March 12, 1998 |
Lil's Lad, undefeated in three starts this year, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Six horses were entered Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race, one of the major preps for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. This is the field, in post-position order: Voyamerican, with Eibar Coa riding, 15-1; Halory Hunter, Pat Day, 6-1; Starship Charles, Eduardo Nunez, 30-1. Cape Town, Shane Sellers, 8-1; Lil's Lad, Jerry Bailey, 4-5; and Coronado's Quest, Mike Smith, 9-5.
March 16, 1990 |
The Florida Derby will help determine the validity of some big excuses held out for four of the race's nine entrants. A good case can be made for Unbridled, Slavic and Roanoke, three survivors from the Fountain of Youth Stakes here March 3. And if you listen to trainer Ron McAnally, he seems justified in bringing Single Dawn from California. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby is the race of the year in South Florida and traditionally produces solid contenders for the Kentucky Derby.
March 4, 1989 |
Shelly Meredith has been to many a Kentucky Derby, although none of his horses have. When Meredith was an undergraduate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., he went to the Derby every year, as the guest of a girlfriend whose father, a vice president at the company that makes the Louisville Slugger baseball bats, had box seats near the finish line at Churchill Downs. In 1957, Meredith went to the Derby in an $11 cord suit and drank beer instead of mint juleps.
March 5, 1988 |
The horse looks good, and so does the trainer. The horse is Cherokee Colony, a rangy, headstrong son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony, who will try adding to his credentials today against nine opponents in the $500,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The trainer is blunt-talking Johnny Campo, no longer Mr. Five by Five, now that he has lost maybe 40 pounds off what was once a squat 250-pound frame.
April 5, 1987 |
Cryptoclearance took the long way home to his Florida Derby victory at Gulfstream Park Saturday and it paid off in a trip to the May 2 Kentucky Derby. With 3-5 favorite Bet Twice blocked off in the stretch run and finishing fifth in the field of nine 3-year-olds, it was left to Cryptoclearance, racing on the outside, to outlast No More Flowers and Talinum in a battle to the wire.
April 2, 2005 |
Greg Norman, the owner of Papi Chullo, who's running today in the $1-million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, is not that Greg Norman, the golfer. And Salvador Gonzalez, who trains Papi Chullo, is not that Salvador Gonzalez, the brother of trainer Paco Gonzalez and once the exercise rider for the formidable Free House. Norman, who bought Papi Chullo for $135,000 at a Florida auction last year, is, unlike his famous namesake, not even a golfer.