HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Pat Byrne is no stranger to good horses or the national spotlight.
In 1997, the affable native of England conditioned Breeders’ Cup-winning juveniles Countess Diana and Favorite Trick, who would become the first 2-year-old since Secretariat to earn Horse of the Year honors. The following year, Byrne saddled Awesome Again to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
Byrne is back in the spotlight in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) with Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy. A victory in the 1 1/8-mile event would be his first stakes victory since Sorcerer’s Stone won the 2005 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3).
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ian Wilkes is hoping that Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park will help his late-developing colt Neck ‘n Neck take a step closer to the 2012 Triple Crown races.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Javier Castellano could not be blamed for thinking about what might have been. But Gulfstream’s leading rider – the man who set a record earlier this meet for most wins by a Gulfstream jockey and also won his 3,000 career race - prefers to look ahead, especially to his ride aboard Risen Star (G2) winner El Padrino, the 2-1 second choice in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1).
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Barbara Hunter’s highly-consistent 6-year-old Kentucky homebred mare Keertana will likely go off favored to defeat eight rival fillies and mares in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G2) on Florida Derby Day with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer Tom Proctor in the 51st edition of the 1 ½ miles turf course fixture.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Reveron isn’t one of the high profile contenders coming into the Florida Derby (G1), especially with early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags heading the field. However, it would be shortsighted to overlook him.
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