67th Florida Derby to run Satur­day

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Showtime - Palm Beach - - GAMBLING - By David Rater­man

The 67th Florida Derby, with a $1 mil­lion purse, will take place on Satur­day at Gulf­stream Park Rac­ing and Casino (901 S. Fed­eral High­way, Hal­lan­dale Beach, 954-454-7000, Gulf­stream­Park.com).

A top prep for horserac­ing’s Triple Crown, the derby will be one of 14 races that have purses to­tal­ing $2.3 mil­lion. The first race’s post time is 11:30 a.m.

Through­out the Florida Derby’s his­tory, 24 starters have gone on to win the Ken­tucky Derby, 19 have won the Preak­ness and 16 have won the Bel­mont.

On race day, or­der Maker’s Mark or­ange or­chids, the derby’s of­fi­cial drink, and be sure to wear a fancy hat. The Di­vas and Dudes Hat Con­test will oc­cur in the Walk­ing Ring af­ter Race 7, at about 2:30 p.m. You can regis­ter on­line or at Gulf­stream. A win­ner and run­ner-up will be cho­sen for the best dressed lady and best dressed gen­tle­man.

Dou­bling up

On Mon­day, Uri Ka­dosh be­came the first player to win two main events at Isle Casino Rac­ing Pom­pano Park (777 Isle of Capri Cir­cle, Pom­pano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePom­panoPark.com) when he won the $1,500 NoLimit Hold ’Em Cham­pi­onship in the Bat­tles at the Beach poker tour­na­ment. The Davie res­i­dent de­fended last year’s win by de­feat­ing 432 en­tries. He took home $98,993 and the tro­phy.

The prize pool had reached $569,550. Af­ter the third- and fourth-place fin­ish­ers were elim­i­nated, Ka­dosh and Mar­shall White agreed on a chop. Ka­dosh was de­clared the win­ner. Run­nerup White, of North Carolina, walked with $96,660.

Rocky road

Last Fri­day’s Rum­ble at the Rock pre­sented some top­notch box­ing at Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino (1 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, 800-937- 0010, Semi­noleHardRock­Hol­ly­wood.com).

In the main event, Rey­mart Ga­ballo won in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Stephon Young to earn the WBA In­terim World Ban­tamweight Cham­pi­onship. He re­mains un­de­feated at 19-0.

Mi­ami’s Juan Car­los Payano de­feated Mike Pla­nia af­ter 10 tight rounds to win the NABO Su­per Ban­tamweight Cham­pi­onship. And Lo­gan Yoon de­feated Juan Car­los Sal­gado to take home the NABO Su­per Light­weight Cham­pi­onship.

Fort Laud­erdale’s Roberto Du­ran Jr., a wel­ter­weight, made his pro­fes­sional de­but with a fourth-round knock­out of Miguel Mo­rales.

Fight night had 11 bouts. The most ex­cit­ing fight for me was when 6-foot-9 Kaza­khstani Ivan Dy­chko, a two-time Olympic su­per-heavy­weight medal­ist, knocked out Mi­ami Beach’s Stephen Kirnon af­ter 38 sec­onds of round 1. Dy­chko re­mains un­de­feated at 7-0.

Odds and ends

Semi­nole Clas­sic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hol­ly­wood, 954-961-3220, Semi­noleClas­sicCasino.com) is host­ing a Clas­sic Mu­sic Festival noon-8 p.m. Satur­day. The event fea­tures eight acts, in­clud­ing Power 96’s DJ Zog and head­liner Color Me Badd (“I Wanna Sex You Up,” “I Adore Mi Amore”), who’ll go on­stage at 7:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. You must be at least 21 to at­tend.

From noon to 5 p.m. April 1, Ten Palms at Gulf­stream Park will host an Easter brunch that in­cludes a prime-rib carv­ing sta­tion, an omelet sta­tion and shrimp cock­tails plus two mi­mosas ($50 for adults, $25 for young adults and free for kids un­der 12).

Eater­ies at Semi­nole Casino Co­conut Creek ( 5550 NW 40th St., 954-977- 6700, Casi­noCoco.com) will of­fer Easter menus rang­ing from an $85 brunch at NYY Steak (10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) to a $42 brunch ($17 for kids un­der 11; 10 a.m.-9 p.m.) at Fresh Har­vest.

Co­me­dian John Mu­laney post­poned his standup rou­tine ($40-$70) at Semi­nole Hard Rock from April 21 to April 28.

Isle Casino re­cently in­stalled new slot ma­chines, in­clud­ing Fire For­tunes and Burn­ing Wheel Nitro In­ferno, where, ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer, “the flames of for­tune are spin­ning higher and hot­ter.”

(1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKen­nelClub.com), high hands will be paid out ev­ery 20 min­utes from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun­days to Thurs­days. At 20 af­ter the hour, the amount is $200. At 40 af­ter the hour, it’s another $200. On the hour, the amount is $400. The amounts dou­ble Fri­days and Satur­days. To­day, the poker room at Hialeah Park Rac­ing and Casino (100 E. 32nd St., HialeahPark.com, 305-885-8000) is giv­ing away $10,000 in free play and cash on Satur­day. You’ll get one en­try into the draw­ings for ev­ery 25 points you earn on slots with your player’s card in­serted. The amounts are $1,000 in free play once an hour from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 9 to 11 p.m., and $2,000 in cash at 5 p.m. and mid­night.


Kaza­khstani Ivan Dy­chko, 6 feet 9 inches, de­feated Mi­ami Beach’s Stephen Kirnon March 23 dur­ing the Rum­ble at the Rock at Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino. Dy­chko is un­de­feated at 7-0. Through­out April in the poker room at Palm Beach Ken­nel...

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