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The Florida Derby

Vicar
Winner of the
Fountain of Youth

Dateline: 03/10/99

One of the most important of the Triple Crown prep races is the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park which has turned out 4 of the last 10 Kentucky Derby winners. This year's running is Saturday, March 13th, and will be televised on ABC from 5:30pm to 6:00pm Eastern time. The field of 11 includes such top quality 3 year olds as the Fountain of Youth winner Vicar, Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner up Aly's Alley, and Cat Thief. Here is the field in post position order; all entrants carry 122 lbs. The program page with past performance info will be available by Friday.

PPHorseJockeyTrainerM/L Odds
1Valid TrefaireSantosTortora15-1
2Cat ThiefDayLukas4-1
3CertainDesormeauxAzpurua6-1
4AdonisChavezZito10-1
5VicarSellersNafzger3-1
6Casanova StarSmithHennig20-1
7WondertrossBaileyZito8-1
8Grits 'N Hard ToastDavisSmith8-1
9First AmericanVelezCaramori20-1
10Three RingVelasquezPlesa5-1
11Aly's AlleyPradoTammaro15-1


Cat Thief
According to the latest reports, the filly Three Ring has been scratched because of the post position she drew. I have not yet seen this confirmed at the Gulfstream Park website but it is most likely true.

This looks to be a very exciting race with some top Triple Crown prospects entered. I will be attending in person and will post photos, results, and comments on Saturday night.

If you are not able to catch the race on your local ABC station, you can watch or listen online with Real Video and Audio.


Grits 'N Hard Toast
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