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McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes
TCI: Last Of The 10-Point Races

The TCI guys process last week’s Derby prep action, a major performance by the undefeated McCraken. Did he do enough to break into the top spot of the TCI’s Top 10? They also preview this Saturday’s G3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, and the loaded G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on […]

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Declining numbers in Thoroughbred foal crops are tied to significant issues in U.S. racing
The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It’s no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important races coast to coast. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of field sizes, racehorse ownership, and the […]

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Brian Hernandez, Jr. with the trophy after the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘One Of The Most Underrated Jockeys Out There’

It was with an air of absolute confidence that jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., rode top 3-year-old McCraken in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. While making his first start of 2017, the son of Ghostzapper was impressive, extending his undefeated record and announcing himself a major candidate for the Kentucky […]

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Iliad, a 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper, wins the San Vicente
Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Ghostzapper Continues To Deliver

When a stallion goes to stud amid great expectations and does not deliver – and deliver right now – the stampede away from him is emphatic. For a stallion to reverse the trend, to overturn the “disconfirmation of expectations,” as a noted breeder phases it, requires some seriously good results and consistency in them also. […]

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Whitham Thoroughbreds' McCraken drew a large crowd to the Tampa Bay Downs winner's circle after his victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes
Whitham, Wilkes Enjoying The Ride With Top 3-Year-Old McCraken

February is a very good time to have an ascending 3-year-old colt on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Janis Whitham and Ian Wilkes, the respective owner-breeder and trainer of Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis winner McCraken, are enjoying the ride. “We’re all excited,” Wilkes said in the blush of the Ghostzapper colt’s […]

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McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes
McCraken Takes Over First Place In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

This past weekend the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” biggest race ran through Tampa Bay Downs in Florida resulting in some minor changes in week  three of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released today. Moving up a notch from second to first-place is McCraken (18 first-place votes; 335 […]

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McCraken in the winner's circle for the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs
McCraken: Wilkes Tentatively Lays Plans For Tampa Bay Derby

Ian Wilkes says his role in helping McCraken get to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs on May 6 is relatively simple. “I’ve just got to stay out of his way and let him take me,” Wilkes said this morning. The unbeaten (4-for-4) 3-year-old colt raised his connections’ optimism several notches […]

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McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes
McCraken Professional, Remains Undefeated With Sam F. Davis Victory

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ homebred McCraken extended his undefeated record to four races on Saturday, utilizing his late-running style to take top honors in the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The sophomore son of Ghostzapper and Brian Hernandez cruised to the lead in the stretch, gearing down a bit at the wire to […]

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McCraken (Ghostzapper) wins the Kentucky Jockey Club Gold Cup at Churchill Downs
Weekend Lineup: Strong Sam F. Davis Field Vies For Derby Points

The journey to the first Saturday in May continues this weekend, with points on offer in Tampa Bay Downs’ Sam F. Davis Stakes. Solid 2-year-old contender McCraken will attempt to retain his form in his 2017 debut, while a field of eight others have will try to dethrone him. Kicking off the graded stakes action […]

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Todd Pletcher, hard at work
Pletcher Brings Strong Record To Sam F. Davis With Two Entrants

Todd Pletcher tackled the (now)-Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes for the first time in 2000 with Impeachment, when Tampa Bay Downs raised the purse money for the race from $25,000-added to $40,000-guaranteed. The winner, trainer Ken McPeek’s Go Lib Go, had won the Grade III Tropical Park Derby at Calder two starts earlier, but […]

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