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The 2023 Florida Derby is the 72nd edition of the American Grade I stakes Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, run over a distance of 1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The race offers a purse of $1 million and is a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

The main contenders for the 2023 Florida Derby are:

  • Jungfrau: Jungfrau is a son of Curlin and has won two of his four career starts. He is trained by William I. Mott and will be ridden by Paco Lopez.
  • West Coast Cowboy: West Coast Cowboy is a son of Tapit and has won two of his six career starts. He is trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. and will be ridden by Sonny Leon.
  • Shaq Diesel: Shaq Diesel is a son of Uncle Mo and has won two of his four career starts. He is trained by Miguel Angel Vasquez and will be ridden by Angel Berrios.
  • Mage: Mage is a son of Tapit and has won two of his six career starts. He is trained by OGMA Investments, LLC, Restrepo, Ramiro, Sterling Racing LLC and CMNWLTH and will be ridden by Luis Saez. M
  • Mr. Peeks: Mr. Peeks is a son of Uncle Mo and has won one of his four career starts. He is trained by Edwin Gonzalez and will be ridden by Edgard Zayas.
  • Nautical Star: Nautical Star is a son of Tapit and has won two of his six career starts. He is trained by Antonio Sano and will be ridden by Javier Castellano.
  • Il Miracolo: Il Miracolo is a son of Uncle Mo and has won one of his four career starts. He is trained by Antonio Sano and will be ridden by Jesus M. Rios.
  • Mr. Ripple: Mr. Ripple is a son of Uncle Mo and has won one of his four career starts. He is trained by Edwin Gonzalez and will be ridden by Edgard Zayas.
  • Forte is a son of American Pharoah and has won three of his four career starts. He is trained by Todd Pletcher and will be ridden by Javier Castellano. Forte is the 4-5 morning-line favorite after winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes by 10 lengths. He is a very talented horse with a lot of potential.

Here are some additional information about the race:

  • The Florida Derby was first run in 1952.
  • The race has been won by a number of notable horses, including Spectacular Bid, Gato del Sol, and Barbaro.
  • The Florida Derby is a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby. The winner of the Florida Derby has gone on to win the Kentucky Derby in 11 of the past 20 years.
  • The 2023 Florida Derby will be televised live on NBC.

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