How to Bet the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs Scenic (SV Photography) After a busy week with the Robert B. Lewis, the Withers and the Holy Bull, things are quiet on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” this weekend outside of the Grade 2 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. The Sam F. Davis Stakes, a prep for next month’s Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, drew a compact, yet solid group of three-year-olds with ten qualifying points going to the victor of the [...]

Looking for an Upset in the Holy Bull Stakes

Enticed (blue silks) winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography/Churchill Downs It’s an oft-stated fact that outside post positions are a disadvantage in 8.5-furlong and 9-furlong races at Gulfstream Park. With a very short run to the first turn, horses drawn outside are in danger of getting hung wide early in the race. That could certainly be the case in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, the first of Gulfstream’s three official [...]

Bolt d’Oro seeks third grade I in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Bolt d'Oro dominates the field for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Photo: Benoit Photos. There’s one major question heading into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday: is Bolt d’Oro for real? The son of Medaglia d’Oro has swept all before him in three starts in California. He won his maiden well, rallied from well back to win the Del Mar Futurity (G1), and produced an outstanding effort to rout his opposition in the FrontRunner Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. [...]

Road to the Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: The Tabulator

The Tabulator wins the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs (Coady Photo/Churchill Downs) The Tabulator wins the Iroquois Stakes The Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby is officially under way, with The Tabulator earning the first 10 points in the series by winning the 1 1/16-mile Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs Sept. 16. The Tabulator, who is trained by Larry Rivelli for owner Carolyn Wilson, sat outside the lead before running clear in the stretch, and his margin [...]