Tim Tam (1958), Bally Ache (1960), Carry Back (1961), Candy Spots (1963), Forward Pass (1968), Spectacular Bid (1979), Snow Chief (1986), and Big Brown (2008).
Belmont Stakes Winners: Nashua (1955), Needles (1956), Swale (1984), Thunder Gulch (1995), and Empire Maker (2003).
- In 1968, Dancer's Image won the Kentucky Derby, but was disqualified and moved to last place after traces of phenylbutazone (a drug that was illegal at the time) was found in a post-race urine analysis. Forward Pass, the Derby runner-up, was awarded the honor of first placing.
- 1:46.80 - Gen. Duke (1957), equaled the world record for 1 1⁄8 miles at the time.
Most wins by an owner:
- 5 - Calumet Farm (1957, 1958, 1968, 1971, 1978)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 5 - John R. Velazquez (2009, 2013, 2015, 2017,2018)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 5 - Todd Pletcher (2007, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Largest margin of victory:
- 9 3⁄4 lengths – Empire Maker (2003)
Shortest priced winners:
- $2.10 (1/20 on) – Honest Pleasure (1976), Spectacular Bid (1979)
Longest priced winner:
- $183.60 (~91/1) – Williamstown Kid (1966)
Winners of the Florida Derby since 1952
|2018||Audible||John R. Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm||1:49:48||$1,000,000||I|
|2017||Always Dreaming||John R. Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||Brooklyn Boyz/Te.Viola Racing||1:47.47||$1,000,000||I|
|2016||Nyquist||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O'Neill||Reddam Racing||1:49.11||$1,000,000||I|
|2015||Materiality||John R. Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||Alto Racing||1:52.30||$1,000,000||I|
|2014||Constitution||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||Winstar Farm||1:49.17||$1,000,000||I|
|2013||Orb||John Velazquez||Claude McGaughey III||Janney/Phipps Stable||1:50.87||$1,000,000||I|
|2012||Take Charge Indy||Calvin Borel||Patrick B. Byrne||C & M Sandford||1:48.79||$1,000,000||I|
|2011||Dialed In||Julien R. Leparoux||Nick Zito||Robert V. LaPenta||1:50.74||$1,000,000||I|
|2010||Ice Box||Jose Lezcano||Nick Zito||Robert V. LaPenta||1:49.19||$750,000||I|
|2009||Quality Road||John Velazquez||James A. Jerkens||Edward P. Evans||1:47.72||$750,000||I|
|2008||Big Brown||Kent Desormeaux||Richard E. Dutrow Jr.||IEAH Stables/Paul Pompa Jr.||1:48.16||$1,000,000||I|
|2007||Scat Daddy||Edgar Prado||Todd A. Pletcher||James Scatuorchio/M. Tabor||1:49.00||$1,000,000||I|
|2006||Barbaro||Edgar Prado||Michael Matz||Lael Stables||1:49.01||$1,000,000||I|
|2005||High Fly||Jerry Bailey||Nick Zito||Live Oak Plantation||1:49.43||$1,000,000||I|
|2004||Friends Lake||Richard Migliore||John C. Kimmel||Chester & Mary Broman||1:51.38||$1,000,000||I|
|2003||Empire Maker||Jerry Bailey||Robert Frankel||Juddmonte Farms||1:49.05||$1,000,000||I|
|2002||Harlan's Holiday||Edgar Prado||Kenneth McPeek||Starlight Stable||1:48.80||$1,000,000||I|
|2001||Monarchos||Jorge Chavez||John T. Ward, Jr.||John C. Oxley||1:49.95||$1,000,000||I|
|2000||Hal's Hope||Roger Velez||Harold J. Rose||Rose Family Stable||1:51.49||$1,000,000||I|
|1999||Vicar||Shane Sellers||Carl Nafzger||James B. Tafel||1:50.83||$750,000||I|
|1998||Cape Town †||Shane Sellers||D. Wayne Lukas||Overbrook Farm||1:49.21||$750,000||I|
|1997||Captain Bodgit||Alex Solis||Gary Capuano||Team Valor||1:50.60||$750,000||I|
|1996||Unbridled's Song||Mike Smith||James T. Ryerson||Paraneck Stable||1:47.85||$750,000||I|
|1995||Thunder Gulch||Mike Smith||D. Wayne Lukas||Michael Tabor||1:49.70||$500,000||I|
|1994||Holy Bull||Mike Smith||Warren A. Croll, Jr.||Warren A. Croll, Jr.||1:47.66||$500,000||I|
|1993||Bull Inthe Heather||Wigberto Ramos||Howard M. Tesher||Arthur Klein||1:51.38||$500,000||I|
|1992||Technology||Jerry Bailey||Hubert Hine||Scott Savin||1:50.72||$500,000||I|
