Catholic Boy should be convincing winner of Sam F. Davis

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the local stepping stone to the Tampa Bay Derby, is the Saturday feature at Tampa Bay Downs. A field of seven Kentucky Derby aspirants will assemble for this 1 1/16th-mile heat. Post time for the Sam F. Davis, the 10th of 12 races on the card, is…

McCraken, Tapwrit to battle in the Blue Grass

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes is the feature on the opening Saturday of the Keeneland spring meet. Seven Kentucky Derby hopefuls will line up in pursuit of valuable points toward the big race, with 100 to be awarded to the winner. Undefeated MCCRACKEN is among the entrants for the 1 1/8th-mile race,…

Tampa Bay Derby analysis, jockey selections

The Grade II, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby puts three-year-olds in the spotlight at Tampa Bay Downs this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of 10 looking for points toward the Kentucky Derby. Fifty points go to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to third and five to fourth. The race features four…

Weekly jockey review, 2/15/17; victorious Velazquez

Time to take a look back at the week in racing and focus on the jockey performances that stood out. This information could be vital toward success in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game, so read carefully! Aqueduct Manny Franco, leading all riders in mounts (135) at “The Big A,” visited the winner’s circle eight times…

McCraken makes seasonal debut in Sam F. Davis

The Sam F. Davis Stakes, the local prep for the Tampa Bay Derby, is the Saturday feature at Tampa Bay Downs. It’s a Grade III, 1 1/16th-mile event worth $250,000 to Kentucky Derby-minded three-year-olds. Undefeated MCCRAKEN leads a field of nine in pursuit of valuable Derby points (10 to the winner down to one for…