Florida Derby attracts ten

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Hallandale, FL (Sports Network) - Read The Footnotes, winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes, tops a field of 10 three-year-olds entered in Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Read The Footnotes will be ridden by Jerry Bailey and start from post three. Installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite, the colt is owned by Klaravich Stables and trained by Richard Violette. Read The Footnotes has won five of six career starts for $390,660.

The second choice in the program at 3-1 is Value Plus. The gray colt will break from post eight with John Velazquez in the saddle. Value Plus will be making just his second start this year after winning an allowance race at Gulfstream in February. The three-year-old is owned by Aaron and Marie Jones, and is trained by Todd Pletcher.

The highly regarded and lightly raced Tapit is the 5-1 third choice. Tapit will make his 2004 debut in the Florida Derby for Winchell Thoroughbreds. Trained by Mike Dickinson, Tapit will be ridden by Edgar Prado and start from post four. Last year the gray colt won both starts including the Laurel Futurity.

The Cliff's Edge, the defeated favorite in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, will break from the inside post. Regular rider Shane Sellers will once again have the mount for owner Robert La Penta and trainer Nick Zito.

Completing the field for the 1 1/8 mile race are Friends Lake, Farnum Alley, Sir Oscar, Notorious Rogue, Frisky Spider and Smoocher.

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