Sam F. Davis Stakes

  • Location: Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa Bay, FL
  • Inaugural Race: 1981
  • Current Distance: 1 1/16 miles
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 3
  • 2021 Purse: $250,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, February 6th

 

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The Sam F. Davis Stakes is typically run in February at Tampa Bay Downs. The Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-race is one of two Kentucky Derby preps held at the Florida track and awards a point spread of 10-4-2-1 to the top finishers.


2020 Sam F. Davis Stakes Entries and Results

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JOCKEY
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2
Sole Volante
Luca Panici
Patrick L. Biancone
$13.60
$4.40
$2.60
4
Independence Hall
Jose L. Ortiz
Michael J. Trombetta
$2.60
$2.10
1
Ajaaweed
Joel Rosario
Kiaran P. McLaughlin
$2.40
7
Tiz Rye Time
Julien R. Leparoux
Ian R. Wilkes
5
No Getting Over Me
Samy Camacho
Gerald S. Bennett
6
Premier Star
John R. Velazquez
Jorge Navarro
8
Chapalu
Daniel Centeno
Arnaud Delacour

 

Exotic Payoffs:

$2 Exacta (2-4) $28.40
$2 Trifecta (2-4-1) $61.80
$2 Superfecta (2-4-1-7) $523.00

Watch the 2020 Sam F. Davis Stakes


History of the Sam F. Davis Stakes

First run in 1981, the Sam F. Davis Stakes has attracted better quality fields as the years have gone by. It was upgraded to grade three status in 2009, and since 2017 it has been part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. The first four finishers are granted points on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

Among the winners of the Sam F. Davis Stakes that helped it improve its status were Bluegrass Cat (subsequently runner-up in the Kentucky Derby), grade one winner Any Given Saturday, and Belmont Stakes runner-up Destin.

The Sam F. Davis Stakes is also an important lead-up to the Tampa Bay Derby, held a few weeks later. Destin was the last to complete the double in 2016; others to do so were Phantom Jet (1987), Speedy Cure (1991), Marco Bay (1993), Thundering Storm (1996) and Burning Roma (2001).


Previous Winners of the Sam F. Davis

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2020
Sole Volante
Luca Panici
Patrick L. Biancone
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Biancone, Andie and Limelight Stables Corp.
2019
Well Defined
Pablo Morales
Kathleen O'Connell
Stonehedge LLC
2018
Flameaway
Jose Lezcano
Mark E. Casse
John C. Oxley
2017
McCraken
Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Ian R. Wilkes
Whitham Thoroughbreds, LLC
2016
Destin
John Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
Twin Creeks Racing Stables
2015
Ocean Knight
Irad Ortiz Jr.
Kiaran McLaughlin
Stonestreet Stables
2014
Vinceremos
Edgar S. Prado
Todd Pletcher
WinStar Farm/Twin Creeks Racing Stables
2013
Falling Sky
Jose L. Espinoza
John P. Terranova
Newtown Anner Stud
2012
Battle Hardened
Julien Leparoux
Eddie Kenneally
Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier
2011
Brethren
Ramon Dominguez
Todd Pletcher
WinStar Farm

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