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Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs attracts a strong field

OLDSMAR — Undefeated colts Free Country, Musket Man and Top Seed can make the grade in the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 14 at Tampa Bay Downs.

The Grade III race for 3-year-olds is the featured race on Festival Preview Day. Those horses join A.P. Cardinal, Atomic Rain and General Quarters as probable entries for the 11/16-mile event, racing secretary Allison De Luca said. With the Sam F. Davis graded for the first time in 29 years, Steven Asmussen, Kiaran McLaughlin and Todd Pletcher are among trainers who have nominated horses. "We could have a full (12-horse) field," De Luca said.

"Having the Sam Davis graded helps the race insurmountably, because it attracts horses that are legitimately on the Triple Crown trail," track spokeswoman Margo Flynn said.

The Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares and $75,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3-year-old fillies are on the same card. De Luca said American Border, Cozzi Capital, Stormy West and Zip Trick are likely entries for the Endeavour, a 11/16-mile turf test. In the Suncoast, Ameribelle, Aspetuck Hill, Boom Town Sally, Brinca, Coffee In Bed, Rock Candy, State Treasure and Sweet Repent are probable starters for the 1-mile, 40-yard race. Entries will be drawn Thursday.

More horses: Paradise Dancer makes his 9-year-old debut today in the 7-furlong $75,000 Super Stakes (Race 10, 4:37 p.m.) at TBD. … There are two Kentucky Derby graded preps today: Grade III $200,000 Risen Star Stakes (Race 9, 5:29 p.m.) at Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Grade II $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Race 8, 7:07 p.m.) at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

Greyhounds: Derby Lane kennel Wayne Ward has gotten the most out of younger greyhounds, ranking third among 17 operations in the St. Petersburg track win standings. Wayne Ward entered Friday with 295 wins, trailing McAllister Kennels (330) and Filipelli & O'Donnell (323). Julia Ww Garland, from Mobile, Ala., took charge Wednesday with a Grade A win in his third Derby Lane start.

Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs attracts a strong field 02/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 6:40pm]
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