March 11, 2001 |
Sweeping past the leaders with an explosive move on the turn for home, Monarchos took control in the stretch and won the $1 million Florida Derby yesterday to stamp himself a top Kentucky Derby contender. The 3-year-old colt, ridden by Jorge Chavez, cruised to a 4 1/2-length victory over Outofthebox in the 1 1/8-mile race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. Monarchos, winless in two starts as a 2-year-old, is unbeaten in three starts this year. The Florida Derby field of 13 was the largest since 1994.
March 29, 2012 |
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Union Rags has been made the 6-5 morning-line favorite in a field of nine horses entered for the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday. The 11/8-mile race is a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby on May 5. Considered a leading contender for the Run for the Roses, Union Rags drew the No. 6 post at Wednesday's post-position draw. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Michael Matz, who won the 2006 Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby with Barbaro. Union Rags will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.
March 17, 2002 |
Heavily favored Harlan's Holiday finally caught archrival Booklet and won the $1 million Florida Derby yesterday at Gulfstream Park in Hallendale, Fla. Harlan's Holiday, who had lost to Booklet by less than a length twice this year, passed him on the far turn and prevailed by 3 1/2 lengths over runner-up Blue Burner. Ridden for the first time by Edgar Prado, Harlan's Holiday covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 48.8 seconds. He paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.80. Tennis Teenager Daniela Hantuchova, playing in her first tour singles final, overpowered Martina Hingis, 6-3, 6-4, to win the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
March 1, 1986 |
Once before, Edward Anchel traveled this road, the one that leads to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. It was just four years ago, but the Milford, Pa., native - now a farm owner in Middletown, N.Y. - said it seemed much longer than that. The horse was Air Forbes Won, one of the first horses owned by Anchel and his wife, Judith. He had a brilliant turn of speed, soaring to a victory in the Wood Memorial at wind-blown Aqueduct race track. He was so powerful and convincing that he was favored in the Kentucky Derby.
March 5, 1989 |
Budding superstar Easy Goer won his race in a breeze, but something awful happened to Dixieland Brass on his way to the Kentucky Derby yesterday. The darling of Gulfstream Park's winter racing meeting and the even-money favorite in the 38th running of the Florida Derby, Dixieland Brass pulled up lame on the second turn and probably will never race again. A bargain-basement long shot named Mercedes Won captured the $500,000 Florida Derby in front of a record crowd of 33,864, who went home not knowing the fate of their favorite.
March 15, 1992 |
A lightly raced grandson of the great Damascus, almost passed over on this year's road to the Kentucky Derby, upset the Derby cart at Gulfstream Park yesterday. Technology - a 13-1 long shot with only four races in his young life, with winnings of only $30,803, a third-place finisher at Philadelphia Park last September - won the $500,000 Florida Derby by a whopping 4 1/2 lengths. The two favorites, 4-5 Dance Floor and 3-1 Pistols and Roses, finished second and third, respectively, and never came close to running down the winner.
February 28, 1986 |
Snow Chief, the young millionaire from California, drew the 12th starting gate in a field of 16 for tomorrow's $500,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old colt, owned by breeder Carl Grinstead and Ben Rochelle, will be making his first start outside California. Snow Chief was installed as the 2-1 favorite for the 35th running of the 1 1/8-mile race. Alexis Solis, who formerly rode at Miami-area tracks, will be aboard him. Snow Chief's most serious competitor appears to be Mogambo, the Champagne Stakes winner who drew onto the rail.
March 14, 1992 |
Not that anybody's paying attention yet, but the horse racing season gets under way here today with the 41st running of the Florida Derby. The Florida Derby? You know, it's like the first round of an elimination tournament with the finals in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. It's OK if you're not up on this because none of the 12 horses running today has done much to attract attention - like run fast. There is growing suspicion that, with one or two exceptions, this year's crop of 3-year-olds is a bust, especially those running on the East Coast.
March 20, 1993 |
There are no budding Secretariats running here today in the $500,000 Florida Derby. No phenom speedballs ready to take Churchill Downs by storm on the first Saturday in May. This field of 13 3-year-olds, scheduled to race 1 1/8 miles at 4:41 p.m. at Gulfstream Park in the season's first major Kentucky Derby prep on the East Coast, may be the slowest in more than a decade. To illustrate the absence of a glamour horse, the six stakes for 3-year- olds in South Florida so far this winter have been won by six different colts.