Gulfstream Park forced to cut Florida Derby day purses

Gulfstream Park forced to cut Florida Derby day purses
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Due to all casino closings and the lack of on-track handle, Gulfstream Park on Saturday announced the Florida Derby (G1) will run next Saturday, March 28, as a $750,000 race.

That's down from $1 million and falls in line with the same move made by Oaklawn Park to make its Arkansas Derby (G1), now scheduled for May 2, worth 3/4 of a million as well.

Churchill Downs officials assured Oaklawn that both the Arkansas Derby and its Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies, which also saw a purse decrease, would allot the same number of Kentucky Derby and Oaks qualifying points, on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the first four finishers. The same will apply to Gulfstream, a Churchill spokesman confirmed Saturday.

The Oaks and Derby have been postponed until Sept. 4 and 5, respectively, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with the Florida Derby, next Saturday's Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Pan American (G2) will offer $200,000 purses, down from $250,000. Also, the Cutler Bay and Sanibel Island will go for $100,000, down from $125,000.

The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby marks an expected rematch between Holy Bull (G3) winner Tiz the Law and Fountain of Youth (G2) hero Ete Indien. Entries will be taken Wednesday.

2020 Florida Derby (G1)

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