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Mar 12, 2004

Florida Derby attracts ten

By: Sports Network

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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