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Sam F. Davis Stakes

Grade III race
Sam F. Davis Stakes
Location Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa, Florida
Inaugurated 1981
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $225,000

The Sam F. Davis Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in mid February at Tampa Bay Downs racetrack in Tampa, Florida. It is open to three-year olds and is used as a prep race for the Tampa Bay Derby. In recent years it has begun being used as an early prep for the Kentucky Derby. Four winners of the race have gone on to win the Tampa Bay Derby: Phantom Jet (1987), Speedy Cure (1991), Marco Bay (1993) and Thundering Storm (1996).

In 2009, this race was given a Grade III status.[1]. It is run at a distance of 1 1/16th miles (8.5 furlongs) on dirt and currently offers a purse of $225,000.

The race was run in two divisions in 1984.



Speed record:

  • 1:44.13 - Fierce Wind (2008)

Largest Winning Margin:

  • 6 ¾ lengths - San Gennaro (1999)

Winners of the Sam F. Davis Stakes since 1991






2010 Rule John Velazquez Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1:44.15
2009 General Quarters J. Lopez Mark L. Miller Thomas R. McCarthy 1:43.54
2008 Fierce Wind Cornelio Velasquez Nick Zito Four Roses Thoroughbreds 1:44.13
2007 Any Given Saturday Garrett Gomez Todd A. Pletcher Winstar & Padua 1:44.27
2006 Bluegrass Cat John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm 1:44.17
2005 Andromeda's Hero Rafael Bejarano Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1:46.63
2004 Kaufy Mate Ramsey Zimmerman Kirk Ziadie Gregory Kaufman 1:44.60
2003 White Buck Roger Velez Jerry Paradise Olga Paradise 1:45.47
2002 Bunk N Ted Derek Bell Kenny Wirth Real Deal Racing 1:49.86
2001 Burning Roma Juan Umana Heather A. Giglio Harold L. Queen 1:45.20
2000 Go Lib Go Robert C. Landry Kenneth McPeek Raymond Cottrell 1:44.84
1999 San Gennaro Pedro Rodriguez Richard J. Ciardullo, Jr. Richard J. Ciardullo, Sr. 1:45.54
1998 Dabney Carr Kevin Whitley E. Zemp-Everard My Jolee Stable/Everard 1:46.20
1997 Wilt the Tilt Luis Gonzalez Cyndi Smith Michael Smith 1:46.00
1996 Thundering Storm Jorge Guerra Don R. Rice Deborrah Artz 1:47.60
1995 Akiba Santos Chavez Hubert Hine Scott Savin 1:47.40
1994 Parental Pressure Jack M. Lauzon Fred H. Loschke Hammer Kopf Farm et al. 1:47.40
1993 Marco Bay Ronnie Allen, Jr. Sarah A. Lundy Jay Shaw 1:45.60
1992 Randy Herson Sanchez Angel Rosado Martin Haft 1:46.40
1991 Speedy Cure Ricardo Lopez Harvey Culp Susan Fisher 1:47.80

Earlier winners

  • 1990 - Fiery Best
  • 1989 - Papa Leonard
  • 1988 - House Account
  • 1987 - Phantom Jet
  • 1986 - Fellow's Lady
  • 1985 - Tamao's Gray
  • 1984 - Morning Bob
  • 1984 - D. White
  • 1983 - Saverton
  • 1982 - Tampa Bay Buck
  • 1981 - Croziers Ace



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