Audible Wins Florida Derby as Gulfstream Park Sets All-Time Handle Record
A huge day of racing featured 14 races at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 31. While many were looking forward to the final race and Audible’s ultimate victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1), there was plenty of other wagering and records being set on a big day of betting at Gulfstream Park.
The single-day handle at Gulfstream Saturday was $49,909,070. Excluding the Breeders’ Cup at Gulfstream Park, that smashed the previous record by more than $8 million which was set Jan. 27 this year on Pegasus World Cup day.
“We want to thank the fans for making this such a truly special day,” said Gulfstream Park General Manager Bill Badgett. “We witnessed some incredible performances today by our equine athletes and jockeys. We want to thank the horsemen from North America and South America for supporting our program. The Stronach Group continues to reinvent the experience of attending Thoroughbred races for entertainment, dining and world-class racing. We will continue building on our customer service, dining and entertainment and on our year-round racing.”
The $49.9 million handle was also more than $17 million more than last year’s Florida Derby day.
A main reason for the increased handle was the mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 that generated a North American record of $16,583,425 in new money and a total Pick 6 handle of $21.336 million. That eclipsed both records set Jan. 28 at Gulfstream when a total Pick 6 handle of $19.779 million was paid out and $15.788 million of new money was wagered.
Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez each won a record 5th Florida Derby, and will try to defend their Kentucky Derby title with Audible following last year’s Run for the Roses victory with Always Dreaming, another Florida Derby winner.