Gunnevera looms large in Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby, the centerpiece event at the Gulfstream championship meet, takes place this Saturday. A field of 11 colts (10 if you count the likely defection of BATTALION RUNNER), led by Fountain of Youth winner GUNNEVERA, look for their share of 170 Kentucky Derby points, with 100 awarded to the winner….

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…

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…