Meet the Contenders: 2024 Sam F. Davis Stakes

February 8th, 2024

Meet the horses running in the 2024 Sam F. Davis S at Tampa Bay Downs. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your Stable Alerts.

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#1 El Principito                  *

Pro: Perhaps a return to routing will ignite a wake-up.

Con: Well-beaten in five starts since debut victory.

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#2 Tireless                         **

Pro: Barn has won this race a record seven times; graduated over this surface.

Con: Must improve a bit stepping up from the maiden ranks.


Patriot Spirit (Photo by SV Photography)

#3 Patriot Spirit                 **

Pro: Enters off local sprint stakes win, albeit against soft group as odds-on choice.  

Con: Limited experience beyond seven furlongs and not Triple Crown nominated yet.


Crazy Mason (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#4 Crazy Mason                 ***

Pro: Dual stakes-placed colt overcame pedestrian pace to win allowance prep here.

Con: Collateral form suggests a couple others might have an edge over him.


No More Time wins at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Coglianes Photography / Credit to Ryan Thompson)

#5 No More Time              ***

Pro: Barn winning at a 27% clip this meet; solid works of late.

Con: Off slow and failed to settle in stakes debut at Gulfstream.

Agate Road (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#6 Agate Road                   ****

Pro: Established relative class on turf but did narrowly miss over dirt on debut.

Con: Basically, a substitute for stablemate Locked, who’d look stronger here.

Copper Tax (Photo by Hoofprints Inc.)

Copper Tax (Photo by Hoofprints Inc.)

#7 Copper Tax                   ***

Pro: Track profile worked against this dual stakes winner in hot renewal of Remsen (G2).

Con: Might prove more capable around one turn.

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#8 Everdoit                       *

Pro: Surprise maiden winner over this track at a slightly shorter distance.

Con: Class questions after burning out in Mucho Macho Man.

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#9 Change of Command     ***

Pro: Adds blinkers and enters on two-race win streak, including Gulfstream allowance.

Con: Has other speed to contend with and might be overbet here.

West Saratoga (Photo by Coady Photography)

#10 West Saratoga              ***

Pro: The only Derby prep winner in the field, having won the Iroquois (G3).

Con: Distant second in Pasco S., earning modest 74 speed rating.

Tampa Bay Downs Scenic (SV Photography)

#11 Fulmineo                      ****

Pro: Has shown a bit of class on grass but local dirt prep was fine, too.

Con: Finished behind Agate Road in two prior meetings.

Elysian Meadows (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#12 Elysian Meadows          ***

Pro: Earned a pair of stalk-and-pounce wins to kick off his career.

Con: Outside draw is a concern and colt hasn’t yet faced open company.