Field for Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs

(Known Agenda / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

From the Kentucky Derby.com Media Team:

Sam F. Davis Stakes

Inaugurated in 1981, the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs needed more than twenty years to earn its place as a meaningful Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. But since achieving a six-figure purse in 2004, the Sam F. Davis has steadily risen in prominence while producing a string of high-profile runners.

Contested over 1 116 miles and serving as a local prep for the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), the Sam F. Davis produced just three Derby starters during its first two decades of existence, not surprising since the purse hovered around $25,000 during the 1990s. But steady purse increases during the mid-2000s attracted higher-quality participants. 2005 winner Andromeda’s Hero went on to finish second in the Belmont Stakes (G1), 2006 winner Bluegrass Cat nabbed a runner-up effort in the Kentucky Derby, and 2007 champion Any Given Saturday claimed the Haskell Invitational (G1).

This string of quality winners prompted the Sam F. Davis to receive G3 status in 2009, further raising its national profile. Future Blue Grass (G1) and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) winner General Quarters was the first to win the newly-upgraded race, and during the 2010s, ten horses used the Sam F. Davis as a springboard to the Kentucky Derby. Among the best were Tapwrit (runner-up in 2017) and Destin (victorious in 2016), who went on to finish first and second in the Belmont Stakes, respectively.

The purse of the Sam F. Davis climbed to $250,000 in 2012, and in 2017 the race was added to the Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule, offering 10 qualification points to the winner.

By J. Keeler Johnson

Entries
1 Hidden Stash
Ridden by Hector Rafael Diaz, Jr.
Owned by BBN Racing, LLC
Trained by Victoria H. Oliver
CURRENT ODDS
101
ML 10-1
2 Joe Man Joe
Ridden by Huber Villa-Gomez
Owned by Lucky Seven Stable
Trained by David Fisher
CURRENT ODDS
201
ML 20-1
3 Known Agenda
Ridden by John R. Velazquez
Owned by St. Elias Stable
Trained by Todd A. Pletcher
CURRENT ODDS
61
ML 6-1
4 Millean
Ridden by Roberto Alvarado, Jr.
Owned by Donegal Racing
Trained by Todd A. Pletcher
CURRENT ODDS
121
ML 12-1
5 Smiley Sobotka
Ridden by Daniel Centeno
Owned by Albaugh Family Stables LLC
Trained by Dale L. Romans
CURRENT ODDS
31
ML 3-1
6 Runway Magic
Ridden by Julien R. Leparoux
Owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (J. G. Sikura) and Lunsford, Bruce
Trained by George R. Arnold, II
CURRENT ODDS
81
ML 8-1
7 Boca Boy
Ridden by Antonio A. Gallardo
Owned by Kenneth E. Fishbein
Trained by Cheryl Winebaugh
CURRENT ODDS
51
ML 5-1
8 Nova Rags
Ridden by Samy Camacho
Owned by Michael P. Shanley
Trained by William I. Mott
CURRENT ODDS
41
ML 4-1
9 Candy Man Rocket
Ridden by Junior Alvarado
Owned by Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc.
Trained by William I. Mott
CURRENT ODDS
101
ML 10-1
10 Ricochet
Ridden by Jesus Lopez Castanon
Owned by Whiskey Hollow Thoroughbreds, LLC
Trained by Kelsey Danner
CURRENT ODDS
151
ML 15-1
11 Lucky Law (IRE)
Ridden by Robby Albarado
Owned by Bacon, Sanford, Shanahan, Mrs. Paul, Horse France America and Patrick L. Biancone Racing LLC
Trained by Patrick L. Biancone
CURRENT ODDS
201
ML 20-1
12 Last Investment
Ridden by Santos Ademar
Owned by Hendry, Beth and Hendry, Milton
Trained by Hendry Stacy Lane
CURRENT ODDS
301
ML 30-1
13 Tiz Tact Toe
Ridden by Alonso Quinonez
Owned by David A. Bernsen, LLC
Trained by Robert B. Hess, Jr.
CURRENT ODDS
301
ML 30-1
2021-02-05T12:34:41-05:00By |

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