Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - Tampa Bay Downs will be the scene of one of three "Road to the Kentucky Derby" points gathering races this Saturday, February 2. A group of three year old hopefuls will be chasing the 10 points awarded to first place as the winner's share of the $200,000 purse in the Sam F. Davis Stakes - a 1 1/16 mile race on Tampa Bay Downs' main track.

A group of 10 three year olds will vie for the Derby points in race 11 on Tampa Bay Downs' Saturday card with a post time of 5:23 PM. Let's take a look at the past performances of all 10 Derby hopefuls ahead of this important Grade 3 race.

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My Name Is Michael - ships in from Woodbine where he had four starts with a win, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was a respectable second in the minor Display Stakes December 1. Joel Rosario gets the mount on one of the entries to watch on Saturday.

Dynamic Sky - has five career starts with two wins, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was an impressive score in the Pasco Stakes over Sky Commander on this track January 12 after an OK sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He had a very nice second in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland October 6 after two stakes races at Woodbine resulted in a win in the Simcoe Stakes September 3 and a third in his debut at the Vandal Stakes in July. He figures to be right in the mix along with My Name Is Michael.

Sam F. Davis Stakes 2013 | Remaining Field Entries

Northern Lion - Mark Casse trained colt is coming off a win in a MSW by 5 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream December 22 after a second and a third in MSW races at Churchill Downs and Woodbine in his other two career starts.

Speak Logistics - started his career with a fourth place finish but won his next two starts - a Maiden Special Weight at Monmouth August 18 and the Florida Stallion In Reality Stakes October 13 at Calder by 2 3/4 lengths while earning a 90 Beyer Speed figure. Last time out was a seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November. He will look to step up and gain some points in the Kentucky Derby points race.

Divine Ambition - lightly raced colt finished third most recently to Dynamic Sky and Sky Commander on this track in the minor Pasco Stakes January 12 in his second career start after breaking maiden by 8 lengths September 21 at Turfway Park for trainer Darrin Miller.

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Midnight Poppa - Nicholas Zito pupil has run three MSW races in his career with two third place finishes to start his career and a win last time out by 1 1/4 lengths on this track December 26.

Falling Sky - has three career starts and two wins - a 1 3/4 length score in a 6 1/2 furlong Allowance Optional Claiming last time out December 14 in which he earner an 89 Beyer Speed figure and a MSW score in his debut November 1 at Calder. Sandwiched in there is a fourth in his only stakes race - the minor Inaugural Stakes here December 1.

Silver Day - William Kaplan trained colt has five career starts with just one win - a MSW score four back at Calder September 22. Since then he has failed to place in three starts - a fourth in an Allowance October 14, a fifth in the Arthur I. Appleton Juvenile Turf at Calder November 10 and a sixth last time out in the Pasco Stakes on this track January 12.

Lightning Stone - started his career with a pair of fourths and then rebounded with two straight wins - a MSW at Belmont Park October 28 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont December 23. Last time out was a seventh in the competitive Pasco Stakes on this track January 12.

Balino - enters the Sam F. Davis on a two race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming score last time out January 16 here and a Maiden Claiming on this track December 14. He started his career with a pair of Maiden Claiming races at Calder registering a tenth in his debut and a sixth September 26.

2013 Sam F. Davis Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 11 on Tampa Bay Downs's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:23 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Northern Lion P. Husbands M. Casse
1A Dynamic Sky L. Contreras M. Casse
2 Silver Day M. Pedroza W. Kaplan
3 Divine Ambition W. Martinez D. Miller
4 My Name Is Michael J. Rosario W. Mott
5 Speak Logistics A. Serpa E. Plesa, Jr.
6 Lightning Stone D. Coa W. Allyn
7 Balino N. Goodwin B. Rhone
8 Falling Sky L. Saez J. Terranova, II
9 Midnite Poppa J. Lezcano N. Zito

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