Florida Derby | Betting | Contenders | Odds | History | Results | Prep Races | Winners | Handicapping | Tickets The $1 million Florida Derby usually attracts a top-class field of Kentucky Derby prospects and highlights an excellent day of Thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park. Along with the Florida Derby, the South Florida track features a number of supporting stakes races for different age and sex divisions. Horse players can expect large and contentious fields throughout the afternoon with the potential for lucrative returns. The 63rd running of the Florida Derby helped establish a new all-time handle record at Gulfstream Park, with $26.8 million wagered on the entire Florida Derby Day program. Twenty-two Kentucky Derby winners have run in the Florida Derby, with Orb the most recent in 2013. Orb and 2014 winner Constitution (who missed the Kentucky Derby due to an injury) were among the favorites in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, but the 2010 edition featured boxcar payoffs and a thrilling finish, with the 20-1 Ice Box edging the 29-1 Pleasant Prince by a nose, generating a $509 exacta payoff for every $2 bet. The Florida Derby takes place in late March or early April, five weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. TwinSpires.com offers free online betting to subscribers.