HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Orb caught Itsmyluckyday inside the eighth pole and drew clear to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby by 234 lengths Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by John Velazquez, Orb ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.87 and paid $7.80, $3.80 and $3.40 for his fourth straight victory. Orb also won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream in February.
Orb entered the race already owning enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. By finishing second, Itsmyluckyday earned 40 points in the points system to also qualify.
Shanghai Bobby, trained by Todd Pletcher, finished fifth. Undefeated as a 2-year-old with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Shanghai Bobby probably needed to finish at least third to clinch a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
Itsmyluckyday returned $3 and $2.60, and Merit Man paid $8.60 to show.