Discover which horses are running in the Florida Derby, a Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Horse pedigrees, statistics, connections and more can be found here!

As Seen on TV
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
2
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
103 when finishing second in Mucho Macho Man S.
Total Earnings:
$146,205
Owner:
Screen Door Stables
Breeder:
Trainer:
Kelly Breen
Jockey:
Paco Lopez
Sire:
Lookin At Lucky
Dam:
Untamed Passion
Color:
Bay

Consistent colt has never finished out of the trifecta, but will need to step up his game after coming home a distant third in the Fountain of Youth (G2) last month. Gulfstream veteran Paco Lopez retains the mount on this stoutly-bred son of Lookin At Lucky, who should only improve with maturity.

Shivaree
Total 9 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
2
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
105 in Buffalo Man S. victory
Total Earnings:
$171,255
Owner:
Jacks or Better Farm
Breeder:
Trainer:
Ralph Nicks
Jockey:
Emisael Jaramillo
Sire:
Awesome of Course
Dam:
Garter Belt
Color:
Chestnut

Experienced Florida-bred colt has already competed in half a dozen stakes races, winning the 6-furlong Buffalo Man S. and finishing second in the 7-furlong Swale (G3) behind future Gotham (G3) winner Mischevious Alex. But Shivaree’s his lone run beyond a sprint distance yielded a distant fifth-place effort in the Florida Sire In Reality Stakes, so stepping up to 1 1/8 miles is a big question mark for this obviously talented sprinter.

Disc Jockey
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
96 when finishing second in American Fabius S.
Total Earnings:
$46,680
Owner:
3
Breeder:
2
Trainer:
1
Jockey:
0
Sire:
Bodemeister
Dam:
Cup o’ Luck
Color:
Bay

A former claimer, Disc Jockey has been on the rise for hot trainer Saffie Joseph, who has enlisted 2019 Preakness (G1)-winning jockey Tyler Gaffalione to guide the promising son of Bodemeister. A late-charging runner-up in the 7-furlong American Fabius S., Disc Jockey has never run around two turns but is bred to stretch out and has been firing off fast workouts in preparation for his graded stakes debut.

Soros
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
88 in Smooth Air S. victory
Total Earnings:
$51,775
Owner:
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and OGMA Investments
Breeder:
Trainer:
Gustavo Delgado
Jockey:
Edgar Prado
Sire:
Commissioner
Dam:
Eastern Ruckus
Color:
Chestnut

A late-running winner of the 1-mile Smooth Air S. at Gulfstream last November, this accomplished son of Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Commissioner hasn’t run in four months and will be taking a big step up in class and distance for the Florida Derby. Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, with more than 7,000 wins to his credit, will guide the chestnut colt for hot trainer Gustavo Delgado.

Gouverneur Morris
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
94 in allowance optional claiming win
Total Earnings:
$149,500
Owner:
Team Valor International and WinStar Farm
Breeder:
Trainer:
Todd Pletcher
Jockey:
John Velazquez
Sire:
Constitution
Dam:
Addison Run
Color:
Gray/Roan

Runner-up in the 2019 Breeders’ Futurity (G1), this $600,000 auction purchase has shown plenty of potential for five-time Florida Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. A recent allowance victory saw Gouverneur Morris defeat future Gotham (G3) runner-up Untitled in the quick time of 1:38.88 for 1 mile and 40 yards, just 0.02 off the track record. A son of 2014 Florida Derby winner Constitution, Gouverneur Morris will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who has won this race five times since 2009.

Ajaaweed
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
98 when second in Remsen (G2)
Total Earnings:
$119,850
Owner:
Shadwell Stable
Breeder:
Trainer:
Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey:
Luis Saez
Sire:
Curlin
Dam:
Asiya
Color:
Bay

A stretch-running son of Curlin, Ajaaweed has utilized determined late rallies to hit the board in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), Remsen (G2), and Sam F. Davis (G3). A stakes victory has so far proven elusive for this Shadwell Stable homebred, but with star Gulfstream jockey Luis Saez taking over the mount, perhaps Ajaaweed can take a step forward. The Florida Derby’s 1 1/8-mile distance shouldn’t be an issue; Ajaaweed’s best effort came when narrowly beaten in the Remsen over this distance.

