Rule favorite of 11 in Florida Derby

Rule wires the 2010 Sam Davis at Tampa Bay Downs
Todd Pletcher's other horse, Rule, the #3 in this week's HRN Derby Power Rankings as rated by the fans, will be favored in the Florida Derby over Lentenor and 9 others.  

The field was drawn Wednesday morning, but post positions will not be drawn until after Wednesday's races.  

Here's the full Florida Derby lineup with morning line odds, silks and replays.  

Post  Horse                   Claim to Fame 
 1      Soaring Empire    3rd in G3 Iroquois at CD, won GP allowance in last
 2      Lentenor              Barbaro's brother to make dirt and stakes debut
 3      Pulsion                 Finished 6th in Fountain of Youth
 4      Pleasant Prince    Closed for 4th in Fountain of Youth
 5      Game on Dude     Broke maiden at GP in last start
 6      First Dude            Broke maiden at GP, then 2nd in allowance
 7      Rule                     Won G3 Delta Jackpot and Sam F. Davis
 8      Ice Box                Closed for 5th in Fountain of Youth 
 9      Miner's Reserve   Broke maiden at GP in last start
 10    Best Actor            Broke maiden at GP, then 3rd in allowance
 11    Radiohead           Won G2 stakes in Europe at 2, 7th in BC Juv, won GP allow in last


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I don't think there's any question that Rule should be the favorite for the Florida Derby. With 4 straight wins, and never off of the board in 7 starts, all on dirt, he certainly has the most established credentials of any of the other horses going into the race. But one potential contender, Radiohead, has already established some credentials of his on, allbeit on Turf, in Great Britain. Here are Radiohead's races and their results during his 2009, 2yr.old campaign in Great Britain: 1. 5-13-09 Newmarket- Maiden Stakes: 2nd to High Spice 2. 5-18-09 Bath- Online Betting Forum EBF Novice Stakes(class 5): Won 3. 6-18-09 Ascot- Norfolk Stakes (Group 2): Won 4. 8-21-09 York- Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 2): 3rd to older horses. Won by 8yr.old Borderless Scott. 5. 9-19-09 Newbury- Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 1): 4th to undefeated Awzaan. 6. 9-02-09 Newmarket- Shadwell Middle Park Stakes: 2nd to undefeated Awzaan Now in the U.S., He finished a far back 7th in the 09' B.C. Juvenile won by Vale of York. He most recently just defeated Homeboychris in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park. So, IMO, Radiohead may be the one horse in the Florida Derby established enough so that he could really step up and challenge Rule. He's got an impressive turn of foot, and has raced all of the best 2yr.old's now turning 3yrs.old in Great Britain. Plus, as a 2yr.old, raced older horses in the Nunthorpe Stakes. I still give Rule the edge because he's much more accomplished on dirt, but Radiohead's Turf accomplishments leads me to believe he may be a factor in the race. JMO. NOTE: In Radiohead's first race, the initials EBF, for those who don't know, stands for (European Breeders Fund).
I really like Rule as one of my potential Kentucky Derby horses to use this year. Winner of 4 in a row on conventional dirt, and never off of the board in 7 lifetime starts, all on dirt. Rule is a big, physical horse that likes to run up-front and wear down the competition. His biggest challenge in this race will likely come from the colt from Great Britain, Radiohead. I've watched replays of Radiohead's races in the UK on and RacingUK. He's a quick colt with a very nice turn of foot. I haven't as of yet seen him race over dirt, but he did look quite impressive in the UK on Turf.

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