Bet on the Sam F. Davis Stakes

Bet on the Sam F. Davis Stakes

Held in early February at Tampa Bay Downs, the $250,000 Sam F. Davis is a stepping stone to the Tampa Bay Derby and ultimately, the Kentucky Derby. Inaugurated in 1981, it is now run at mile and a sixteenth and the race was awarded Grade 3 status for the 2009 edition. The Sam F. Davis is also part of the Kentucky Derby points system and the winner receives ten points towards earning a berth in the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

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Did you know?

Over the course of the history of the Sam F. Davis, trainer Todd Pletcher has been a dominant force to be reckoned with in the race. Pletcher has saddled five of the last ten winners. His streak began in 2006 with Bluegrass Cat and he followed that up the following year with Any Given Saturday. He sent out Rule to win the 2010 edition and returned the next year to win with Brethren. In addition, he had the exacta in the 2014 race with the pair Vinceremos and Harpoon. Todd Pletcher always sends a loaded arsenal of sophomores to Tampa to accumulate points and experience for the Kentucky Derby.

The popular General Quarters, a former claiming horse, was second in two minor stakes races at Tampa early in 2009. He burst onto the Kentucky Derby scene with a stakes-record setting victory in the Sam F. Davis, completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.54. Though he did not do well in the Tampa Bay Derby in his next start, he became a Grade 1 winner immediately after in the Toyota Blue Grass and went on the compete in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.