OLDSMAR, Fla. (February 8, 2009) Probable contenders for Saturday’s Grade III 1 1/16 miles $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes are posting their final works leading up to the race. On February 7, Musket Man, who captured last month’s Pasco Stakes here, drilled five furlongs in 1:00 flat for trainer Derek Ryan. Atomic Rain also worked yesterday, clocking four furlongs in :49.08 over the Oldsmar oval, while A. P. Cardinal worked 4 furlongs at Palm Meadows in :49.85. Free Country traveled 5 furlongs in 1:02.1 and was ranked 18th of the 30 horses that worked the morning of the seventh at Gulfstream Park.
Top Seed, victor in the Inaugural Stakes on Lambholm South Cotillion Festival Day, worked a half mile in :51.55 over the Tampa Bay Downs main track yesterday. General Quarters, runner up in both the Inaugural and Pasco Stakes here, breezed five furlongs in 1:02, the fourth of 26 horses to work that distance. Medaglia D’Onore put in a bullet work at Tampa today, going 4 furlongs in 48 seconds flat, recovering from a troubled trip in the Pasco Stakes. Obligingly worked at Palm Meadows this morning, going 5 furlongs handily in 1:01.1.
The Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes headlines the Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card at Tampa Bay Downs on February 14. Also included on the day is the Grade III $125,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares four years old and up running 1 1/16 miles on the turf as well as the $75,000 1 mile 40 yards Suncoast Stakes for three-year-old fillies.
Complimenting the Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South program this year is Taste of the Bay, in which local restaurants showcase their signature dishes from 11 AM – 4 PM on the Grandstand apron. Additionally, Tampa Bay Downs and Lambholm South are teaming up for a T-shirt giveaway, free with the first 5,000 paid admissions while supplies last.
Racing resumes Tuesday, February 10 with a ten race card; there is a Pick 6 carryover of $10,467.28. The Silks Poker Room is open daily from 12:30 PM through 12:30 AM, and The Downs Golf Practice Facility is open on Mondays from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM and on Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:30 AM through 10:00 PM.