Tipsheet: 2024 Tampa Bay Derby

March 7th, 2024

A talented field of 10 three-year-olds will go postward in the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G3) on Saturday. The top five finishers of the 1 1/16-mile test will earn qualifying points on a 50-25-15-10-5 basis in the 2024 Road to the Kentucky Derby challenge series event.

Tampa Bay Derby Picks

  • #7 No More Time
  • #5 Domestic Product
  • #8 Crazy Mason
  • #10 Sturdy

Tampa Bay Derby Wagers

Tampa Bay Derby Contenders

#1 HEARTENED: Todd Pletcher pupil was a smart maiden winner on the oval last time out and takes the big class rise from the rail. This Street Boss colt has hit the board in each lifetime run to date, but the colt will need a big step forward to upset this group with Jose Ortiz in the irons. 

#2 EVERDOIT: Gary D gelding came home sixth in the Mucho Macho Man S. two back prior to unseating his pilot in the Sam F. Davis S. (G3) at 127-1 odds most recently. The Florida-bred bay would be a big surprise to me with Antonio Gallardo riding. 

#3 GIVE ME LIBERTY: Robertino Diodoro maiden has run second in a pair of races since being claimed at Oaklawn Park and looks for a breakthrough in the stakes ranks. The Constitution colt has improved with each lifetime appearance and could make the frame with another step forward beneath Pablo Morales. 

#4 GOOD MONEY: Good Magic colt was a smart debut winner while running seven panels on the oval and has upside for sure. The Calumet color bearer looks like the type who will get better as the distances increase, and he’s not without a top-three chance especially with Irad Ortiz, Jr. coming in to ride. 

#5 DOMESTIC PRODUCT: Dark bay son of Practical Joke closed for a clear second in the recent Holy Bull S. (G3) and will be a major contender with any kind of improvement on this day. The Klaravich homebred has posted a trio of solid morning drills leading up to the event and could show more in his second run off the layoff, as well. Tyler Gaffalione retains the mount

#6 CATIRE VIZCAYA: Juan Avila pupil lost by 10 lengths in an allowance tilt on the course in his latest showing and looks to be a bit overmatched at this stage of his development. 

#7 NO MORE TIME: Clear one to beat was very game in a front-running coup in the Sam F. Davis S. (G3) last time out and looms large while making his third run off the shelf for Jose D’Angelo. The Not This Time colt has very good early speed and is proven to be more than capable at the distance. He smoked a bullet half-mile in his latest morning move and will get Javier Castellano in the irons. 

#8 CRAZY MASON: Coal Front colt didn’t show much in the Davis but comes in with blinkers on and might overrun his odds for Greg Sacco. The gray colt lacks consistency, but he is very capable on his best day, and I see him as a good longshot for the gimmicks with expected improvement in this one. Mychel Sanchez stays in the silks. 

#9 GRAND MO THE FIRST: Capable son of Uncle Mo had a nice prep for the contest when third in the Swale S. at Gulfstream Park in his most recent performance. This Kentucky-bred colt has never run a bad race in his lifetime, and the sophomore has a lot of room to move forward while making his second run off the bench, as well. Samy Camacho will be up. 

#10 STURDY: George Weaver charge has improved his Brisnet Speed number with each lifetime run to date and will have no trouble negotiating the distance. The $200,000 son of Mitole concluded 2023 with a runner-up showing behind Domestic Product, and he commenced his three-year-old season with a good third with special weight foes at Gulfstream Park most recently. Junior Alvarado will pilot the late runner.