Category: Tampa Bay Downs

2019 Sam F. Davis Stakes Day Preview

This weekend, the Derby trail visits Tampa Bay Downs — and so does Picks and Ponderings.  We visit in a sense of writing this preview of all four stakes races on Saturday’s card.  But, we also visit in a literal sense.  This half of P&P will be on the ground at Tampa Bay Downs, so make sure to follow... Read more »

2018 Tampa Bay Derby Preview

Picks and Ponderings makes its second road trip of the Chicago off-season, as we’ll be live at Tampa Bay Downs for the meet’s flagship race.  Make sure to follow us (and follow NN) on Twitter for all the news, notes, and updates on race day!  This preview will delve into the day’s feature, and we... Read more »

2018 Sam F. Davis Stakes and Suncoast Stakes Preview

For the first time in a couple years, Picks and Ponderings won’t be at the Sam F. Davis Stakes — our foray south will instead happen a little later this winter, for the Tampa Bay Derby.  However, being in Chicago won’t stop us from previewing Saturday’s pair of sophomore dirt stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, the Sam F.... Read more »
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2017 Sam F. Davis Stakes Day Preview

This weekend, the Derby trail visits Tampa Bay Downs — and so does Picks and Ponderings.  We visit in a sense of writing this preview of all four stakes races on Saturday’s card.  But, we also visit in a literal sense.  This half of P&P will be on the ground at Tampa Bay Downs, so make sure... Read more »

2016 Tampa Bay Derby Preview

This Saturday, Picks and Ponderings goes coast-to-coast.  In addition of this preview of the Tampa Bay Derby (GII), another piece takes a look at the Honeybee (GIII), this weekend’s Kentucky Oaks prep at Oaklawn.  Paul Mazur also goes west for a huge day of racing at Santa Anita — the card features a pair of... Read more »

Illinois-breds Lovely Loyree, Missalaney Face Stakes Company in Tampa

TAMPA  — This Saturday is Festival Preview Day from Tampa Bay Downs at Tampa Bay Downs.  During the stakes portion of the card, two Illinois-breds will get their chance to show their best. Lovely Loyree faces graded stakes company for the first time in tomorrow’s Endeavour Stakes (GIII), a mile and a sixteenth turf race... Read more »
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2016 Sam F. Davis Stakes Day Preview

Most of the time, when we “take a trip” to cover a race outside of the Chicago area, that trip is figurative. Not so, this weekend.  This half of Picks and Ponderings has flown south to Tampa Bay Downs for this weekend’s Sam F. Davis day card. In addition to the Grade III Sam F.... Read more »

2015 Tampa Bay Derby Preview

Saturday marks the 35th running of the Tampa Bay Derby.  The top four finishers from the Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII), the local prep, line up for this race as well.  Between that and the return of runaway Breeders’ Futurity (GI) winner Carpe Diem, the race drew a stiff field.  Only one winner of the... Read more »

2015 Sam F. Davis Day Stakes Preview

For many years, the alpha and omega of wintertime racing in Florida was Gulfstream Park.  Gulfstream still serves as a premier venue, but Tampa Bay Downs upstate has carved itself a nice wintertime niche.  While the everyday cards at Tampa Bay feature convergent claiming and allowance equine puzzles featuring snowbirds gone south (you won’t have... Read more »
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Racing Dudes Challenge 2

Two weeks ago, Racing Dudes offered on its Twitter feed a novel idea for weekends on its site.  They crafted a Sunday challenge with ten races from around the county, and using $2 faux win/place wagers to keep score, planned to put their picks out on public display, with take-on-all-comers policy of opponent selection. I... Read more »