Tiz the Law
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
108 in Holy Bull (G3) triumph
Total Earnings:
$151,900
Owner:
Sackatoga Stable
Breeder:
Trainer:
Barclay Tagg
Jockey:
Manny Franco
Sire:
Constitution
Dam:
Tizliz
Color:
Bay

The early favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Tiz the Law already boasts blowout triumphs in the Champagne (G1) and Holy Bull (G3) and might be undefeated if not for a troubled trip in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2). Racing for trainer Barclay Tagg and owner Sackatoga Stable of Funny Cide fame, Tiz the Law missed a little training time in February, but the son of Constitution has bounced back with sharp workouts and looms as the horse to beat.

My First Grammy
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
86 when third in maiden special weight
Total Earnings:
$13,380
Owner:
Maria Ines Mejia
Breeder:
Trainer:
Amador Sanchez
Jockey:
Hector Berrios
Sire:
Curlin
Dam:
Tabulation
Color:
Chestnut

A 0-for-3 maiden, My First Grammy has faced some capable runners and is bred to improve with distance and maturity. He figures to enjoy stretching out around two turns in the Florida Derby, but the substantial step up in class is a question mark considering My First Grammy was soundly beaten in a maiden race at Gulfstream just two weeks ago.

Independence Hall
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
101 in Nashua (G3) victory
Total Earnings:
$127,500
Owner:
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, and R K V RACING
Breeder:
Trainer:
Michael Trombetta
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Sire:
Constitution
Dam:
Kalahari Cat
Color:
Dark Bay/Brown

This flashy son of Constitution suffered his first defeat when second in the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs last month, but the $100,000 yearling purchase ran a big race in defeat, tracking a fast pace before pulling 11 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Ajaaweed. Previously an easy winner of the Nashua (G3) and Jerome S., Independence Hall will hope for a more relaxed journey on Saturday while guided by acclaimed jockey Joel Rosario.

Candy Tycoon
Total 6 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
2
Top Speed Rating:
93 when second in Fountain of Youth (G2)
Total Earnings:
$110,600
Owner:
Mathis Stable
Breeder:
Trainer:
Todd Pletcher
Jockey:
Javier Castellano
Sire:
Twirling Candy
Dam:
Liberty’s Lyric
Color:
Bay

Todd Pletcher-trained colt overcame a slow start and a wide run around the far turn to finish a gallant second in the Fountain of Youth (G2), albeit 8 1/2 lengths behind the victorious Ete Indien. With recent riders John Velazquez and Manny Franco opting to guide rival runners, this improving son of Candy Ride will pick up the services of four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano.

Sassy But Smart
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
87 in maiden special weight triumph
Total Earnings:
$43,150
Owner:
Martha Borchetta, Mike Borchetta, Scott Borchetta, and Martin Silver
Breeder:
Trainer:
Kendall Condie
Jockey:
Joe Bravo
Sire:
Overdriven
Dam:
Home Run Sassy
Color:
Chestnut

Although bred like a sprinter, Sassy But Smart has shown promise running long on grass, breaking his maiden going a mile at Gulfstream before finishing a close third in the Palm Beach (G3). The transition to dirt isn’t a big concern considering sire Overdriven was a graded stakes winner over the main track at Saratoga, but tackling Grade 1 company from a wide draw will be a tough task.

Ete Indien
Total 5 start(s)
Wins:
3
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
104 when second in Holy Bull (G3)
Total Earnings:
$333,156
Owner:
Linda Shanahan, Sanford Bacon, Dream With Me Stable, Horse France America, D P Racing, and Patrick L. Biancone Racing
Breeder:
Trainer:
Patrick Biancone
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Sire:
Summer Front
Dam:
East India
Color:
Dark bay/Brown

Runaway winner of the Fountain of Youth (G2) brings three straight triple-digit Brisnet Speed ratings to the equation for veteran trainer Patrick Biancone, but a step forward might still be necessary considering Ete Indien was beaten three lengths by Tiz the Law in the Holy Bull. A sharp start will be critical for this speedy front-runner, who risks getting hung wide while breaking from post 12.

Rogue Element
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
0
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
87 when second in maiden special weight
Total Earnings:
$9,030
Owner:
Calumet Farm
Breeder:
Trainer:
Dale Romans
Jockey:
Miguel Vasquez
Sire:
Honor Code
Dam:
Sweet Success
Color:
Dark bay/Brown

Beaten a neck in a 1-mile maiden special weight at Gulfstream four weeks ago, Rogue Element has been placed on the also-eligible list and will need a rival to scratch in order to compete. Sold for $250,000 as a yearling, Rogue Element is bred to improve with maturity and longer distances, so the best is likely still to come from this promising (but so far winless) Dale Romans trainee.