|1991||Fly So Free||Jose Santos||Scotty Schulhofer||Tommy Valando||1:50.44||$500,000||I|
|1990||Unbridled||Pat Day||Carl Nafzger||Genter Stable||1:52.00||$500,000||I|
|1989||Mercedes Won||Earlie Fires||Arnold Fink||Christopher Spencer||1:49.60||$500,000||I|
|1988||Brian's Time||Randy Romero||John M. Veitch||James W. Phillips||1:49.80||$500,000||I|
|1987||Cryptoclearance||Jose Santos||Scotty Schulhofer||Phil Teinowitz||1:49.60||$500,000||I|
|1986||Snow Chief||Alex Solis||Melvin F. Stute||Rochelle/Grinstead||1:51.80||$500,000||I|
|1985||Proud Truth||Jorge Velasquez||John M. Veitch||Darby Dan Farm||1:50.00||$500,000||I|
|1984||Swale||Laffit Pincay, Jr.||Woody Stephens||Claiborne Farm||1:47.60||$300,000||I|
|1983||Croeso||Frank Olivares||Stephen A. DiMauro||Cardiff Stud Farm/J. & R. Fowler||1:49.80||$300,000||I|
|1982||Timely Writer||Jeffrey Fell||Dominic Imprescia||Peter & Francis Martin||1:49.60||$250,000||I|
|1981||Lord Avie||Chris McCarron||Daniel Perlsweig||David Simon||1:50.40||$250,000||I|
|1980||Plugged Nickle||Buck Thornburg||Thomas J. Kelly||John M. Schiff||1:50.20||$250,000||I|
|1979||Spectacular Bid||Ronnie Franklin||Bud Delp||Hawksworth Farm||1:48.80||$200,000||I|
|1978||Alydar||Jorge Velasquez||John M. Veitch||Calumet Farm||1:47.00||$200,000||I|
|1977‡||Ruthie's Native||Craig Perret||Eugene Jacobs||Ruth A. Perlmutter||1:50.20||$125,000||I|
|Coined Silver||Buck Thornburg||George T. Poole III||C. V. Whitney||1:48.80||$125,000||I|
|1976||Honest Pleasure||Braulio Baeza||LeRoy Jolley||Bertram R. Firestone||1:47.80||$125,000||I|
|1975||Prince Thou Art||Braulio Baeza||Lou Rondinello||Darby Dan Farm||1:50.40||$150,000||I|
|1974||Judger||Laffit Pincay, Jr.||Woody Stephens||Claiborne Farm||1:49.00||$150,000||I|
|1973||Royal and Regal||Walter Blum||Warren A. Croll, Jr.||Aisco Stable||1:47.40||$130,000||I|
|1972||Upper Case||Ron Turcotte||Lucien Laurin||Meadow Stable||1:50.00||$130,000|
|1971||Eastern Fleet||Eddie Maple||Reggie Cornell||Calumet Farm||1:47.40||$125,000|
|1970||My Dad George||Ray Broussard||Frank J. McManus||Raymond M. Curtis||1:50.80||$125,000|
|1969||Top Knight||Manuel Ycaza||Raymond F. Metcalf||Steven B. Wilson||1:48.40|
|1968||Forward Pass||Don Brumfield||Henry Forrest||Calumet Farm||1:49.00|
|1967||In Reality||Earlie Fires||Melvin Calvert||Frances A. Genter||1:50.20|
|1966||Williamston Kid †||Robert Stevenson||James Bartlett||Ternes & Bartlett||1:50.60|
|1965||Native Charger||John L. Rotz||Raymond F. Metcalf||Warner Stable||1:51.20|
|1964||Northern Dancer||Bill Shoemaker||Horatio Luro||Windfields Farm||1:50.80|
|1963||Candy Spots||Bill Shoemaker||Mesh Tenney||Rex C. Ellsworth||1:50.60|
|1962||Ridan||Manuel Ycaza||LeRoy Jolley||Jolley / Woods / Greer||1:50.40|
|1961||Carry Back||Johnny Sellers||Jack A. Price||Mrs. Katherine Price||1:48.80|
|1960||Bally Ache||Bobby Ussery||Homer Pitt||Edgehill Farm||1:47.60|
|1959||Easy Spur||Bill Hartack||Paul L. Kelley||Spring Hill Farm||1:47.20|
|1958||Tim Tam||Bill Hartack||Horace A. Jones||Calumet Farm||1:49.20|
|1957||Gen. Duke||Bill Hartack||Horace A. Jones||Calumet Farm||1:46.80|
|1956||Needles||David Erb||Hugh L. Fontaine||D & H Stable||1:48.60|
|1955||Nashua||Eddie Arcaro||Jim Fitzsimmons||Belair Stud||1:53.20|
|1954||Correlation||Bill Shoemaker||Noble Threewitt||Robert S. Lytle||1:55.20|
|1953||Money Broker||Alfred Popara||Vester R. Wright||G. & G. Stable||1:53.80|
|1952||Sky Ship||Ronnie Nash||Preston M. Burch||Brookmeade Stable||1:50.80|
Paths to $5,500,000 Preakness Bonus:
- win Holy Bull Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
- win Fountain of Youth Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
Paths to $550,000 XpressBet Consolation Bonus:
- + win, place or show 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
- + win, place or show 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
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