HALLANDALE BEACH, FL. March 24, 2021 — Which member of a surprisingly large field of 11 entered in Saturday’s G1 Florida Derby will have something in common with Always Dreaming, Nyquist, Orb, Big Brown, Barbaro or Monarchos?
That’s why horse races are run.
The question will be partially answered at Gulfstream Park in three days, and definitively by post time of the feature race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1. Parenthetically, none are hoping to replicate the history made by Maximum Security two long years ago.
Although none of Saturday’s entrants would mind being tossed in the same “Test of the Champion” bucket with Tiz the Law or Empire Maker, no race in America has the distinction of being in the same stratosphere as the Derby, “America’s Race.”
Here, then, are the post positions were drawn at 12:15 pm today and are listed in post position order with early line odds:
1-NOVA RAGS (12-1)
2-QUANTUM LEAP (20-1)
4-SOUTHERN PASSAGE (30-1)
5-KNOWN AGENDA (5-1)
7-GREATEST HONOR (6-5)
8-SOUP AND SANDWICH (20-1)
So, will Greatest Honour become the first horse in history to sweep the three graded Road to the Derby preps offered by Gulfstream Park? Will Todd Pletcher add to his record five Florida Derby victories with Known Agenda, or will Bob Baffert go to his bench stretch and pick off a Grade 1 with Spielberg?
While thinking that over, consider that Gulfstream is offering guaranteed pools of $750,000 in the Late Pick Five and Pick 4, in addition to a mandatory payout in the Rainbow Six expected to draw a pool in excess of $10 million.