Cairo Prince the favorite for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Cairo Prince is the early favorite for Saturday’s Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, and has drawn the third starting spot in an eight-horse field.

Cairo Prince is the 9-5 early choice for the major Kentucky Derby prep race, followed by Wildcat Red at 3-1. The post-position draw was Wednesday, with Wildcat Red starting on the inside spot.

Cairo Prince has won three of his four career starts, including his only outing this year in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream back on Jan. 25.

Wildcat Red has won his last two stakes races and has prevailed in four of six lifetime starts, all at Gulfstream. Wildcat Red’s last loss came on Jan. 1 to General a Rod, the third choice in the Florida Derby field at 7-2.

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