Million-dollar winner Silver Tree, out of the barn of Bill Mott, will join top Florida-bred runners in Tampa Bay Downs' Florida Cup Day card on Saturday, a series of six $75,000 stakes on turf and dirt.
Silver Tree is the morning-line favorite at 6-5 in The Cherokee River Stable stakes, race 11 on the 12-race card. The career turf runner has seven wins from 25 starts and winnings of $1,069,140.
The 6-year-old graded stakes winner comes to Tampa off a third-place finish in the Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park on March 11. $75,000 The Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore - seven furlongs:
Padua Stables' Electrify, trained by Edward Plesa Jr., heads the field of nine. The 2-1 morning-line favorite was the runner-up in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa and is a winner of $154,300 from just six starts.
As a 2-year-old, Electify won the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile at Calder. Javier Castellano has the mount from post 7.
Put Back the Shu (4-1, post 8), a local entry trained by Lynne Scace, will go for his third straight win in his first try among stakes company. $75,000 Dayton Andrews Dodge Sophomore Turf - about 1 1/16 miles:
Go Between (5-2, post 12), heads the field of 12. The son of Point Given
is a turf specialist who comes off a win in the $100,000 Palm Beach Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park on March 12.
The colt has never finished out of the money in five starts for Mott. Castro will ride.
Speedster Mr. Silver (3-1, post 4), a turf stakes winner at Calder last year, is the top money winner in the field with $133,680. Under Javier Castellano, the Plesa trainee will look for his fourth win in 11 starts.$75,000 The Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies - seven furlongs:
Morning line favorite A Sea Trippi (3-1, post 5) looks to continue her strong 3-year-old campaign for trainer Ronald Spatz.
The runner-up in the $250,000 Sunshine Million Oaks at Gulfstream on Jan. 28 ran fourth in the Forward Gal (gr. II) at Gulfstream on March 5.
The field of 13 likely will be trying to run down Running Lass, winner of $229,480 lifetime. She comes off a romping four-length win in the $50,000 OBS Sprint stakes at Ocala Training Center on March 20. The Farnsworth Farms filly, trained by Angel Salinas, closed her 2-year-old campaign with a third-place finish in the Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa.
Stakes winner Lake Alice (4-1, post 2) was third in the Sunshine Million Oaks, a length back of A Sea Trippi.$75,000 The Ogle and Company Turf Distaff - about 1 1/16 miles on the turf:
Mott's Thetactics Ofdance is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the full field of 12.
Castro will ride Thetactics Ofdance (post 2), who comes to Tampa off a two-month layoff. In a Feb. 3 allowance test, the 5-year-old mare won by 1 ¾ lengths at the distance.
Graded stakes winners Changing World (4-1, post 3) will look to return to form Saturday for trainer Steve Towne. The 6-year-old had two poor efforts at Gulfstream this year. She has five wins in 20 starts and $380,169 in earnings, tops in the field.$75,000 The Hilton Garden Inn Sprint - six furlongs:
Above the Wind, the popular multi-stakes winner at Tampa trained by Ronald Allen, Sr., will go for career win No. 21 as the 3-1 morning-line favorite.
Allen's son, jockey Mike Allen, will ride the 9-year-old Michigan-bred from post 10. Above the Wind came up a length short in a second-place finish in the $40,000 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes in Ocala on March 20.
Richard Averill's Kaufy Machine (4-1, post 3), trained by Tampa Bay Downs' leading trainer Kirk Ziadie, defeated Above the Wind last time. The 4-year-old Montbrook
gelding was purchased for $32,000 at the OBSC April sale of 2-year-olds in training. He has finished in the money in eight career starts.