Gouverneur Morris Confirmed For Florida Derby

Gouverneur Morris | Sarah Andrew

'TDN Rising Star' Gouverneur Morris (Constitution) was confirmed to start next in the Mar. 28 GI Curlin Florida Derby after breezing five-eighths in 1:01.65 (3/12) Saturday at Palm Beach Downs.

“He worked as well as he ever has this morning,” trainer Todd Pletcher said in an email forwarded by owner Barry Irwin of Team Valor. “I think we should take what's in front of us [the Florida Derby], assuming they keep running at Gulfstream.”

Citing revenue losses from casino closings and the lack of on-track handle in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gulfstream Park announced Saturday that the purse of the Florida Derby would get trimmed from $1-million to $750,000.

The mount on Gouverneur Morris is currently open, but Irwin wrote that a rider will be named “in due course.”

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