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Tampa Bay Derby

Date: March 07, 15
Purse: $350,000
Grade: III
Type: Thoroughbred
Distance: 8.5 Furlongs
Age: 3 Year Olds
Sex: Both
Turf: Dirt

Tampa Bay Downs
11225 Racetrack Road
Tampa, Florida, 33626


Unbeaten Verrazano is the star attraction in the 33 rd edition of the Tampa Bay Derby despite presence of five stakes winners among the nine entries. All will be vying for a share of the 350,000 purse plus the 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying points awarded to the top four finishers, respectively. Verrazano has been nothing short of spectacular in winning his two starts by a combined 24 lengths. The 104 BRIS Speed Rating Todd Pletcher s charge earned in a 1m Gulfstream Park allowance race last month is the only triple digit figure from any of this bunch. Falling Sky won the local prep, the G3 Sam F. Davis S., for this race and sports a bullet work in preparation for his return from his South Florida base at Palm Meadows. Dynamic Sky came up a neck short in the Sam Davis and previously took the Pasco S. over this surface to begin his sophomore campaign. Undefeated Purple Egg is the local hope and also has a stakes victory here, having won the Inaugural S. on 12/1 to end his juvenile season. The gelding has been sidetracked with a number of issues since and must overcome the lengthy layoff in his two-turn debut. G2 Hutcheson S. champ Honorable Dillion will also be routing for the 1 st time, but the son of Tapit should be able to handle this distance. He s never been off-the-board in four starts. Grassy Sunday Silence S. hero Java s War gets another chance on dirt after closing out his two-year-old campaign with a 6 th -place finish in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club S. at Churchill Downs. Marylou Whitney s homebred Eton Blue was a distant 2 nd in Verrazano s allowance score but was flattered when the 3 rd -place runner from that returned to take a strong allowance optional claiming event at Gulfstream on 3/2. By Giant s Causeway out of Kentucky Oaks heroine Bird Town, he s bred to run all day. Park City is another unbeaten entrant making his two-turn debut. A stablemate of Verrazano, he could be scratched in favor of the G2 Rebel S. at Oaklawn Park next week. Calder invader Offlee Fast has outrun his long odds in each of his last two and made a spectacular pre-race appearance before winning a Gulfstream maiden turf race on 1/26. He followed that up with a narrow miss to Capo Bastone in the slop there.
Tampa Bay Derby has gained wide popularity over the past few years. Horsemen use this thoroughbred-racing meet as the preparatory ground for the Kentucky Derby. Tampa Bay Downs organizes this grade III racing meet generally in March for three year olds willing to run eight and a half furlongs on the dirt track.

Street Sense clinched the Tampa Bay Derby posting a record time of 1 43.11 by .02 seconds. Deputy Glitters won the title in 2006 while Sun King got it in 2005. Limehouse won the 2004 title and Region of Merit won it in 2003. Musket Man won the 2009 title.

Tampa Bay Derby Past Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Owner Time
2012 Prospective Mark Casse Luis Contreras John Oxley 1:43.35
2011 Watch Me Go Kathleen O'Connell Luis Garcia Gilbert G. Campbell 1:44.25
2010 Odysseus Thomas Albertrani Rajiv Maragh Padua Stables 1:44.31
2009 Musket Man Derek Ryan Daniel Centeno Eric Fein/Vic Carlson 1:43.67
2008 Big Truck Barclay Tagg Eibar Coa Eric Fein 1:44.25
2007 Street Sense Carl Nafzger Calvin Borel James B. Tafel 1:43.11
2006 Deputy Glitters Tom Albertrani Jose Lezcano Joseph Lacombe Stable 1:44.26
2005 Sun King Nick Zito Edgar Prado Tracy Farmer 1:43.98
2004 Limehouse Todd A. Pletcher Pat Day Dogwood Stable 1:43.99
2003 Region of Merit Christophe Clement Eibar Coa Calumet Farm 1:44.61
2002 Equality H. Graham Motion Ramon Dominguez Pin Oak Farm 1:43.66
2001 Burning Roma Heather A. Giglio Richard Migliore Harold L. Queen 1:44.30
2000 Wheelaway John C. Kimmel Richard Migliore C. Kimmel / P. Solondz 1:43.90
1999 Pineaff Kenneth McPeek Jose A. Santos Roy & Joyce Monroe 1:45.20
1998 Parade Ground Neil J. Howard Pat Day W. S. Farish / S. Hilbert 1:45.40
1997 Zede William I. Mott Jerry D. Bailey Allen E. Paulson 1:44.80
1996 Thundering Storm Don R. Rice Jorge Guerra Deborrah Artz 1:43.80
1995 Gazook J. Bert Sonnier Gary Boulanger Du-Zee Stables 1:45.40
1994 Prix de Crouton Loren Berg Mickey Walls Loren & Kathleen Berg 1:46.60
1993 Marco Bay Sarah Lundy Ron Allen, Jr. Jay Shaw 1:44.40
1992 Careful Gesture Elbert Dixon Robert N. Lester Cecilia Dixon 1:45.80
1991 Speedy Cure Harvey Culp Ricardo Lopez Susan B. Fisher 1:46.20
1990 Champagneforashley Howard M. Tesher Jacinto Vasquez Baker/Kaskel/Feinbloom 1:44.00
1989 Storm Predictions Luis Olivares S. Gaffalion Three G Stables 1:43.80
1988 Cefis Woody Stephens Eddie Maple Ryehill Farm/ R. Kirkhar 1:44.40
1987 Phantom Jet Phillip Gleaves Keith K. Allen Aisco Stables 1:43.80
1986 My Prince Charming Newcomb Green Craig Perret Aronow Stable 1:46.60
1985 Regal Remark James E. Day Jeffrey Fell Sam-Son Farm 1:46.80
1984 Bold Southerner P. Maxwell W. Crews Rusticwoods Farm 1:44.60
1983 Morganmorganmorgan A. Monteiro W. Rodriguez M. Bishop 1:47.20
1982 Reinvested Stanley M. Hough Richard D. Luhr Harbor View Farm 1:45.20
1981 Paristo David George Handy David Ashcroft Belmont Farm 1:45.40

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