Today promises to present a plethora of betting action at the Downs. Festival Preview Day features a program of a dozen races, highlighted by the Grade 3 $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes.
Here are my bets for the Stakes events.
Race 8 $175,000 Grade 3 Endevour Stakes
Older Fillies & Mares, One mile and one-sixteenth, Turf
GOT STORMY (7) is probably the best turf racing Mare in America.
THE BET $25 to win on GOT STORMY (7) and $5 exactas with ALTHEA (2) ALDINA DEL SUR (4) and PHANTOM OPENING (8). 7/ 2,4,8. Total Bet $40.
RACE 9 $150,000 Suncoast Stakes, Three year-old Fillies, One mile and forty yards.
COMICAL (5) gets class relief after facing Graded Stakes foes in her last 5 outings. Runs well fresh, Rosario rides for Asmussen.
THE BET $20 to win on COMICAL (5) and a $2 exacta box with MOTU (4) and BLAME DEBBY (7). 4,5,7. Total Bet $32
RACE 10 $175,000 Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes, Four year-old and upward. One mile and one-sixteenth, Turf.
CARIBOU CLUB (4), is multiple Graded Stakes winner on the lawn. Has been training in Oldsmar since January 3, four local works. Very sharp now, Jose Ortiz rides for Tom Proctor.
THE BET $20 to win on CARIBOU CLUB (4) and a $2 exacta box with MARCH TO THE ARCH (1) and REAL STORY (8). 1,4,8 Total Bet $32.
Race 11 $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes
Three year-old, One mile and one-sixteenth
INDEPENDENCE HALL (4) is the one to beat as he seeks to extend his perfect 3 for 3 record. A repeat of his effort in the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes last November at Aquaduct, will win here.
THE BET $20 to win on INDEPENDENCE HALL (4) and a $2 exacta box with CHAPALU (8) and AJAAWEED (1). 1,4,8. Total Bet $32