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Derby Hopeful Independence Hall Among The Horses ‘Testing The Waters’ Saturday At Tampa Bay

Unbeaten Independence Hall drew the No. 4 post position for Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the centerpiece of Festival Preview Day 40 at Tampa Bay Downs. Eight 3-year-old Thoroughbreds are entered in the Sam F. Davis, a mile-and-a-sixteenth race on the main track. The Sam F. Davis is part of the “Road to […]

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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. “He 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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Undefeated Independence Hall Expected To Headline Saturday’s Sam F. Davis Stakes

Unbeaten 3-year-old Independence Hall is expected to be the headliner on next Saturday’s Festival Preview Day card at Tampa Bay Downs. The stakes-laden program consists of three graded events, topped by the 40th edition of the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds, which is a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race. […]

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Undefeated Independence Hall Tops Nominees To Sam F. Davis Stakes

The four stakes races on the Feb. 8 Festival Preview Day card at Tampa Bay Downs have attracted a total of 137 nominations, Stakes Coordinator Gerry Stanislawzyk announced today. Heading the card is the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep race offering qualifying points to the top […]

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Now At Tampa, Independence Hall Could Point For Sam Davis Or Risen Star

Two Road to the Kentucky Derby options appear to be the primary choices for undefeated 3-year-old Independence Hall’s next start, trainer Michael Trombetta told horseracingnation.com on Monday. The son of Constitution, now based at Tampa Bay Downs after his win in Aqueduct’s Jerome Stakes on Jan. 1, could point to either the G3 Sam F. […]

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Unbeaten Independence Hall Cruises in Jerome After Tardy Start

Independence Hall, from the first crop of WinStar Farm’s Tapit stallion Constitution, was an easy four-length winner of Wednesday’s $150,000 Jerome at Aqueduct in Ozone Park, N.Y., despite breaking slowly from the gate in the Kentucky Derby points race for 3-year-olds. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the Michael Trombetta-trained colt ran his record to a perfect […]

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Independence Hall Returns For Wednesday’s Jerome Stakes At Aqueduct

New York’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues New Year’s Day at Aqueduct Racetrack as a field of seven newly-minted 3-year-olds contest the 150th running of the $150,000 Jerome on Wednesday at the Big A. Carded as Race 7 with a scheduled post time of 3:55 p.m. Eastern, the one-mile Jerome is the second of […]

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Sunshine And Roses: Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Kicks Off Florida Road To Kentucky Derby

You don’t have to pass through Florida to get to Kentucky. But history — at least as it involves the best path to the Kentucky Derby (G1) — suggests it pays to experience a little sunshine and salt air before preening in the shadows of the Twin Spires come May. Once again, when Gulfstream Park […]

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Juvenile Standout Independence Hall No Longer Targeting Remsen

Posting a 101 Beyer Speed Figure in his 12 1/4-length victory in the G3 Nashua Stakes earlier this month, 2-year-old Independence Hall was initially under consideration for the G2 Remsen Stakes on Dec. 7. Instead, trainer Michael Trombetta told horseracingnation.com that the son of Constitution will race again before his stable ships south for the winter, […]

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