Brace yourself horse racing fans because Saturday’s double header of thoroughbred racing will feature two of the biggest contests in the Florida and Louisiana Derby. Today’s races will kick off a month long series of Grade II stake races that will help determine the field leading up to the Kentucky Derby this May.
First of all, let’s take a look at the Florida Derby.
Gunnevera comes in as the early favorite at 9-5. Fresh off of winning the Fountain of Youth by over five lengths back on March 4, the son of Dialed In is the morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million, Grade I Xpressbet Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. A win here could all but sew up a spot in the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
The Florida Derby is a big race for all of the horses entered, as 100 points will be up for grabs in the pool. The Florida Derby points system offers points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers toward the Kentucky Derby, so finishing first or second would be great, although a first place showing is what all of these horses will obviously be shooting for.
Always Dreaming is another horse to keep your eye on at the Florida Derby. A son of Bodemeister, he won an allowance optional claiming race on March 4 at Gulfstream Park by four lengths. Post time is set for 6:40 p.m. ET, and TVG will televise all of the action live.
Here is the complete field and all the information you need to know about the Florida Derby.
- Post time: 6:40 p.m. EDT at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
- Purse: $1 million. Grade: I. Distance: 1 1/8 miles.
- TV: TVG
- Live Stream: Gulfstreampark.com/racing/live-stream
Florida Derby Field
- State of Honor — Julien Leparoux, 8-1
- Talk Logistics –Joe Bravo, 30-1
- Charlie the Greek — Leonel Reyes, 50-1
- Always Dreaming — John Velazquez, 4-1
- Quinientos — Carlos Montalvo, 50-1
- Coleman Rocky — Jose Ortiz, 30-1
- Unbridled Holiday — Nik Juarez, 30-1
- Impressive Edge — Corey Lanerie, 12-1
- Battalion Runner — John Velazquez, 3-1
- Three Rules — Luis Saez, 8-1
- Gunnevera — Javier Castellano, 9-5
Onto the Louisiana Derby. While the Louisiana Derby may not have the flare of the Florida Derby this year, it still has top notch competition. The No. 1 horse, Patch, is one horse to keep your eyes on. Ironically, Patch will be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, a regular at Gulfstream Park.
Patch, who is currently listed at 9-2, is second on the odds board behind the favorite Girvin. Girvin won his previous start by two-lengths, capturing the Risen Star Stakes. He is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby and will once again be ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Here is all the information you need for the 2017 Louisiana Derby:
- Post time: 6:21 p.m. EDT at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.
- Purse: $1 million. Grade: II. Distance: 1 1/8 miles.
- TV: TVG
Louisiana Derby Field
- Patch — Tyler Gaffalione, 9-2
- Hollywood Handsome — Francisco Torres, 12-1
- Local Hero — Florent Geroux, 7-2
- Senior Investment — Channing Hill, 12-1
- Monaco — Rajiv Maragh, 12-1
- Guest Suite — Robby Albarado, 4-1
- Sorry Erik — Kent Desormeaux, 30-1
- Girvin — Brian Hernandez Jr., 8-5
- Hotfoot — James Graham, 30-1
Blue Grass Stakes
The Blue Grass Stakes will take place on April 8 and be aired on NBC Sports Network along with TVG. Here is a quick look at the field and odds as of April 6.
- It’s Your Nickel, Kenny McPeek, James Graham, 20-1
- McCraken, Ian Wilkes, Brian Hernandez Jr., 7-5
- J Boys Echo, Dale Romans, Robby Albarado, 4-1
- Tapwrit, Todd Pletcher, Jose Ortiz, 5-2
- Wild Shot, Rusty Arnold, Corey Lanerie, 15-1
- Irap, Doug O’Neill, Julien Leparoux, 20-1
- Practical Joke, Chad Brown, Joel Rosario, 7-2