The 67th Florida Derby, with a $1 million purse, will take place on Saturday, March 31, 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.
On Monday, March 26, 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 No-Limit 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. Runner-up White, of North Carolina, walked with $96,660.
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.
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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, March 31. 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. Sunday, 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.”