Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sam F. Davis Stakes Racing Roundup

Gulfstream Park Derby victor Reveron will go to the starting gate today as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the 32nd running of the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.

In five starts, Reveron has never been out of the money. He retains the mount of regular rider jockey Fernando Jara and comes into the race off of three straight wins with Jara in the irons.

Reveron has room to improve in his second start off of the layoff and I look for him to be competitive in today’s race.

Prospective (6-1) was a young colt I liked in the Pasco Stakes and I also look for him to be competitive in today’s race.

Prospective showed nice progression as a 2-year-old until he finished dead last in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs on November 5. If you throw out that race, Prospective now has three wins in five starts, including a 2-length win in the Grey Stakes (G3) and a one-half length win in the Pasco Stakes for trainer Mark Casse.

Prospective also has a decent pedigree.

Malibu Moon, the sire of Prospective, only raced twice until he was retired with a slab fracture. But at stud, Malibu Moon has produced some nice sprint and middle-distance horses such as Life At Ten, Devil May Care, Declan’s Moon and Malibu Mint.

Awesome Again, the damsire of Prospective, was a good middle-distance runner that won the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) and earned classic honors by winning the Queen’s Plate Stakes, one of the most prestigious races in Canada.

State Of Play has not raced for more than three months and in his last race, he finished 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes (G1). Prior that that, State Of Play was undefeated in two starts including a win in the With Anticipation Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course.

I liked State Of Play in the With Anticipation Stakes and thought he had the breeding to be a factor.

His sire,
War Front, also sired Soldat, winner of the 2010 With Anticipation Stakes (G2) and second-place finisher in the 8-furlong Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Stakes (G2), and 8½-furlong Pilgrim Stakes (G3). Soldat went on as a three-year-old to win the 9-furlong Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).

War Front also sired
The Factor, a speedy colt who as a two-year-old won the 7-furlong San Vicente Stakes (G2) and went on as a three-year-old to win the 8½-furlong Rebel Stakes (G2).

Procida, the damsire of State Of Play, was a Group 1 winner of the 7-furlong Prix de la Foret before he was shipped to America where he won the 1984 edition of the
Hollywood Derby (G1) at 8½ -furlongs.

State of Play also has a lot of good influence from the tail-female line which traces back to the fifth dam
Bourtai – a Matriarch of the Turf.

Alluvial, the third dam of State Of Play, is also the dam of 1979 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Coastal and the grand dam Aptitude who finished second in the 2000 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1).

Dancing Detente, the second dam of State Of Play, was an unraced dam of eight winnners. Valeta, the dam of State Of Play, won three races at the age of four and is also the dam of four winners.

Honorable mention goes to Holy Highway, Ecabroni and Neck ‘N Neck who appear to be improving young colts.

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