INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- Storm Tower -- the colt that trained as a 2-year-old at the Bowie Training Center and is ridden by Laurel jockey Rick Wilson -- is the lukewarm 3-1 early favorite to win Saturday's $500,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
Oddsmaker Chuck Streva listed Living Vicariously, fourth last year in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and a recent winner in Gulfstream allowance company, as the 4-1 second choice.
The odds for the rest of the prospective field are: Hidden Trick, 6-1; Silver of Silver, 6-1; Duc d'Sligovil, 8-1; Wallenda, 10-1; Great Navigator, 12-1; Kissin Kris, 12-1; Dread Me Not, 15-1; Pride of Burkaan, 15-1; Bull in the Heather, 20-1; Gentle Patrick, 20-1.
Storm Tower, unbeaten in four career starts, has never raced as far as the nine-furlong Florida Derby.
Bulky field predicted
A field of 12 is expected for the race, but there could be more starters named by entry time this morning. Fight For Love, trained by Manny Tortora, was second in his last start in allowance company and could join the lineup.
Jerry Bailey has replaced David Penna as the jockey on Kissin Kris. The horse won the Palm Beach Stakes and then was third behind Storm Tower and Great Navigator in a division of the Fountain of Youth Stakes. He is trained by David Bell, longtime former assistant to Roger Attfield.
Plans for Alydeed
Although Attfield was disconsolate about the retirement of St. Jovite, he has big plans for Alydeed, runner-up last year in the Preakness.
The 4-year-old colt recently equaled Gulfstream's track record of 1 minute, 15 seconds for 6 1/2 furlongs in his winning return to the races. After running tomorrow in the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Handicap, carrying high weight of 123 pounds, Attfield hopes to run the horse in the Carter Handicap at Belmont Park and then the Metropolitan Mile.
"After that I'd like to try him on the turf," he said. "I think that will help him carry his speed and could move him up quite a bit."