Re: Sam F Davis-- Pedigree Play (463 Views)
Posted by: richiebee
Date: February 08, 2020 06:57AM
The Tampa Bay "Road to the Derby" has not produced many Derby winners, but the
Tampa Bay Derby has produced Tapwrit (Belmont winner) and two Belmont runner
ups, Tacitus (also third in the Derby) and Destin. (Destin's loss in the
Belmont was especially painful for many T-Generates and Rag Men).
The Tampa Bay Derby winner who went on to capture the Roses was Street Sense in
2007.In this year's Sammy Davis, we have a son of Street Sense, Albert Park,
who looks interesting to me, even though he is arguably fourth or fifth fastest
in the race, has never won on dirt and has never raced around two turns. So
what is there to like?
1) 15-1 ML.
2) Trainer Stidham batting .300 at TBD, in the exacta with 50% of his starters.
3) Jockey Morales has good strike rate at current Tampa meet, overall, and has
good success when legged up by Stidham.
4) Bred for long (as Frankie Rainbow might say, check out the Tommy)but has run well in sprints.
5)Had a decent run first time over this track with blinkers added.
6) For those who pay attention to such things, a favorable Thoro-Pattern.
7) 15-1 ML.
On a day where weather will prevent prepping for the TG Open, there are some
bettable races late in the AQ card, some decent stakes at Tampa and an
intriguing leaderboard out west in the ATT at Pebble Beach/Spyglass, so a rare
visit to Living Room Downs seems to be in order.