Sam F. Davis Stakes

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Sam F. Davis Stakes
Grade III race
Location Tampa Bay Downs
Oldsmar, Florida
Inaugurated 1981
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Sam F. Davis Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held each winter at Tampa Bay Downs racetrack in Oldsmar, Florida. It is open to three-year-olds and is used as a prep race for the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby. In recent years, it has served as an early prep for the Kentucky Derby, producing at least one starter in the Run for the Roses in 10 of the last 11 years. Five winners of the race have gone on to win the Tampa Bay Derby: Phantom Jet (1987), Speedy Cure (1991), Marco Bay (1993), Thundering Storm (1996) and Burning Roma (2001).

In 2009, this race, which headlines Tampa Bay Downs' Festival Preview Day, was awarded Grade III status.[1] It is run at a distance of 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs) on dirt and currently offers a purse of $250,000.

The race was run in two divisions in 1984.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Largest Winning Margin:

Winners of the Sam F. Davis Stakes since 1991[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance (Miles) Time Grade
2017 McCraken 3 Brian Hernandez, Jr. Ian Wilkes Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC 1-1/16 1:42.45 III
2016 Destin 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Twin Creeks Racing Stables 1-1/16 1:43.67 III
2015 Ocean Knight 3 Irad Ortiz Jr. Kiaran McLaughlin Stonestreet Stables 1-1/16 1.43.74 III
2014 Vinceremos 3 Edgar S. Prado Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm/Twin Creeks Racing Stables 1-1/16 1:47.34 III
2013 Falling Sky 3 Jose L. Espinoza John P. Terranova Newtown Anner Stud 1-1/16 1:44.79 III
2012 Battle Hardened 3 Julien Leparoux Eddie Kenneally Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier 1-1/16 1:44.58 III
2011 Brethren 3 Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1-1/16 1:45.07 III
2010 Rule 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1-1/16 1:44.15 III
2009 General Quarters 3 James Lopez Mark L. Miller Thomas R. McCarthy 1-1/16 1:43.54 III
2008 Fierce Wind 3 Cornelio Velasquez Nick Zito Four Roses Thoroughbreds 1-1/16 1:44.13
2007 Any Given Saturday 3 Garrett Gomez Todd A. Pletcher Winstar & Padua 1-1/16 1:44.27
2006 Bluegrass Cat 3 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm 1-1/16 1:44.17
2005 Andromeda's Hero 3 Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1-1/16 1:46.63
2004 Kaufy Mate 3 Ramsey Zimmerman Kirk Ziadie Gregory Kaufman 1-1/16 1:44.60
2003 White Buck 3 Roger Velez Jerry Paradise Olga Paradise 1-1/16 1:45.47
2002 Bunk N Ted 3 Derek Bell Kenny Wirth Real Deal Racing 1-1/16 1:49.86
2001 Burning Roma 3 Juan Umana Heather A. Giglio Harold L. Queen 1-1/16 1:45.20
2000 Go Lib Go 3 Robert C. Landry Kenneth McPeek Raymond Cottrell 1-1/16 1:44.84
1999 San Gennaro 3 Pedro Rodriguez Richard J. Ciardullo, Jr. Richard J. Ciardullo, Sr. 1-1/16 1:45.54
1998 Dabney Carr 3 Kevin Whitley Elizabeth Zemp-Everard My Jolee Stable/Everard 1-1/16 1:46.20
1997 Wilt the Tilt 3 Luis Gonzalez Cyndi Smith Michael Smith 1-1/16 1:46.00
1996 Thundering Storm 3 Jorge Guerra Don R. Rice Deborrah Artz 1-1/16 1:47.60
1995 Akiba 3 Santos Chavez Hubert Hine Scott Savin 1-1/16 1:47.40
1994 Parental Pressure 3 Jack M. Lauzon Fred H. Loschke Hammer Kopf Farm et al. 1-1/16 1:47.40
1993 Marco Bay 3 Ronnie Allen, Jr. Sarah A. Lundy Jay Shaw 1-1/16 1:45.60
1992 Randy 3 Herson Sanchez Angel Rosado Martin Haft 1-1/16 1:46.40
1991 Speedy Cure 3 Ricardo Lopez Harvey Culp Susan B. Fisher 1-1/16 1:47.80

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1990 - Fiery Best
  • 1989 - Papa Leonard
  • 1988 - House Account
  • 1987 - Phantom Jet
  • 1986 - Fellow's Lady
  • 1985 - Tamao's Gray
  • 1984 - Morning Bob
  • 1984 - D. White
  • 1983 - Saverton
  • 1982 - Tampa Bay Buck
  • 1981 - Croziers Ace

See also[edit]

References[edit]