Mohaymen and Junior Alvarado. Gulfstream Park photo

Brian’s Derby Preps: The Florida Derby

 by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Gulfstream Park: The GI, $1 million Florida Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 100-40-20-10) #1 Sawyers Mickey (30-1): Ridiculous longshot enters as a maiden after seven starts and likely wouldn’t even be under 6-1 if he were entered with his own kind earlier on the…

Cathryn Sophia and Javier Castellano win the Davona Dale. Gulfstream Park photo

Undefeated Fillies Take Aim at the Kentucky Oaks

What little attention paid to horse racing in the winter is generally devoted to three-year-old horses on the Kentucky Derby trail. Two months out from the big race, two undefeated colts, Mohaymen and Nyquist, are the buzz horses, with the hype expected to grow if they take each other on in the Florida Derby on…

Mohayemen and Junior Alvarardo win the Remsen.

Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Holy Bull

 Gulfstream Park: The GII, $350,000 Holy Bull at 1 1/16 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 10-4-2-1) #1 Perfect Saint (20-1): Romans charge was 5-1 in a local optional claimer 21 days ago but didn’t run an inch behind his impressive stablemate Cherry Wine, who passed on this to await the GII Fountain of Youth here…

Materiality and John Velazquez at Gulfstream Park. Kenny Martin Martin photo

Brian’s Derby Preps 2015: The Florida Derby

Gulfstream Park: The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 100-50-20-10) #1 Ami’s Flatter (8-1): If you’re looking for a price alternative to the favorites–and there aren’t too many here–then this is your guy as he added blinkers and Lasix and was a fine second to hotshot Carpe…