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Florida Derby Odds, Analysis, Free PPs (2019)

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Free Florida Derby past performances for Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Gulfstream Park.

The field for the Florida Derby (G1) with a purse of $1,000,000 will go as the 14th race on a big weekend of racing in South Florida.

The full field of 11 is headed by the lukewarm favorite Hidden Scroll at 5-2. Trained by Bill Mott, the 3YO son of Hard Spun will be making his third start for Juddmonte Farms after failing to repeat in his second start as the favorite in the Fountain of Youth earlier in the month.

In the G2 Fountain of Youth on March 3, Hidden Scroll set a slower pace over a fast track than he had in his previous start as the maiden winner of a 1 mile victory when he splashed home by 14 lengths in the slop.

Jockey Javier Castellano has the call aboard Hidden Scroll and will try to turn the tables over 3-1 Code of Honor who was the upset winner of the FOY as the two face off for the points and the $600K winner’s share of the purse.

The Florida Derby is one of two races this weekend on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and offers 100 points to the winner as Derby fever kicks into high gear with only 35 days before the May 4, 2019 Run for the Roses. In addition to the top prize of 100 points, the Florida Derby will also award points to the second, third, and fourth place finishers in a 40-20-10 distribution.

The Official Field for the 1 1/8 miles Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream

PP Horse Trainer Odds
1 Hidden Scroll Mott 5-2
Son of Hard Spun relished the slop in his first trip to the track taking a 1 mile MSW by 14 lengths in January. Tired in the stretch in his second start as the FOY favorite and gets a new rider today.  Only a 15-20% chance of rain for Hallandale today so he won’t have help to carry his speed and will be tested on the front-end by Maximum Security early. Inside draw helps his cause but Code of Honor returns too.
2 Current Pletcher 15-1
Goes turf to dirt for the second time in his seventh start with a new rider. Owns two wins, both on turf, but his only other dirt try was a distant 7th in the sloppy KYJC. Must have talent as he’s never been double digits but faces his toughest challenge to date in a race full of FOY returnees.
3 Harvey Wallbanger McPeek 15-1
Trainer McPeek can upset these big races and will send this guy out off back-to-back wins. His G2 Holy Bull win at 30-1 was NICE! And the added 1/16th will be no problem for him. BUT the negative is that the Bull runner-up returned vs. many of these in the FOY and failed to repeat that effort.
4 Bourbon War Hennig 7-2
Runner-up in the Fountain of Youth last time out after winning an NW1X OC75K two back. Added distance should help him as he was gaining on Code of Honor in the FOY. Low percentage graded stakes number for trainer who has sent out 3 winners in 34 starts at the meet. Ortiz Jr. sticks with him and will be rolling late to battle Code of Honor down the stretch.
5 Everfast Romans 20-1
Calumet homebred took maiden voyage at Ellis but has since failed to show he belongs on the Derby trail. Second in the Holy Bull two-back at triple digit odds was a fluke as his return LTO in the FOY vs. most of these showed his true colors.
6 Hard Belle Mejia 50-1
Another Hard Spun son who has been hard pressed to hold the lead past six furlongs in his previous 13 trips to the track. Ridiculous entry!
7 Maximum Security Servis 9-2
Aforementioned undefeated winner of three has cruised home a winner each time. Could have been claimed first out for $16K so why didn’t Servis know what he had. Sure, he’s not breed for the Derby but neither was Mine That Bird. Ortiz Jr. had a choice to make and sides with Bourbon War. So it’s up to Saez who’s winning at a 33% clip with Servis for the meet. Big step up for this guy in a race where he’ll be stretching out beyond 7/8s for the first time in his career — over a track where he’s undefeated. If he wins this he’ll cloud the true Derby contenders list even more.
8 Bodexpress Delgado 30-1
Son of Bodemeister will be making his first two-turn start as a maiden. His last out was his best earning a 91 BSF. Did face Hidden Scroll when he romped home in the slop but can’t see him taking top honors. But if you’re looking to go long, he could make the ticket at a very nice price.
9 Code of Honor McGaughey 3-1
Sprinted home a winner at Saratoga to start career. Stumbled at the start in the G1 Champagne and finished second with young rider Cancel who filled in for Velazquez that day. Opened ’19 as the heavy favorite in an easy spot but failed to fire and finished 4th. Took two months off and won the FOY last time out. Gotta believe he’s the one in here.
10 Union’s Destiny Avila 30-1
Numbers have improved in each of his four starts culminating with his highest Beyer 84 in FOY last out. Gets new rider in a very tough spot.
11 Garter and Tie Nicks 15-1
Will go without the hood for the first time in eight starts. Sanchez takes the call for low percentage stakes barn and appears on paper to be quite a few notches below the par for the Derby trail.

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