Sam F. Davis Stakes

Remsen Winner Catholic Boy Pointed To Florida Derby

Grade 2 Remsen Stakes winner Catholic Boy is being pointed for the Florida Derby on March 31 at Gulfstream Park, according to drf.com. The sophomore son of More Than Ready was most recently second in the G3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. “Timing-wise it’s the best, and everybody on the team seems to agree,” […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: ‘The Saratoga Of The South’

They don’t write races at 1 1/16 miles and a few jumps. If they did, Vino Rosso might have gotten the money and 10 Kentucky Derby points in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Officially, the Curlin colt got just two Derby points while winding up third, beaten 1 ¼ […]

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Good Magic Leads Top 3-Year-Old Poll; Flameaway Jumps On The Leaderboard

Week three of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll shows slight movement and a new face in the top-ten after the running of the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes down at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida this past Saturday. The Sam F. Davis is a designated Kentucky Derby prep race worth 10-qualifying points to […]

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Flameaway ‘Definitely’ To Be Nominated To Triple Crown; Catholic Boy Put In A ‘Solid Effort’

The one-two finishers in Saturday’s Sam F. Davis, both Flameaway and Catholic Boy came out of the race well, according to drf.com. The winner, Flameaway, lowered the Tampa Bay Downs’ stakes record by .01 second in the effort, but was not nominated to the Triple Crown. In order for the 10 points he earned with the […]

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Weekend Lineup: 12 Weeks And Counting

It’s hard to believe there are only 12 weeks until the Kentucky Derby. Future wagering on the Run for the Roses will be held this weekend, but there are still plenty of opportunities for aspiring candidates to earn their spots in the starting gate. This weekend features the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa […]

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TCI: Spotlight On Sam F. Davis, San Vicente Stakes

The TCI guys recap last weekend’s major prep action and opine on the impact those races will have on this year’s Derby Trail. Were there any big movers on the TCI Top 10? They also preview Saturday’s loaded Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa, and an ever-intriguing San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita.

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Catholic Boy Kicks Off Sophomore Season In Tampa Bay’s Sam F. Davis

Seven 3-year-old colts and geldings take their next steps Saturday toward a potential date with Thoroughbred racing destiny in the 38th edition of the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the showcase of a 12-race Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card at Tampa Bay Downs beginning at 12:13 p.m. The mile-and-a-sixteenth Sam […]

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‘Stronger’ Catholic Boy Pleases Thomas Leading Up To Sam F. Davis Stakes

Jonathan Thomas leaned forward in a Grandstand box seat as his 3-year-old colt Catholic Boy commenced his workout on the Tampa Bay Downs dirt oval shortly after 9 a.m. today, accompanied by an unraced stablemate. “Twelve-and-one (seconds for the first quarter-mile),” the trainer murmured via walkie-talkie to exercise rider Tracy Price. “That’s quick enough, guys. Just sit. […]

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Tampa Bay: Catholic Boy Works Five Furlongs Ahead Of 2018 Debut

Multiple graded stakes winner Catholic Boy continued his preparation for the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Tampa Bay Downs over the weekend. The Daily Racing Form reports that it was the third recorded breeze by the son of More Than Ready since he captured the G2 Remsen Stakes Dec. 2. […]

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Sophomore World Of Trouble Nearly Lowers Track Record In Tampa’s Pasco Stakes

That “thudding” sound you might have heard after the $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs came from a few dozen jaws hitting the grandstand cement after World of Trouble’s 13 ¾-length victory. It wasn’t just the margin, or the time – 1:21.52, .12 seconds off the stakes and track record for 7 furlongs – […]

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