Oldsmar, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – A field of 12 3-year-olds has been entered
for Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, the final
local prep for the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 7.
Starting from the rail post in the 1 1/16-mile race will be stakes-winning
colt Catalina Red with Daniel Centeno again riding. The chestnut colt will be
making his 3-year-old debut for owner Anthony A. Lenci and trainer Chad
Catalina Red has won his last two starts, both stakes at Tampa Bay, after
failing to find the winner’s circle in his first three starts. He won the
$100,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay by 7 1/4 lengths on Dec. 6 and three
weeks later took the $100,000 Pasco as the 3-5 favorite and set a track record
for seven furlongs in 1:21.40.
“He came out of the Pasco in good shape, and he’s ready to go,” said Stewart.
“He is just a very smart horse. He stays relaxed, he doesn’t show a lot of
emotion and he likes his job.”
Catalina Red comes into Saturday with earnings of $74,680.
Stewart will also saddle Bandages in the Davis with Ron Allen Jr. riding from
“(The Sam F. Davis) is going to be a huge step up for Bandages, but he acts
like he wants to go two turns,” Stewart said.
Bandages, owned by World Thoroughbred Racing, opened his career on Dec. 6 at
Tampa Bay with a third and three weeks later at the track won for the first
time as the 13-10 favorite.
Here is the field for the Sam. F. Davis from the rail out: Catalina Red,
Daniel Centeno; Royal Son, John Velazquez; Ami’s Flatter, Luis Contreras;
Crittenden, Fernando De La Cruz; Divining Rod, Luis Garcia; Bandages, Ron
Allen Jr.; Brother Bobo, Gabriel Saez; G Five, Rajiv Maragh; My Johnny Be
Good, Antonio Gallardo; Coomer, Julien Leparoux; Ocean Knight, Irad Ortiz Jr.
and Bears Personality, Edgar Prado.
The Sam F. Davis has an approximate post time of 5:20 p.m. ET. The race has
produced at least one Kentucky Derby starter in 10 of the last 11 years.