Soldat made early favorite for Florida Derby

Soldat has drawn the inside post and been made the morning-line

favorite for Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream


Soldat is listed as the 9-5 top choice.

Soldat also broke from the No. 1 post five weeks ago when he

easily won the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream. Trained by Kiaran

McLaughlin and to be ridden again by Alan Garcia, Soldat has three

wins and four second-place finishes in seven career starts.

A field of eight has entered the Florida Derby. The rest of the

field, from Soldat outward, is: To Honor and Serve, Arch Traveler,

Bowman’s Causeway, Shackleford, Stay Thirsty, Dialed In and


Post time for Sunday’s race is 5:42 p.m. Eastern.

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