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2006 Sam F. Davis Stakes Results

Date: 02/19/2006

Bluegrass Cat
The tour of Triple Crown prep races arrived at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, as a field of ten 3-year-olds went to post in the $125,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Not usually a stop for major Triple Crown competitors, this year was different with an excellent group of sophomores entered. Nashua and Remsen Stakes winner Bluegrass Cat was sent off as the 7-10 favorite in this 1 1/16 mile event on the main track, with Pasco Stakes winner R Loyal Man the 6-1 second choice. A crowd of 6,544 was on hand for the track's 80th anniversary celebrations, setting a new record handle of $7 million for the 12-race card.

In the Sam F. Davis, 10-1 shot Laptop Computer battled for the lead with 63-1 longshot Deputy Glitters through fractions of 23.86, 47.88, and 1:12.68, while the favorite sat just in behind them in third. Rounding the far turn, Laptop Computer succumbed to the quick pace and fell out of contention, but jockey John Velazquez was taking the turn three-wide aboard Bluegrass Cat. With a furlong to go, Bluegrass Cat gained a short lead over Deputy Glitters, then edged clear to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:44.17. It was 4 1/4 lengths back to R Loyal Man in third.
Results Chart

Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "I was in a comfortable position. He rated perfectly. He has done everything we have asked him to do so far."

Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "He was a fresh horse and ran exactly the way we wanted him to. Our intention is to return for the Tampa Bay Derby. Our objective today was for him to run a good race without overdoing it and get him used to the track to bring him back here for the next one. But we also wanted to come in and win, and we were hoping his quality would carry him through even if he wasn't quite 100% fit for this race. He's already won the Remsen at 1 1/8 miles and is definitely the most accomplished of all the 3-year-olds we have nominated for the Derby. He's certainly at the top of our list right now and maybe at the top of everybody's."

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