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The Florida Derby is a Triple Crown Prep race for three-year-old thoroughbreds, held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It takes place five weeks before the Kentucky Derby, which is typically either at the end of March or the beginning of April. The Grade I race has been a part of the racing calendar since 1952 and covers 1+1⁄8 miles on dirt and boasts a purse of $1,000,000.

Over the years, the Florida Derby has gained prestige as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby and has been a part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby since 2013. Originally held in early to mid-March, Kentucky Derby hopefuls would then run in another major prep race in April. However, in 2005, Gulfstream Park shifted its schedule to run the Florida Derby five weeks before the Kentucky Derby. Although initially perceived as a disadvantage, the spacing of the races began to be seen as a potential advantage after Barbaro won the 2006 Kentucky Derby.

Interesting Florida Derby fact, 20 Florida Derby winners have won one or more of the Triple Crown Classics, which include the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.


Saturday, April 1, 2023 // Gulfstream Park

Race 1 // $84K Maiden // Turf 1 Mile // 11:30AM ET
Race 2 // $50K Maiden // AW 5 1/2 Furlongs // 11:59AM ET
Race 3 // $100K Cutler Bay S. // Turf 7 1/2 Furlongs // 12:28PM ET
Race 4 // $86K Allowance // Dirt 1 Mile // 12:57PM ET
Race 5 // $200K Pan American S. // Turf 1 1/2 Miles // 1:26PM ET
Race 6 // $84K Maiden // Turf 1 Mile // 1:56PM ET
Race 7 // $150K Ghostzapper S. // Dirt 1 1/16 Miles // 2:26PM ET
Race 8 // $150K Orchid S. // Turf 1 1/2 Miles // 2:56PM ET
Race 9 // $100K Sir Shackleton S. // Dirt 7 Furlongs // 3:31PM ET
Race 10 // $150K Sand Springs S. // Turf 1 1/16 Miles // 4:04PM ET
Race 11 // $100K Sanibel Island S. // Turf 7 1/2 Furlongs // 4:38PM ET
Race 12 // $250K Gulfstream Park Oaks // Dirt 1 1/16 Miles // 5:15PM ET
Race 13 // $150K Appleton S. // Turf 1 Mile // 5:57PM ET
Race 14 // $1M Curlin Florida Derby // Dirt 1 1/8 Miles // 6:40PM ET



1 | Jungfrau Paco Lopez William Mott
2 | West Coast Cowboy Sonny Leon Saffie Joseph Jr.
3 | Shaq Diesel Miguel Vasquez Renaldo Richards
4 | Mage Luis Saez Gustavo Delgado
5 | Mr. Peeks Edwin Gonzalez Saffie Joseph Jr.
6 | Nautical Star Leonel Reyes Saffie Joseph Jr.
7 | Il Miracolo Jesus Rios Antonio Sano
8 | Mr. Ripple Edgard Zayas Saffie Joseph Jr.
9 | Cyclone Mischief Javier Castellano Dale Romans
10 | Fort Bragg Joel Rosario Tim Yakteen
11 | Forte Irad Ortiz Jr. Todd Pletcher
12 | Dubyuhnell Jose Ortiz Danny Gargan


Recent Winners

2022 White Abarrio Tyler Gaffalione| Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
2021 Known Agenda Irad Ortiz, Jr. | Todd A. Pletcher
2020 Tiz the Law Manuel Franco | Barclay Tagg
2019 Maximum Security Luis Saez| Jason Servis
2018 Audible John R. Velazquez | Todd A. Pletcher


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When is the 2023 Florida Derby?

The 2023 Florida Derby will be ran on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Since 2005, it has been run five weeks before the Kentucky Derby, which the Kentucky Derby is traditionally held on the first Saturday in May.

What time is the 2023 Florida Derby?

The Florida Derby is Race 15 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 6:40PM ET. It is part of a full card of racing at Gulfstream Park, including multiple other stakes races.

Where is the Florida Derby run?

The Florida Derby is run at Gulfstream Park, in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

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