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Honey Ryder passes eventual third place finisher Noble Stella in the stretch.
There were three turf stakes races on the Florida Derby undercard, featuring horses who might be on the Breeders' Cup trail later in the year. The $100,000 Orchid Handicap (G3) featured older fillies and mares also traveling 1 1/2 miles on the turf. 30-1 longshot Potra Classica got away to a
|Honey Ryder wins by 4 lengths|
Honey Ryder returns after the race. Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "I think this is probably the best race she's ever run, which is saying a lot because she's been such a very good, consistent mare. It seems like the older she gets, and more mature she gets, she seems to be able to rate better and better. And that was the key to delivering this performance today." She will start next in the Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland.
Second place finisher Olaya in the post parade. She came over from France last year and has not finished worse than second in the United States.
|Silver Whistle just gets up by a neck in the Pan American Handicap.|
Silver Whistle in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "It took him all the way to the wire to finally win one of these. I guess he needed the extra distance. He had a nice trip inside. We knew he would be able to step up to this level of competition." Jockey Edgar Prado added, "It worked out great. I was able to stay behind the speed and bide my time. So it worked out beautiful because I was able to run down that other horse (Ramazutti) the last part of it."
Second place finisher Ramazutti in the post parade. He was the second longest shot on the board at 32-1 coming off a 10th place finish in the Mac Diarmida Handicap last out.
|Drum Major wins by 1 3/4 lengths.|
Drum Major and jockey Rafael Bejarano in the winner's circle. This was only his second start this year for the 7-year-old.
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