Meet the Contenders: 2024 Tampa Bay Derby

March 7th, 2024

Meet the horses running in the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, FL. 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.

wins at Tampa Bay Downs (Photo by SV Photography)

#1 Heartened                    ***

Pro: Won well over this track for six-time Tampa Bay Derby (G3)-winning barn.

Con: Has beaten only modest group of maidens, thus lacks back class.

Tampa Bay Downs Scenic (SV Photography)

#2 Everdoit                       *

Pro: Didn’t get to show what he had in Sam F. Davis (G3) after losing rider at the start.

Con: Sent off at 127-1 in the Davis for a reason and this is a deeper spot.

Tampa Bay Downs Scenic (SV Photography)

#3 Give Me Liberty             **

Pro: Runner-up twice at Oaklawn, including to Rebel (G2)-placed Common Defense.  

Con: One of two maidens in the field, thus must take significant step up.

Good Money wins at Tampa Bay Downs (Photo by SV Photography)

#4 Good Money                 ***

Pro: Captured debut over this track and top-level connections show confidence entering him.

Con: Relative inexperience will make this a sterner test.

Domestic Product (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#5 Domestic Product         *****

Pro: Pace worked against him in Holy Bull (G2), but a solid try off disappointing Remsen (G2).

Con: Form suggests he might be more effective over a slightly longer distance.

Catire Vicaya wins at Saratoga (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#6 Catire Vizcaya               *

Pro: On his best day could keep No More Time honest in the early stages.

Con: Enters off two nondescript efforts against softer.

No More Time winning the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs (Photo by SV Photography)

No More Time winning the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs (Photo by SV Photography)

#7 No More Time              ****

Pro: Won well after setting strong pace in Sam F. Davis; potential repeater.

Con: Davis wasn’t one of the stronger preps this winter; can’t afford a slow start.

Crazy Mason (Photo by Coglianese Photography)

#8 Crazy Mason                 **

Pro: Overcame adversity in local win two back and gets blinkers back.

Con: Dull performance in Sam F. Davis doesn’t bode well for this tougher assignment.

Grand Mo the First (Photo by Coglianese Photos/Lauren King)

#9 Grand Mo the First        ***

Pro: Dual stakes-placed colt makes only second two-turn appearance; might improve.

Con: Both wins to date were over a synthetic surface.

Tampa Bay Downs Scenic (SV Photography)

#10 Sturdy                          ***

Pro: Decent second to Domestic Product two back and likely to improve off season debut.

Con: Has faced better but still a maiden after three starts.