HRFLA Staff Report
Greatest Honour drew post seven and has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (Grade 1) at Gulfstream Park.
On Wednesday, Gulfstream drew posts for Saturday’s 14 races, including the Florida Derby and nine other stakes races.
First post will be 11:30 a.m. The Florida Derby will be the 14th race with scheduled post at 6:40 p.m. It is 1 1/8 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds.
The Florida Derby is a final round points qualifying race for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) on May 1 at Churchill Downs at Louisville, Ky.
The first four finishers in the Florida Derby will receive 100, 40, 20 and 10 points, respectively
Here are the Florida Derby post positions–with jockeys, trainers and morning line odds.
1 Nova Rags — J. Alvarad0, Mott 12-1
2 Quantum Leap — Vasquez. Wilkes 20-1
3 Jirafales — Zayas. G. Delgado 30-1
4 Southern Passage — Lanerie, Romans 30-1
5 Known Agenda — I. Ortiz, Pletcher 5-1
6 Sigiloso — Reyes, Sano 30-1
7 Greatest Honour–J. Ortiz, McGaughey 6-5
8 Soup And Sandwich–Velazquez, Casse 20-1
9 Collaborate–Gaffalione, Joseph 6-1
10 Spielberg–Castellano, Baffert 4-1
11 Papetu — Jaramillo, Sano 15-1
Greatest Honour is favored based on his victories in this year’s Holy Bull (Grade 3) and Fountain of Youth (Grade 2), both at 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream. He has 60 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, which assures him a spot in the race if he remains healthy.
Regular rider Jose Ortiz has the mount for trainer Shug McGaughey.
Later on Thursday, we will have an expanded version of this story.
On Friday, we will have previews of other stakes races on the Florida Derby day card.