Originally, McCraken was supposed to headline the 2017 Tampa Bay Derby but he is dealing with what people are calling a “minor injury”. As such, the odds for this Kentucky Derby prep race have been blown wide open. There are six viable contenders who will attempt to assert themselves amongst their three-year-old colleagues.
The official favorite on the morning line is Tapwrit, a son of Tapit who lost to McCraken in the 2017 Sam F. Davis Stakes. He is a very interesting prospect who is working with Todd Pletcher. Known as a late charging runner, Tapwrit could definitely tip the scales in his favor at the 2017 Tampa Bay Derby on a fast track.
There are several horses who will return to Tampa Bay Downs after the Sam F. Davis. Most noted in the field is Wild Shot who looked strong on the inside before falling to fourth in the aforementioned race. He is a front running specialist who needs to prove that he can close a race before you invest fully in him. Wild Shot is 5/1 to win the 2017 Tampa Bay Derby.
State of Honor will also try to defeat Tapwrit after finishing 3rd in the Sam F. Davis. He boasts 4/1 odds as the second choice. Also in the running is No Dozing, a 6/1 outside shot who fell to 6th at the Sam F. Davis. To shed light on what 6/1 odds look like in this race, consider that Sonic Mule has similar odds but fell to 3rd at the Swale Stakes recently.
Beasley is the great unknown in the 2017 Tampa Bay Derby. This will be his stakes debut but everything coming out of his camp is overtly positive. If you’re looking for a dark horse play in a wide open race, then this is your colt.
Rounding out the field are Tale of Silence, The Money Monster, Basha and Zion Valley.
2017 Tampa Bay Derby – Saturday, March 11th at Tampa Bay Down
1 1/16th Miles – Three Year Olds – $350,000
|1||Tale of Silence (KY)||Paco Lopez||116||Barclay Tagg||15/1|
|2||The Money Monster (KY)||Joel Rosario||116||William I. Mott||15/1|
|3||Basha (KY)||Emisael Jaramillo||116||Gilberto Zerpa||12/1|
|4||No Dozing (KY)||Daniel Centeno||116||Arnaud Delacour||6/1|
|5||Tapwrit (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||116||Todd A. Pletcher||3/1|
|6||Beasley (KY)||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||116||Mark A. Hennig||9/2|
|7||Sonic Mule (KY)||John R. Velazquez||118||Todd A. Pletcher||6/1|
|8||State of Honor (ON)||Julien R. Leparoux||116||Mark E. Casse||4/1|
|9||Wild Shot (KY)||Robby Albarado||116||George R. Arnold, II||5/1|
|10||Zion Valley (NY)||Huber Villa-Gomez||116||Kevin Rice||50/1|