Florida Derby 2020

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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:

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Go to Tiz the Law
Form: 1st in Champagne Stakes (G1), 3rd in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Holly Bull (G3). After Tiz the Law’s stunning victory in the Champagne Stakes back in early October, this horse has been the one to watch. Tiz the Law is the 8-1 individual favourite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.
Form: 1st in Champagne Stakes (G1), 3rd in Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and 1st in Holly Bull (G3). After Tiz the Law’s stunning victory in the Champagne Stakes back in early October, this horse has been the one to watch. Tiz the Law is the 8-1 individual favourite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3.
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Go to Ete Indien
Form:: Winning 1st place in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2) with Jockey Florent Geroux propelled this horse to the top of the leaderboard. 2nd place in Holly Bull Stakes (G2) behind Tiz the Law on Feb. 1.
Form:: Winning 1st place in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2) with Jockey Florent Geroux propelled this horse to the top of the leaderboard. 2nd place in Holly Bull Stakes (G2) behind Tiz the Law on Feb. 1.
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Form:: Finished second in his first career loss in the Sam F. Davis (G3) Feb. 8. 1st place in Nashua (G3) and Jerome. Independence Hall won his career debut at Parx Racing which was run on September 21th, 2019 and was won by 4 ¾ lengths. The horse is a two year old Constitution colt.
Form:: Finished second in his first career loss in the Sam F. Davis (G3) Feb. 8. 1st place in Nashua (G3) and Jerome. Independence Hall won his career debut at Parx Racing which was run on September 21th, 2019 and was won by 4 ¾ lengths. The horse is a two year old Constitution colt.
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Go to Gouverneur Morris
Form:: Has only run in one graded race, which was a second-place finish in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) 2019. In three career races, he has never finished below second.
Form:: Has only run in one graded race, which was a second-place finish in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) 2019. In three career races, he has never finished below second.
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Go to Candy Tycoon
Form: Placed 3 out of 4 starts, 1st place on Gulfstream Park Field. 2nd place in Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2).
Form: Placed 3 out of 4 starts, 1st place on Gulfstream Park Field. 2nd place in Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2).

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.
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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:

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Go to Paddy Power
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Key T&Cs: New Customers Only. Limited to one per person. If you've previously had a Paddy Power account you will not qualify for the offer Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club; Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply. Terms & Conditions
Key T&Cs: New Customers Only. Limited to one per person. If you've previously had a Paddy Power account you will not qualify for the offer Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club; Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply. Terms & Conditions
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Go to Paddy Power ACCA
Key T&Cs: Place a single £10 sportsbook bet and Get £20 Free Sports Acca Bet. There are x4 £5 sports acca bet.Only deposits using Cards or Paypal will qualify. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply. Terms & Conditions
Key T&Cs: Place a single £10 sportsbook bet and Get £20 Free Sports Acca Bet. There are x4 £5 sports acca bet.Only deposits using Cards or Paypal will qualify. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply. Terms & Conditions
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Go to Unibet
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Key T&Cs: New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Money back as a bonus. Wagering requirements: Sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), Casino 25x. Only one bonus can be used at a time, Sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the Casino unless the bonus has been forfeited. The bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in. Terms & Conditions
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Go to Tote
Key T&Cs: UK customers only. 18+. Place your first bet on Pools and if it loses we’ll refund your stake in cash. Max refund is £10. Qualifying bet is the first bet added to the betslip. Totewin will be the qualifying bet when a Totewin and a Toteplace bet are struck at the same time. E-wallet deposit restrictions apply. Terms & Conditions
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Go to Betfair
Key T&Cs: New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply. Terms & Conditions
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Go to Betfair Exchange
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Go to Betfred
Key T&Cs: New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Sign up using promo code ‘SPORTS60’. Deposit & place first sports bet at a minimum of £10 in one bet transaction at evens (2.0) +. £30 paid in free bets within 48 hours of bet settlement, expires 7-days after issue. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement. SMS validation may be required. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply. Terms & Conditions Apply Terms & Conditions
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Go to William Hill
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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)

The Purse

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:

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