Florida Derby Betting 2020
The Florida Derby is an annual three-year-old contest which takes place at Gulfstream Park, in Florida, over 1m1f on a dirt surface.
The Grade I contest is scheduled in late March, five weeks before the Kentucky Derby for which it is used as a trial for. Unfortunately, that race in Louisville has been pushed back into the September in 2020.
This year’s Florida Derby will be run on March 28 where they will go to post at 6:36pm ET.
Which horses are running in the Florida Derby 2020?
Here are some of the leading runners being considered for the Florida Derby 2020:
Florida Derby 2020 Favourites
The betting for this year’s contest is headed by Tiz The Law who was the winner of the Grade One Champagne Stakes in 2019 at Belmont Park. Barclay Tagg’s runner made a winning return to action last month in the Grade Three Holy Bull Stakes.
Ete Indien was second behind Tiz The Law on his penultimate start at Gulfstream Park. He then produced the best performance of his career to blow the field away over the same C&D in the Grade Two Fountain of Youth Stakes.
One of the most impressive two-year-old performances in 2019 came from Independence Hall who prevailed by 12 and a half lengths in the Grade 3 Nashau Stakes at Aqueduct. Michael Trombetta’s colt finished second in the event at Tampa Bay Downs on his return to action in the 2020 campaign.
Other entries for the Florida Derby 2020 include Gouverneur Morris and Ajaaweed. The latter is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin who is set to quit training to become an agent in the near future.
Florida Derby 2020 Betting Offers
Betting for the Florida Derby 2020 is set to open with UK bookmakers later this week. You will find Florida Derby betting markets and offers at these UK bookmakers:
Which UK bookies can you bet with?
All major UK bookmakers, including these will offer betting on the major US race:
Some bookmakers will also give you the option of going into the US Tote. Many punters prefer to take fixed odds before the race so they know exactly what their return will be if their horse is successful.
Florida Derby Previous Winners
Over the last 10 years, winners of the Florida Derby include Orb (2013), Nyquist (2016) and Always Dreaming (2017):
- 2019 – Maximum Security (9-2)
- 2018 – Audible (9-5)
- 2017 – Always Dreaming (7-2)
- 2016 – Nyquist (6-5)
- 2015 – Materiality (7-2)
Twelve months’ ago it was recent Saudi Cup winner Maximum Security who came out on top at Gulfstream Park. He prevailed by three and a half lengths which gave him 100 points towards on the Road To The Kentucky Derby. That was enough to see him qualify for the race.
The 2019 Florida Derby winner was involved in controversy in the Kentucky Derby last May. He finished the race first past the post but was later demoted to 17th place because the stewards deemed he had impeded other runners when he came off the rail.
Florida Derby Prize Pool
The prize pool for the Florida Derby has been cut from $1million to $750,000 this year. Like many other tracks in the US, racing is taking place behind closed doors at the moment so measures are being taken to reduce spending.
Despite the cut, the Gulfstream Park contest is still one of the most lucrative on the three-year-old calendar and a race all the connections of runners will be desperate to win.
How to watch the Florida Derby 2020
There are a few options when it comes to watching the Florida Derby live in 2020. It will be broadcast on Sports and most horse racing channels in the UK like Racing TV.
Florida Derby 2020 Live Streaming
Watch the Florida Derby 2020 in the UK after registering with one of these bookmakers: