Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) showdown featuring Mohaymen and Nyquist, who have been the shortest-priced individual entries in the first three pools of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), is a rare meeting between the two leading contenders for the Run for the Roses held prior to the first Saturday in May.
What makes this match-up special is that both colts enter Gulfstream Park’s marquee race undefeated. Barring a dead heat or an upset of both, neither of which either camp would necessarily like to see five weeks before the big one, only one will head to Louisville with their perfect record intact.
Which of these colts is on top after Saturday remains to be seen, but regardless of the outcome, racing fans are in for an exciting match-up down in Florida!
We will have full coverage leading up to all the action on April 2nd, and don’t forget to take advantage of our handicapping resources powered by Brisnet.com
14th GP 1 1/8m Grade I 3yo, Purse: $1,000,000. ( 6:48)/ 5:48/ 4:48/ 3:48 ( 6:48)/ 5:48/ 4:48/ 3:48
$1 Exacta / $.50 Trifecta / $.10 Superfecta / $1 Super Hi 5
|4||Nyquist||6/5||Winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile made his one start since a winning one when leading for much of the trip to win the seven furlong San Vicente at Santa Anita in mid-February. Son of last year’s leading freshman sire Uncle Mo has been working well for trainer Doug O’Neill who wins with 17% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days. Three-year-old has tactical speed and can be in good position from the start and may get first run on likely favorite Mohaymen with regular rider Mario Gutierrez riding.|
|9||Mohaymen||1/1||Current Kentucky Derby favorite is unbeaten in five starts and added the Fountain of Youth to his Holy Bull win when rallying from off the pace over a mile and a sixteenth here in late February in his second start of the year. BRIS Prime Power choice is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin who wins with 30% of his runners third time off a layoff and who has won with 23% of his starters since the beginning of last year. Son of Tapit drew a touch wide but finds plenty of speed to his inside to tuck in behind before making his late run with Junior Alvarado remaining aboard.|
|3||Majesto||20/1||Son of Tiznow rallied from off the pace to break his maiden over a mile and a sixteenth in his latest in February and now has a record of 4-1-1-1 here. Son of Tiznow takes a major class rise but is trained by Gustavo Delgado who wins with 14% of his runners that broke their maiden last time out and colt may be a contender for a minor piece with Javier Castellano in the saddle.|
|2||Fellowship||15/1||Chestnut comes finished third behind rival Mohaymen in his last two starts most recently when closing to be defeated by over six lengths in the Fountain of Youth. Son of Awesome of Course posted a sharp four furlong work in 43 3/5 since his last outing for trainer Stan Gold who wins with 10% of his runners in graded stakes. Colt can be trying to close late for a chance at a share with Jose Lezcano remaining aboard.|