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

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
WIN
PLACE
SHOW
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

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
WIN
PLACE
SHOW
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

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