by Jim Freer
Saturday, March 29, 9:30 a.m.
Gulfstream Park will run its $1 million Florida Derby today, with periods of rain in the forecast for late morning and the afternoon.
But barring any mid-day downpours, a crowd of 15,000 or more could jam the track in Hallandale Beach. If the main track is fast and races stay on the turf, fans on site will no doubt join simulcast and ADW bettors in plunging more than $20 million on Gulfstream’s 14 races. Eight of the races are stakes.
The first post is at 12 noon, and to find parking and a place to stand, it is advisable to get to Gulfstream as early as possible. All seats facing the track and all restaurant seats have been sold.
The Florida Derby (Grade 1) is 1-1/8 miles for 3-year-olds. It is the14thrace with scheduled post time of 6:48 p.m. ET.
General a Rod is our pick to win the FloridaDerby.
Inside Florida Horse Racing will be at Gulfstream this afternoon. We will have periodic reports on the races, the weather, and the overall scene at Gulfstream.