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Unbridled romps in Florida Derby

Updated: March 23, 2012, 1:43 PM ET
By Terry Conway | Special to ESPN.com

A six-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, legendary trainer Ben Jones once observed, "Florida's climate is good for man and beast."

Indeed, the path to Kentucky Derby glory often runs through the Florida Derby. One of the marquee Derby preps, it was first staged at Tampa Downs in 1926 then moved on to Hialeah Park from 1929 to 1937. The late March race found a permanent home at Gulfstream Park in 1952.

Eleven winners of the Florida Derby have gone to take the Run for ...

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