Downey Profile Analysis: Davis is a Don't-Miss Kentucky Derby Prep

By Dick Downey

Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs has long been a traditional prep race for the grade III Tampa Bay Derby, but this year's 26th running holds importance in its own right. No less than Bluegrass Cat and Hesanoldsalt ship up from South Florida to test the waters against 10 others, many of whom are worthy foes.

Our top selection is prominent on the Triple Crown Trail, and there's ample reason to think he's well-prepared for his sophomore debut at the 1 1/16-mile distance going two turns, a configuration that's not available down at Gulfstream Park.