McCraken remained undefeated with an impressive victory in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, picking up 10 points and moving up to third in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 20.
The Ian Wilkes trainee was making his first start since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) on Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.
The son of Ghostzapper is now undefeated in four career starts and his early wagering price for the Kentucky Debry has dropped to 4-1 at US Racing.
The colt was sent off as the 3-2 betting favorite in a field of nine in the Sam F. Davis. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. had the colt racing near the pack of the pack early, came with a four-wide run and pulled away smartly in the stretch to win by 1 ½ lengths.
“He puts a lot of confidence in you, that’s for sure,” Hernandez Jr. said. “You’ve just got to go with it and ride him with confidence. I asked him at about the half-mile pole and he hesitated a bit, but I think that was his way of telling me ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to get the job done.”
Sam F. Davis Replay:
The Todd Pletcher trained Tapwrit rallied late for the runner up spot, picking up four Derby points and completing a $2 exacta given out by our handicapper Michael Dempsey that paid $41.60. Turf ‘n’ Sport readers also hit the trifecta which returned $126.40 for $1.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion remained atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 32. The colt made his three-year-old debut in the Holy Bull (G3) on Feb. 4 where he checked in third. His current early Kentucky Derby betting odds at US Racing stand at 5-2.
The next Derby points races comes up at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. The $200,000 El Camino Real (G3) will offer up 10-4-2-1 points toward entry into the Run for the Roses.
Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings as of Feb 12 :
|Rank||Horse||Trainer||Points||Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings|
|1||Classic Empire||Mark Casse||32||$1,493,820|
|2||El Areeb||Cathal Lynch||20||$300,000|
|6||Practical Joke||Chad Brown||14||$690,000|
|8||Lookin at Lee||Steve Asmussen||10||$275,600|
|9||Irish War Cry||Graham Motion||10||$272,660|
|11||Mo Town||Tony Dutrow||10||$180,000|
|12||Guest Suite||Neil Howard||10||128,040|
|13||Royal Mo||John Shirreffs||10||$90,000|
|15||Wild Shot||Rusty Arnold II||7||$97,200|
|16||True Timber||Kiaran McLaughlin||6||$65,000|
|17||No Dozing||Arnaud Delacour||5||$89,000|
|18||Bonus Points||Todd Pletcher||5||$52,500|
|20||Hot Sean||Bob Baffert||4||$180,000|
|26||American Anthem||Bob Baffert||4||$20,000|
|27||J Boys Echo||Dale Romans||3||$75,000|
|28||Warrior’s Club||D. Wayne Lukas||3||$26,100|
|29||Recruiting Ready||Horacio DePaz||2||$43,750|
|30||State of Honor||Mark Casse||2||$49,564|
|31||Rowdy the Warrior||Donnie Von Hemel||2||$33,100|
|33||Win With Pride||Todd Pletcher||2||$22,500|
|35||Sheer Flattery||Jerry Hollendorfer||2||$18,000|
|36||Big Hit||Phil D’Amato||2||$12,000|
|37||Term of Art||Doug O’Neill||1||$71,000|
|38||Midnight Pleasure||Craig Dollase||1||$54,000|
|39||Talk Logistics||Eddie Plesa Jr.||1||$41,100|
|40||Big Gray Rocket||Bob Baffert||1||$25,000|
|41||Bobby Abu Dhabi||Peter Miller||1||$18,000|
|Japan Road to Derby
|1||Mont Saint Legame (JPN)||Koji Maki||40||$90,154|
|2||Caucus (JPN)||Hideaki Fujiwara||16||$35,850|
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