(Sole Volante wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
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Owner Dean Reeves — Sole Volante (1st):
Reeves, and his wife Patti, under the umbrella of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, recently purchased majority interest in Sole Volante.
A minor stakes winner on turf, Sole Volante had run third around one turn in Gulfstream Park’s Jan. 4 Mucho Macho Man Stakes in his switch to the main track. Just more than a month later, the gelded son of Karakontie donned Reeves’ colors and surged to a 2 1/2-length win at Tampa Bay Downs, defeating previously unbeaten Independence Hall.
“We watch a lot of horses that run and show some successful signs early,” Reeves said, “and, as a lot of people try to do, buy a portion of these horses that are doing well.”
Reeves and his advisor, Jay Stone, took a liking to Sole Volante early. The Patrick Biancone trainee won when debuting over the Gulfstream Park West lawn on Oct. 12, then took down Gulfstream Park’s Nov. 30 Pulpit, also on the grass.
“We watched the Mucho Macho Man and thought he ran pretty well on the dirt,” Reeves said. “So we thought this was a versatile horse.”
Reeves said an “important part of the deal” was keeping Sole Volante in Biancone’s care.
“Obviously Patrick’s doing a great job with him, so don’t rock the boat,” he said. “We came to a win-win, I think, with everybody, and I’m glad to be part of the partnership.”
Reeves thoughts on Independence Hall, who sustained his first career loss:
“He ran a winning race — a great race,” Reeves said of Independence Hall.
But the odds-on favorite also may have attended too closely to the front early on. Sole Volante breezed by, while Premier Star and Chapalu faded to finish last and second to last by 29 lengths.
“Once I saw how quick we were coming around the turn and momentum (Sole Volante) had, I thought, ‘Wow, if we can get through traffic we’ll have a real shot at it,’” Reeves said.
Trainer Patrick Biancone — Sole Volante:
Biancone reported Sunday morning to Reeves that Sole Volante came out of the Sam F. Davis “really well.” While they’ll wait to firm up next race plans, returning to Oldsmar, Fla., for the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) is a logical option.