Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Big day of racing Saturday at Derby Lane, Tampa Bay Downs

ST. PETERSBURG — Seven stakes. Two racetracks. One sensational Saturday.

Derby Lane and Tampa Bay Downs provide fans a double dose of quality and quantity today. Derby Lane has its richest greyhound stakes race, the 53rd $80,000 Distance Classic at St. Petersburg. The Downs hosts its 10th annual Florida Cup Day with six $75,000 stakes races for thoroughbreds in Oldsmar.

Derby Lane spokeswoman Vera Rasnake said the 660-yard Distance Classic could be a classic. "It is probably going to be one of the best, if not the best, three-eighths stakes races this year," she said. "The caliber of dog is tremendous. You've got (2011) All-America team captain Tiger Boy; the defending champion, Magic Finch; and Jewelz Fire, who has the season's fastest time."

The field from the rail in Race 10 (10:11 p.m.): Kentucky Fire (Cal Holland kennel), Tiger Boy (McAllister), leading qualifier Brother Buck (D'Arcy), Magic Finch (Abernathy), Sovereign Gift (D'Arcy), Kiowa Wildbraves (Patriot), Jewelz Fire (Hambleton) and Flyin Commandant (Red Oak). First place pays $32,000.

The Downs concludes its stakes program with a focus on Florida-bred horses. There are 52 entries in the six stakes: Sophomore, Sophomore Fillies, Sophomore Turf, Sprint, Turf Classic and Turf Distaff, which is the first stakes in Race 3 (1:17). Graham Motion, trainer of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, has two morning-line stakes favorites, Slews Answer (Turf Classic) and Unbridled Humor (Turf Distaff). Other early line stakes choices: Citizen Advocate (Sophomore Fillies), Crafty Unicorn (Sophomore Turf), Hello Prince (Sophomore) and It's Me Mom (Sprint).

Jamie Ness, the nation's leading trainer and closing in on his sixth straight Downs championship, will attempt to extend his streak of winning an Oldsmar stakes race to six consecutive meets with My Charming Clyde (Sprint).

MORE HORSES: The road to the Kentucky Derby continues today with the Grade I $1 million Wood Memorial (Race 9, 5:15 p.m.) at Aqueduct in Elmont, N.Y.; the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (Race 6, 5:30) in Arcadia Calif., and the Grade III $500,000 Illinois Derby (Race 9, 6:46) at Hawthorne in Stickney/Cicero. … Oldsmar jockey Scott Spieth collected his 4,000th career victory Friday aboard Ula.

MORE DOGS: Nova kennel All-America selection Hi Noon Renegade has won his past three starts, including career victory No. 50, on March 29.

EASTER SCHEDULE: Derby Lane and Tampa Greyhound Track will be open Sunday for poker and simulcast wagering. The Downs will be closed.

Big day of racing Saturday at Derby Lane, Tampa Bay Downs 04/06/12 [Last modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 11:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. James Wilder Jr. back at running back...in Canada

    Blogs

    Remember when former Plant High star and Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. announced he was switching to linebacker?

    That was short-lived, apparently.

  2. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  3. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  4. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108