The starting line for the Florida Derby at Gulfstream

As the Northeast (more specifically, those annoying New York sports fans) continued to shiver this past weekend, the FTL Collective staff enjoyed a scorching hot afternoon in flip flops and floppy hats at the horse track at Gulfstream Park for the annual Florida Derby. For the unaware, this highly anticipated race happens every year around this time and currently carries a massive purse of $1,000,000 for the winning horse. Typically, the 3-year-old that wins the this derby goes on to be one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby.

With free entry, minimum bets of $1, decently priced beers ($20 buckets), and lots of ridiculous looking hats, this made for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Here’s some of our photo documentation of the event:

Photos by Mig and Strawberry Jam

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