Tampa Bay Derby Entries
Tampa Bay Derby Picks & Predictions
By Brent Sedo
In what is expected to be a wide-open affair, 10 runners have been entered in the Tampa Bay Derby, with six of those in single-digit odds.
Among those is Wild Shot (5-1), who has finished in the money in three consecutive graded-stakes starts, where he faced the likes of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Classic Empire, and early-season Kentucky Derby contender McCraken.
The ony real blemish on his five-race record was his first start of 2017, when he finished fourth in the (G3) Sam F. Davis Stakes on the Tampa Bay dirt, a race where he was able to briefly grab the lead despite having to race three and four spots wide, before tiring late in the lane.
Several of the Sam F. Davis runners are back to face each other in this one, including second-place finisher Tapwrit. He is the Tampa Bay Derby morning line favorite at 3-1.
One of two in the field for trainer Todd Pletcher, he scored a minor stakes win at Gulfstream two starts back, and then ran off the pace before making a late bid to just get up at the wire for the Place position in the Sam F. Davis.
The other Pletcher colt in the field, Sonic Mule (6-1), is one of the more experienced runners. He has eight starts to his name, with four wins, including a pair of stakes wins at Gulfstream. Last out he ran third in the (G2) Swale Stakes, finishing just behind Three Rules, who has since gone on to run third in the (G2) Fountain of Youth.
The pacesetter in the Sam F. Davis was the Mark Casse trainee State of Honor (4-1), an Ontario-bred who started his career with mixed results up at Woodbine, but has shown a lot of improvement in his last four races, managing to get in the money in his last four starts, with one win.
Expect him to go to the front again in the Tampa Bay Derby, and a repeat of his last effort should be enough to keep him around to pick up a piece.
The Tampa Bay Derby goes Saturday, March 11 from Tampa Bay Downs. Post time is 5:27 PM Eastern.
Entries w/ML Odds
1) Tale Of Silence (15-1)
2) The Money Monster (15-1)
3) Basha (12-1)
4) No Dozing (6-1)
5) Tapwrit (3-1)
6) Beasley (9-2)
7) Sonic Mule (6-1)
8) State Of Honor (4-1)
9) Wild Shot (5-1)
10) Zion Valley (50-1)
#1 – Wild Shot
#2 – Tapwrit
#3 – Sonic Mule
#4 – State Of Honor
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