Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 4/3/11



Dialed In looked positively Zenyatta-like today, coming from 14 lengths off the pace to take down the $1,000,000 Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park today. Soldat, who was the heavy favorite and looks (or looked) to be one of the shorter price horses in the Kentucky Derby was never a factor.

There are four more G1 prep races before the Run for the Roses: The Santa Anita Derby (4/9), The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn (4/16), The Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland (4/16), and one of Professor Paulie's favorite races of the year: The Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Presumed Derby favorite Uncle Mo is slated to run, and I've heard he's coming to New York a few days early to sign autographs.

Tune in to No Hassle at the Castle for Wood Memorial coverage later this week; the race is next Saturday, 4/9/11, at The Big A.