03/10/2004 12:00AM

Field of ten for Florida Derby


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.- A field of ten 3-year-olds topped by Read The Footnotes, Value Plus and Tapit was entered Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

Read The Footnotes, winner of the Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth in his last start, drew post position 3 and will be ridden by Jerry Bailey. He was made the 7-5 morning line favorite by track oddsmaker Chuck Streva.

Value Plus is the second choice at 3-1 and will start from post 8 under John Velazquez while Tapit got post position 4 and was pegged at 5-1 under Edgar Prado.

The remainder of the field from the rail out includes The Cliff's Edge, Shane Sellers; Friends Lake, Richard Migliore; Farnmum Alley, Pat Day; Sir Oscar, Julio Garcia; Notorious Rogue, Joe Bravo; Frisky Spider, Eddie King Jr. and Smoocher, Jose Santos.

Florida Derby Field

PP Horse Jockey

1) The Cliff's Edge Shane Sellers

2) Friends Lake Richard Migliore

3) Read The Footnotes Jerry Bailey

4) Tapit Edgar Prado

5) Farnum Alley Pat Day

6) Sir Oscar Julio Garcia

7) Notorious Rogue Joe Bravo

8) Value Plus John Velazquez

9) Frisky Spider Eddie King Jr.

10) Smoocher Jose Santos