Entries and J’s Picks for Sam F. Davis Stakes (3) at Tampa Bay

Ten Kentucky Derby qualifying points are at stake on Saturday when eight three-year-old colts and geldings square off in the 2020 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The undefeated Independence Hall is the 6-5 Morning Line favorite.

Race 11. Sam F. Davis Stakes(G3). For three -year-old at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $250,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Ajaaweed  Joel Rosario Kiaran P. McLaughlin 4/1
2 Sole Volante  Luca Panici Patrick L. Biancone 8/1
3 Albert Park  Pablo Morales Michael Stidham 15/1
4 Independence Hall  Jose L. Ortiz Michael J. Trombetta 6/5
5 No Getting Over Me  Samy Camacho Gerald S. Bennett 20/1
6 Premier Star  John R. Velazquez Jorge Navarro 3/1
7 Tiz Rye Time  Julien R. Leparoux Ian R. Wilkes 20/1
8 Chapalu  Daniel Centeno Arnaud Delacour 8/1

Independence Hall is unbeaten and unchallenged in three starts. He  dominated the field in the Nashua Stakes (G3) and won by 4 lenghts in the Jerome Stakes. He has the speed to control the pace in the Sam F. Davis. Independence Hall has not been tested around two turns. He needs to stay engaged in the race. He is the horse to outrun.

Sole Volante won his first two starts on turf, including the Pulpit, and was then third in the Mucho Macho Man.  He likes to stalk the pace and makes a late run at the leaders down the lane. He has a chance to be on the board if the fractions are fast.

Ajaaweed has raced around two turns. He  finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Remsen (G2) on Dec. 7 at Aqueduct. He has lacks tactical speed and does his best running from far off the pace. He should be on the board.

Premier Star has tactical speed. He is undefeated and has won two races going 7 furlongs. He won his debut on Dec. 8. He won an allowance race at Gulfstream, going gate– to- wire.

J’s Top Three Picks:

    • Independence Hall
    • Premier Star
    • Sole Volante

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