Sam F. Davis

Jeff Ruby Steaks: Counter Offer ‘Training Well,’ Twelfthofneverland Should ‘Love The Surface’

Exactly one month before this Saturday, Counter Offer rallied to finish fourth in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), nosing out Knicks Go to collect the race’s last available point toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). Saturday he is expected to join the hunt for 20 more points in the Jeff Ruby […]

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Well Defined’s Davis Win ‘A Big Team Effort’ For Local Connections

The celebration at the Kathleen O’Connell Racing Stables barn was relatively subdued after Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes victory by Well Defined at Tampa Bay Downs. But it continued into Sunday afternoon, as well-wishers paid heartfelt tribute to the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding, his trainer and her staff. Paula Bacon, the agent for […]

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Florida-Bred Well Defined Steals Sam Davis With Frontrunning 7-1 Upset

Stonehedge LLC’s homebred Well Defined earned a chance to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after a win in the Florida-bred Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but wound up finishing 12th after an awkward start and being checked at the five-sixteenths pole. The 3-year-old gelded son of With Distinction came back in January to run fifth […]

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‘Proven’ Knicks Go A Deserving Favorite, But No Sure Thing In Sam F. Davis

Most of the trainers with runners in Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs view the mile-and-a-sixteenth race for 3-year-olds on the main track as a wide-open affair. “I think it’s a good race for everybody to see what kind of level their horse can compete at,” said Arnaud Delacour, […]

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Sam F. Davis Winner Flameaway Among 10 Late Triple Crown Nominees

John C. Oxley’s Flameaway, the winner of Tampa Bay Downs’ Sam F. Davis (Grade III), leads a group of 10 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that were made eligible to compete in the 2018 Triple Crown with a late $6,000 payment that was due Monday. With 10 late nominees during the Jan. 21-March 19 late nomination phase (pending […]

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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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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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Flameaway Upsets Heavily Favored Catholic Boy In Sam F. Davis

According to the tote board, Catholic Boy (1-2) was going to walk all over the other five sophomore colts entered in Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. But when the favorite drew even with 10-1 frontrunner Flameaway at the head of the lane, there was another story to be told. Jose […]

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King And His Court Reigns In Sunday’s Wando Stakes

A return to familiar ground ended in a return to form for King and His Court, who captured Sunday’s $119,600 Wando Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Mark Casse for owners Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable, King and His Court rebounded from two lackluster performances south of the border to win impressively courtesy of a sly […]

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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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