Cairo Prince favored in Florida Derby

Wildcat Red, the speed factor in the Florida Derby

Cleveland - Cairo Prince is favored in this weekend’s $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.

Cairo Prince is listed as the 9/5 favorite in the field and will break from post No. 3 with jockey Luis Saez.  Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin says, “We’re happy with post three.”  “There’s a lot of speed in there, so I think we’ll be coming from behind.” 

Cairo Prince debuted this year in the Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes on January 25 and closed with a 5 ¾ length win after finishing 2nd behind Honor Code in the Remsen last November.  McLaughlin claims, “This is a special horse.  All I want to do is keep him sound and healthy and get him into the starting gate.” 

This year’s Hutcheson and Fountain of Youth winner, Wildcat Red, will go off as the second betting choice in the field.  Trainer Jose Garoffalo is not worried about drawing the inside post as Wildcat Red likes running on the inside.  If he is able to take the lead, being on the inside should favor his run.  His odds are 3/1, John Velazquez will jockey.

Spot will break from post 8 for Trainer Nick Zito, a three-time Florida Derby winner.  Spot was the upset winner on March 1, in the Swale at Gulfstream by 2 ½ lengths.  Corey Lanerie will be the jockey.

General A Rod beat Wildcat Red at Gulfstream Park by a head in the Gulfstream Park Derby in early January.  Jockey Joel Rosario will be back on board this one after losing the Fountain of Youth Stakes by a head to Wildcat Red on February 22.  He is trained by Michael Maker with odds of 7/2 and will be breaking from post 6.

Undeafted Constitution will come from post 4 with odds of 4/1.  This is a stakes debut for the Todd Pletcher trained colt.  He has two wins at Gulfstream Park on January 11th and an allowance race on February 22nd.  Jockey Javier Castellano will see how they break from the gates to determine their strategy for the run.

Matador will break from post 2 with 15/1 odds under jockey Julien Leparoux.  He hasn’t won a race since last October at Woodbine and finished 5th in the Tampa Bay Derby.  Maybe outclassed here for Trainer Mark Casse.

East Hall finished eighth in the Tampa Bay Derby and fourth in the Fountain of Youth.  He is trained by William Kaplan and Juan Leyva will jockey.  Odds are at 20/1 and will break from post 5.

The long shot in the field is Allstar at 30/1.  The Marcus Vitali trained colt will break from post 7.  He won an allowance race at Calder on February 28th and will be ridden by returning jockey Orlando Bocachica.

All horses will carry 122 pounds in the 1-1/8 mile Florida Derby.  Post time is at 6:48p.m. (ET)

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