Edgar Prado

This column is dedicated to a friend and follower of the Daily Racing Blog, Alan Bennett. Mr. Bennett is a life-long fan, and backer of Edgar Prado. And while the two of them hail from different backgrounds, both possess the DNA of stellar individuals loyal to their fathers. Nearly a month since his last mount – and after traveling to Peru to mourn the loss … Continue reading Edgar Prado

Top Of The Agenda

Only one Kentucky Derby in the 21st century has been run without a horse trained by Todd Pletcher. This year won’t be the second. The two-time Kentucky Derby-Winning conditioner made his way back to the Run For The Roses this past Saturday when Florida-bred KNOWN AGENDA finished strong to Win the Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. By doing so he collects 100 qualifying points … Continue reading Top Of The Agenda

AGENDA For The Florida Derby

A field of 11 will contest the $750,000 Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. This group of 3-year-olds will use this nine-furlong Stake Race as their last chance to accumulate qualifying points for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. With the highest points available (100-40-20-10) on the Derby Trail, the top two finishers are likely to qualify. 1) NOVA RAGS [ML 12-1] Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Junior Alvarado. … Continue reading AGENDA For The Florida Derby

It’s Florida Derby Time

Saturday’s $750,000 dollar, Grade 1 Florida Derby is the marquee race during the winter-spring meet at Gulfstream Park, as well as a crucial prep race for the Kentucky Derby.   The 1 1/8-mile race offers a total of 170 qualifying points for the 147th Run For The Roses on May 1st at Churchill Downs. The point distribution is a 100-40-20-10 scale, awarded to the the top four … Continue reading It’s Florida Derby Time

Hot Rod Wins The Louisiana Derby

West-coast shipper HOT ROD CHARLIE Won the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Saturday by two lengths after setting a pressured pace and fighting off his lone challenger. He accomplished this Victory by posting a solid, perhaps under-whelming, 99 Beyer Speed Figure for the Winning trip.  In regard to that trip, the main obstacle for HOT ROD CHARLIE was, seemingly, the fast pace. The son … Continue reading Hot Rod Wins The Louisiana Derby

Youthful

The feature race at Gulfstream Park this Saturday is the $300,000 dollar, Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes.  The FOY is the second official Kentucky Derby qualifier at Gulfstream Park and offers 50-20-10-5 points to the top four finishers. It is run at the distance of 1 1/16 mile, and drew a field of ten 3-year-olds. The Fountain of Youth is named after the mythical spring … Continue reading Youthful

Javier Back In The Saddle

Hall Of Fame jockey Javier (JJ) Castellano has been out of action since mid-November due to leg surgery. He is set to return to riding this Wednesday, February 17th, at Gulfstream Park. Castellano, 43, is named aboard 3-year-old, Florida-bred SEXY DREAM, (a half-sister to multiple Graded-Stakes Winning millionaire JACKSON BEND) in Race 9, a starter/optional Claimer for 3-year-old fillies going one mile on the turf. … Continue reading Javier Back In The Saddle

It Was An Honour

Two years ago trainer Shug McGaughey followed Florida’s Road to the Kentucky Derby to a 2nd-place finish with CODE OF HONOR in the Run For The Roses. The Hall of Fame trainer found himself back on that illustrious path this past Saturday with a new Triple Crown candidate. GREATEST HONOUR powered his way to a 5 3/4-length Victory in the $200,000 dollar Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes  for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream … Continue reading It Was An Honour

Holy Bull Selections

Here is a full field analysis for the Holy Bull, which is slated as race 11 on a card of 12, with a scheduled Post Time of 4:50. 1) JIRAFALES [ML 20-1] Trainer: Gustavo Delgado. Jockey: John Velazquez. Broke his Maiden at first asking with a late run, to Win by almost five lengths at Gulfstream Park West against Florida-breds. He has been off since that … Continue reading Holy Bull Selections