Florida Derby Prep Races
The Florida Derby is the final in a four-race series for three-year-olds at Gulfstream Park. The prestigious event is held at 1 1/8 miles.
The first race in the series was previously known as the Gulfstream Park Derby (renamed the Mucho Macho Man for 2015). It typically takes place on or near New Year’s Day at a mile.
Next up is the Holy Bull, a Grade 2 event. It takes place at the end of January and stretches sophomores out to 1 1/16 miles.
The Grade 2 Fountain of Youth stays at the same 8 1/2-furlong distance and is contested four weeks after the Holy Bull.
The series culminates in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby at the end of March or early April. It is itself a major prep for the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and is worth points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four respective finishers as part of the Championship Series of races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
While the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth are preps for the Florida Derby, they also award points to the top four finishers (10-4-2-1 and 50-20-10-5, respectively) in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.