Viola’s Known Agenda prevails in Florida Derby at Gulfstream

Rebel’s Romance with jockey William Buick wins $750,000 Group 2 UAE Derby in excess of 1900m (9.5 furlongs) in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Picture/Martin Dokoupil)

HALLANDALE Beach front, Fla. (AP) — Identified Agenda proprietor Vincent Viola kept asking coach Todd Pletcher the exact same dilemma more than the previous couple days.

“Do you think we definitely have a shot in the Florida Derby?”

Pletcher retained telling him the remedy was certainly. And the horse still left no question.

Acknowledged Agenda ran absent from the discipline in the Florida Derby on Saturday, and may well continue to keep on heading all the way to Churchill Downs to start out the Triple Crown time. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. guided Acknowledged Agenda to the acquire in the Grade 1, $750,000 race at Gulfstream Park, finding up 100 Kentucky Derby standings details — which will be much more than plenty of to qualify him for that race in 5 months.

“Well, that’s definitely the hope,” Pletcher said.

Pletcher won the Florida Derby for a record sixth time, and Recognized Agenda coated the 1 1/8 miles on the grime in 1 minutes, 49.45 seconds. He returned $12.80 for the get, $6.60 to position and $3.20 to present.

Soup and Sandwich was next and greatly favored Best Honour — who arrived into the race with more than enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby — settled for third. Best Honour ran into traffic coming out of the gate and was nowhere near the front as the group headed into the to start with convert, though settled in together the rail and simply just waited for an opening.

By the time he identified open up area, it was far too late. Recognised Agenda moved into the guide about the leading of the stretch and then took off, profitable by 2 3/4 lengths in a margin that likely could have been greater if Ortiz asked.

“Greatest Honour was a single of the best horses in the nation and he was in the race, so we were likely to come across out what we have received,” Ortiz claimed.

Soup and Sandwich picked up 40 Derby standings factors, and Finest Honour bought 20.

Viola also owns the Florida Panthers, who are perfectly on their way to the Stanley Cup playoffs, and now he’s almost unquestionably headed back again to the Kentucky Derby. Moreover, he prospects the team that bred Known Agenda — so this earn was doubly major to him.

“How does it come to feel? You experience undeserving, really frankly,” Viola claimed. “Todd has been quite client with this horse from the minute he acquired him, quite self-assured.”

Viola had to be talked out of a program to send out Recognized Agenda to the Santa Anita Derby, just since he didn’t assume the horse was prepared for the Florida Derby.

He was thrilled to be erroneous.

“You could not publish it any in another way,” Viola reported. “Everything Todd explained to me when they ended up in the gate essentially transpired in the race.”

In other entire-level Derby prep races Saturday:


Extensive-shot Rebel’s Romance ($26.10) rolled to an straightforward acquire in Saturday’s UAE Derby at Dubai, earning 100 details in the Kentucky Derby standings and fundamentally clinching a place in the field — however it stays not known if owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trainer Charlie Appleby will mail him above. Panadol was next and New Treasure was third.


Like The King ($16) survived an objection that was produced postrace and prevailed in the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, also earning 100 factors toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. Sainthood was 2nd and Hockey Father was 3rd.


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