Maximum Security Finishes Fast in Florida Derby

Maximum Security winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - © Adam Coglianese Photography The name of the game in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park was “catch me if you can,” and when the dust settled, you could practically hear the front-running Maximum Security taunting his rivals as he pulled away down the homestretch to score a convincing victory in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Granted, the pace setup for Maximum [...]

How To Bet the Florida Derby Podcast

The Kentucky Derby favorite could come from the Florida Derby, as Hidden Scroll looks to rebound from his fourth-place behind Code of Honor and Bourbon War in the Fountain of Youth, Maximum Security looks to breakout in his stakes debut, and Harvey Wallbanger is out to prove his Holy Bull was no fluke. All that plus Current's return to dirt, and the intriguing maiden Bodexpress! Danny Zucker of discusses with Ed DeRosa of how to bet the Florida [...]

How to Bet the Florida Derby

Code of Honor winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes - © Adam Coglianese Photography In analyzing the contenders for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, I think the top finishers from last month’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) might be a cut above their challengers in this 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Specifically, those would be #9 Code of Honor, #4 Bourbon War, and #1 Hidden Scroll, who ran [...]

Should You Bet Deep Closers in the Pegasus World Cup?

Question: Will deep closers who rally from the back of the pack have any chance to contend for a significant piece of the purse in the 2019 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park? It seems like nine-furlong races at Gulfstream Park often receive special scrutiny since they start so close to the first turn and there’s always concern about horses drawn outside getting hung wide and losing all chance. But might the running style of each individual horse [...]

Audible Impresses Again in Florida Derby

Audible winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - Photo by Adam Coglianese Photography While there’s still five weeks remaining until the Kentucky Derby, it appears that the two-time Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher is going to hold a very strong hand in the 2018 renewal of the race. Pletcher already has Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Noble Indy and Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Magnum Moon targeting the race, and on Saturday Pletcher showcased arguably his best prospect yet [...]

2018 Kentucky Derby: Top 5 Heading Into April Prep Races

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography I'm not as sold on the Florida Derby runners as some others are. Yes, I am writing this before March 31 when the Florida Derby takes place at Gulfstream Park. The reason I am is because unless Audible absolutely blows his competition out of the water, he's not making my Top 5. In fact, he'd have to win by around 15 lengths to make this Top 5. Check out my Top 5 to win the [...]

How to Bet the Grade 1 Florida Derby

The grand finale on the 14-race Saturday afternoon card at Gulfstream Park is the $1.1 million dollar Grade 1 Florida Derby. The event for three-year-olds is conducted at a mile and an eighth and offers a total of 170 qualifying points (100 to the winner) on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard. The Florida Derby marks the return of one of my top contenders for this year’s “Run for the Roses” in #8 Audible. The New York bred has [...]

Florida Derby Saturday card at Gulfstream

Thoroughbred fans have been scouting their Kentucky Derby hopefuls for several months and for many of them two of the horses that are among the top five on their respective lists - if not the top two spots - will clash on Saturday afternoon in the Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby in the 14th and final race on a stakes-filled card at Gulfstream Park. Last year's champion two-year-old colt, Nyquist, trained by Doug O'Neill of I'll Have Another fame, [...]