Constitution, found an opening down at the rail coming off the far turn then used it to lever a narrow victory, by just a neck, over an extremely game Wildcat Red, who again sparred with General A Rod, on the early lead who finished back 1 1/4 length more at the line for 3rd, in today’s $1,000,000, GI Besilu Stables Florida Derby, for 3yo’s, at 1 1/8 mile over a “fast” Gulfstream Park main track as this trio came 1-2-3 less than a length and a half apart at the line.
Even money favorite in Cairo Prince, filled out today’s super was back 2 1/4 lengths more, but looked like a horse who had not run since the GII Holy Bull Stakes in Jan. as he hung in the lane and only picked up 10 derby points for his 4th finish giving him only 24 points and that may not be enough for a derby gate this year. So much for putting all your derby eggs in one Florida Derby basket.
The Pletcher barn picked up the win here and 3 others on today’s big graded stakes card.
Constitution, picked a Derby 140 gate with his 100 points win here,
Wildcat Red, already had 50 points and the 40 points here for 2nd giving him 90 points as he’s Churchill bound and rightly so after this blood and guts performance.
General a Rod, added 20 more points to his total giving him 40 Derby points and that might be enough to make the field of 20 at Churchill this year.
Payouts and Winning Time,
|Age Restriction: Three Year Old|
|Distance: One And One Eighth Miles On The Dirt|
|Track Condition: Fast|
|Winning Time: 1:49.16|
|1.||Wildcat Red||John R. Velazquez||4.80||3.40|
|6.||General a Rod||Joel Rosario||3.40|
|Also ran were: 3. – Cairo Prince , 5. – East Hall , 2. – Matador , 8. – Spot , 7. – Allstar|
|Wager Type||Winning Numbers||Payoff|
|$1 Pick 3||11-10-4 (3 correct)||232.00|
|$1 Pick 4||5-11-10-4 (4 correct)||3,143.30|
|$0.50 Pick 5||2-5-11-10-4 (5 correct)||11,777.75|
|$0.50 Pick 5||2-5-11-10-4 (4 correct)||98.55|
|$0.20 Pick 6 Jackpot||2-2-5-11-10-4 (6 correct)||43,217.26|
|$2 Daily Double||10-4||69.80|
|$1 Super High Five||4-1-6-3-5||565.00|