Tampa Bay Downs
Undefeated War Pass, 2007 Eclipse Award winner for 2-year-old males and No. 1 again in this week's Run to the Roses' Top 10, heads 20 nominations for the Grade III $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 15 in Oldsmar. The 11/16-mile race, one of four stakes on Festival Day, attracted six stakes winners, three in graded events. Sam F. Davis runnerup Big Truck and third-place finisher Smooth Air also were nominated.
In the Grade III $200,000 Florida Oaks, Game Face is one of three graded winners among 14 nominations. Unbeaten Valucluse, winner of the Suncoast Stakes, also was nominated. Game Face was second in the $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes Sunday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Bsharpsonata won by 2 lengths, running 1 mile in 1:37:97 and paying $7.60, $3 and $2.40.
The Grade III $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes has the top three finishers in the Grade III $150,000 Endeavour Breeders' Cup, Dreaming of Anna, Lear's Princess and Meribel, among its 19 nominations. Downs' top sprinter, Lookinforthesecret, and Fort Prado, a converted sprinter and winner of the 2006 Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup, lead 21 nominations in the $75,000 Turf Dash.
Run to the Roses: Pyro, Majestic Warrior and Tale of Ekati, Nos. 2-4, respectively, in the Associated Press' top 10, make their 3-year-old debut Saturday in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
Colonel John debuted at No. 6 after Saturday's half-length win over previously unbeaten El Gato Malo (No. 8) in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Santa Anita: Ten Meropa stormed from eighth and last to win the Grade III $110,050 Baldwin Stakes by 1¼ lengths over favored Sky Cape. The 3-year-old son of 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Johannesburg covered 6½ furlongs over turf in 1:13.09 and paid $27, $10.40 and $5.
Times correspondent Don Jensen and Times wires