Florida Derby 2020
The Florida Derby is recognised as one of the leading stakes races for three-year-olds in the United States and key trial for races such as the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown. The Grade I contest takes place over nine furlongs at Gulfstream Park in late March, usually five weeks before the Kentucky Derby. However, with that race now suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Florida Derby has the chance to be a standout race this year, despite being run with no spectators, and may certainly have ramifications for the classic generation once racing returns to normality.
Florida Derby Entries 2020
A host of the expected top-class sorts will make up the field given its status as a key trial for the Kentucky Derby. It is likely to be a closely-fought contest and given its recent illustrious roll of honour, it will be no shock if this year’s winner will go onto bigger and better things.
Here are some of the leading runners being considered for the Florida Derby 2020:
Florida Derby Favourites 2020
While the confirmed field will not be announced until the gate draw this upcoming week, a host of potential superstar contenders are on track for the race. Tiz The Law looks a standout prospect and is the likely favourite. The three-year-old is already a winner at the top-level after winning the Champagne Stakes last year and made a winning return this term with victory in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes. His trainer Barclay Tagg has already shipped his charge to Gulfstream and has reportedly worked the fastest in a six-furlong breeze recently.
Among his rivals include Ete Indien, who was second to Tiz The Law in the Holy Bull before demolishing the opposition over course and distance in the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, Grade III Nashua Stakes winner Independence Hall and Ajaaweed, who will be one of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s final runners before he quits the training ranks.
How to bet on the Florida Derby in the UK
Currently there are no markets that are open on the Florida Derby, but in the days prior to and on the day of running plenty of major UK bookmakers such as bet365, Paddy Power and Sky Bet will have many options for punters to play from. Betting for the Florida Derby 2020 should open with UK bookmakers later this week.
The betting menu for Gulfstream Park’s race will include the following: Win, Place, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double, Pick 3 and Pick 6. Once you have placed your bet, you will have qualified to watch the race and will be able to stream it live on your mobile or gadget device, meaning you won’t miss a minute of the action (£1 minimum stake).
Florida Derby Betting Offers 2020
You will probably find Florida Derby betting markets and offers at these UK bookmakers:
Florida Derby Previous Winners
The Florida Derby has a rich history of providing winners of triple crown races down the line, including the likes of Needles (1956) and Northern Dancer (1964). However, since becoming a part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby in 2013, three horses have followed up in the big one. These were Orb (2013), Nyquist (2016) and Always Dreaming (2017).
Arguably its most controversial winner came last year. Maximum Security took the spoils and announced himself on the biggest stage but was denied victory in the Kentucky Derby itself after being demoted to 17th following obstruction in the race. However, he has since gone onto redeem himself with victory in the Haskell Invitational last year before culminating with success in the world’s richest race, the inaugural Saudi Cup, in February.
- 2019 – Maximum Security (9-2)
- 2018 – Audible (9-5)
- 2017 – Always Dreaming (7-2)
- 2016 – Nyquist (6-5)
- 2015 – Materiality (7-2)
In recent years the race has been run for a hefty $1million in prize money but this will be changed this year. Despite keeping the track in operation during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the closing of the casino at Gulfstream Park and absence of on-track handle means the purse has been reduced.
It will now be run for $750,000 in line with other purse cuts to other races on the day, however, it should prove to be no obstacle for the entertaining spectacle expected.
How to watch the Florida Derby 2020
There are various options when it comes to watching the Florida Derby live. It will be broadcast on Sports and most horse racing channels. Live streaming will be offered by platforms like the following bookmakers after registering.
Florida Derby Live Streaming
These bookmakers offer live streaming for most horse racing around the world for UK customers: