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Feb 11, 2011

Kentucky Derby hopefuls populate Davis Stakes



Oldsmar, FL (Sports Network) - Three-year-olds being pointed towards the Kentucky Derby have become commonplace at Tampa Bay Downs this time of year. Saturday's 1 1/16-mile $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes will feature several potential Run for the Roses contenders among its field of ten.

The Davis is the first of two important stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The 32nd Tampa Bay Derby will be held on Saturday, March 12. Last year's Run for the Roses winner Super Saver was third in the 1 1/16-mile Derby and in 2007 Street Sense won the race prior to claiming the Kentucky Derby.

Leading the field for Saturday is Brethren, a half-brother to Super Saver. Making just his third career start in the Davis, Brethren will break from the far outside post with Ramon Dominguez riding the colt for the first time.

Owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher; Brethern won both starts as a two-year-old for $67,368.

Coming in off a win in the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct last month is Sagamore Farm's Monzon. The gelding will be ridden by Edgar Prado from post eight.

Trained by Ignacio Correas, Monzon was fifth to Rogue Romance in last October's Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and third in Belmont Park's Gnomes Gold Stakes in late October. The gelding has earnings of $90,144 with three wins in six starts.

Here is the complete field for the Sam F. Davis Stakes in post position order: Reprized Halo, Francisco Maysonett; Adulare, Alex Solis; Washington's Rules, Kent Desormeaux; Too Experience, Daniel Centeno; Watch Me Go, Luis Garcia; Litigate, Jose Valdivia, Jr.; Beamer, Leandro Goncalves; Monzon, Edgar Prado; Ribo Bobo, Daniel Coa and Brethren, Ramon Dominguez.

Post-time for the 31st Sam F. Davis Stakes is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. (et).

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