Sam F. Davis

‘Very Consistent’ Sole Volante Will Point To Wood Memorial

Owner Dean Reeves, who operates Reeves Thoroughbred Racing alongside his wife Patti, said it’s important to prepare a horse for the Kentucky Derby over a surface similar to Churchill Downs. That is one reason why graded stakes-winner Sole Volante will point towards the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April […]

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Independence Hall To Target Florida Derby After Saturday Breeze

Independence Hall, who suffered his first career loss in the Sam F. Davis (G3) Feb. 8, is being pointed to make his next start in the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) March 28 at Gulfstream Park. Aron Wellman, managing partner of co-owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, said Sunday that after talking with trainer Mike Trombetta, […]

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Sole Volante Shows Dirt Form, Defeats Independence Hall In Sam F. Davis

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone and Limelight Stables’ Sole Volante ended the undefeated streak of 3-5 favorite Independence Hall in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, racing away by two lengths on the wire. The 3-year-old son of Karakontie ran 1 1/16 miles over Tampa Bay Downs’ fast main track in 1:42.60, adding the […]

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Independence Hall Nears Perfection In His Final Work Before Tampa’s Sam F. Davis

Perfection is difficult to achieve on the racetrack, so trainer Michael Trombetta settled for the next-best thing this morning in Independence Hall’s final workout for Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. β€œHe kicked on nice. I’m very happy with the breeze,” Trombetta said after his assistant, Sarah Shaffer, worked the 3-year-old colt in […]

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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. β€œI 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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