The Derby Trail heats up with four graded stakes this weekend—Tampa Bay Derby (G2), San Felipe (G2), Swale (G3), and Palm Beach (G3). All but one of these will run on Saturday and all but one is getting much of the racing industry’s press. The Grade 3 $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes will run Sunday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida where Donegal Racing’s Dullahan will make his sophomore debut for Louisville-based trainer Dale Romans. The 1 1/8 mile race will be run on the turf.
The half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, finished fourth in his last start, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in November at Churchill Downs. Since that performance, Dullahan’s debut has been the most anticipated of all Derby nominees in Romans’ barn.