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Thirty-one horses nominated for Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs

Thirty-one horses, including Grade III Sam F. Davis winner General Quarters, were nominated for the Grade III $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 14 at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. The 11/16-mile race for 3-year-olds is the featured event on Festival Day.

The Grade III $200,000 Florida Oaks for 3-year-old fillies going 11/16 miles attracted 22 nominations, led by Grade III winner C.S. Silk.

The Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes for fillies and mares 4 years and older on the 11/8-mile turf course has 32 nominations, including Grade I winners Backseat Rhythm and Rutherienne. Entries will be drawn March 12.

Leading trainer Jamie Ness tied a Downs record Sunday, saddling four winners: Regwell, Old City Bar, Muddy Gator and Madonna Blue. Kathleen O'Connell is the only other trainer with four wins on a card.

More thoroughbreds: Justwhistledixie won her fourth straight race and third successive stakes, running 1 mile in 1:37.67 in the $150,000 Grade II Davona Dale for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach. Longshot Casanova Move was second and favored Frolic's Dream faded to third.

Greyhounds: Craigie Mr Venus of Lester Raines and Flyin Home Depot of McAllister share the lead with 42 points apiece after three rounds of the $85,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Tmc's Trail Boss has 38, followed by Flying Mancini (32), Flying Regent, Lamorge Red Fish and Born To Dream (28) and Julia Ww Garland (25). The top eight dogs Wednesday advance to Saturday night's 550-yard final.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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