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Busy Derby Prep Weekend

Date: 03/15/02

Florida Derby, Swale, Gotham, Tampa Bay Derby, and San Felipe results and photos


Monarchos, winner of the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby in 2001
This weekend should have more impact on the Kentucky Derby field than any so far. Major prep races will be held in Florida, New York, and California with many of the top Triple Crown prospects taking to the track. First off on Saturday at Gulfstream Park is the Florida Derby where the field 11 includes such top prospects as Harlan's Holiday, D'Coach, and Booklet. On the undercard is the Swale Stakes where some of the second tier will try to graduate to the first string. Sunday will have three big preps with the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, the Gotham at Aqueduct, and the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs. Siphonic faces six opponents in the San Felipe in what should be an easy win for him. Up at Aqueduct, highly regarded late starters Mayakovsky and Saarland will be making their 2002 debuts. In the Tampa Bay Derby you have Bunk N Ted going up against Showmeitall and Political Attack in a field of 10.

This looks to be an exciting weekend of racing with all these major prep races plus Pool Two of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. My advice is to wait until Sunday afternoon and see what happened in the preps before you decide who to bet on in the Future Wager. Check out the odds around 5pm and make your bets at the last minute (wagering closes at 5:30pm EST).

ESPN will show the Florida races on Saturday from 5:00-6:00pm EST while ESPN2 will have the Sunday races from 4:00-5:00pm. You can also watch or listen online at the links provided below. Past performances for all the races will be available free online from DRF and Equibase with links after the entries below. Here are the fields for each race with morning line odds where available and links to useful info for each.

Swale Stakes (G3)

Purse: $150,000     Distance: 7 furlongs     Post Time: 1:25pm EST
Prog.
#
WeightHorseTrainerJockeyM/L
Odds
1116 Governor Hickel Zito Stevens 5-1
2116 Axis Walden Prado 6-1
3116 Vinemeister Seewald Velez 12-1
4120 Listen Here Mott Bailey 2-1
5116 Ethan Man Byrne Day 4-5

Free past performances from DRF
Glenners' Picks
Live Audio/Video
Results chart Race 4
More Gulfstream Park info

Florida Derby (G1)

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 1 1/8 miles     Post Time: 5:40pm EST
Prog.
#
WeightHorseTrainerJockeyM/L
Odds
1122 Nokoma Pletcher Velazquez 5-1
1A122 Smooth Jazz Pletcher Velazquez 5-1
2122 Monthir Hennig Day 6-1
3122 Harlan's Holiday McPeek Prado 5-2
4122 Booklet Ward Chavez 4-1
5122 Peekskill Reinstedler Santos 15-1
6122 Puck White Velasquez 15-1
7122 High Star Zito Stevens 8-1
8122 D'Coach McGaughey Castellano 10-1
9122 Personal Reward Hennig Coa 20-1
10122 Blue Burner Mott Bailey 8-1

Free past performances from Equibase
Free past performances from DRF
Glenners' Picks
Live Audio/Video
Results chart Race 12
More Gulfstream Park info

San Felipe (G2)

Purse: $250,000     Distance: 1 1/16 miles     Post Time: 3:45pm PST
Prog.
#
WeightHorseTrainerJockeyM/L
Odds
1 116 Tracemark Dollase Solis
2 116 Gobi Dan Gallagher Delahoussaye
3 116 Medaglia d'Oro Frankel Pincay
4 122 Siphonic Hofmans Bailey
5 116 Puerto Banus Baffert Stevens
6 116 Shah Jehan Lukas Smith
7 116 U S S Tinosa Hollendorfer Desormeaux

Free past performances from DRF
Glenners' Picks
e-ponies picks (on race day only)
Live Audio
Results chart Race 7
More Santa Anita info

Gotham Stakes (G3)

Purse: $200,000     Distance: 1 mile     Post Time: 4:42pm EST
Prog.
#
WeightHorseTrainerJockeyM/L
Odds
1 116 Rum Splasher Reynolds Arroyo 12-1
2 116 Mayakovsky Biancone Prado 6-5
3 116 Two Shakes Violette Luzzi 15-1
4 116 Tank's Expectation Capuano Gryder 10-1
5 116 Heir D'Twine DiMauro Castellano 8-1
6 116 Parade of Music Servis Migliore 15-1
7 120 Saarland McGaughey Velazquez 7-5

Free past performances from Equibase
Free past performances from DRF
Glenners' Picks
e-ponies picks (on race day only)
Live Audio
Results chart Race 9
More Aqueduct info

Tampa Bay Derby

Purse: $200,000     Distance: 1 1/16 miles     Post Time: 4:46pm EST
Prog.
#
WeightHorseTrainerJockeyM/L
Odds
1 118 Mucho Rapido Vanier Emigh 15-1
2 116 Raymond Springs O'Connell Houghton 10-1
3 116 Final Prophecy Mitchell Sealock 30-1
4 116 Our Buck Londono Mata 20-1
5 123 Tails of the Crypt Ross Ramsammy 5-1
6 123 Showmeitall Tortora Chavez 7-2
7 116 Inaugural Address Zito DeCarlo 12-1
8 118 Bunk N Ted Hutt Day 4-1
9 123 Political Attack Hennig Guidry 5-2
10 118 Equality Motion Dominguez 8-1

Free past performances from DRF
Glenners' Picks
Results chart Race 12
More Tampa Bay Downs info

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