WPLG Channel 10 to Broadcast 'Countdown to the Florida Derby'

WPLG Channel 10 to Broadcast 'Countdown to the Florida Derby'


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 61st running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) will be the subject of a prime time special Wednesday, March 28 titled ‘Countdown to the Florida Derby’ broadcast 9:30-10 p.m., on WPLG, Channel 10. 

Hosted by Will Manso and Johanna Gomez, Countdown to the Florida Derby will include a feature on trainer Michael Matz, the conditioner of this year’s Florida Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags and 2006 Florida Derby winner and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Barbaro.

Other features include Channel 10’s Andrea Brody traveling to Midway, Ky to visit 2008 Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness (G1) winner Big Brown. Meanwhile, Manso and Gomez will get handicapping tips from track analysts Ron Nicoletti and Jessica Pacheco and a tour of the facility from president and general manager Timothy Ritvo. Chef Ralph Pagano will give a cooking demonstration of what’s on tap in Ten Palms American Kitchen and Stone Crab Parlor on Florida Derby Day.

Post time on Florida Derby day is 12:30 p.m. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network from 5-6 p.m. Gulfstream kicks off Derby Day with its popular Breakfast at Gulfstream from 7:30-10 a.m.