Tapwrit Heads Field of 10
By Dick Downey
Four of the top six finishers in the Sam F. Davis Stakes return to action in Tampa in the Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday, all of them seeking a better placing.
After finishing a closing second in the Davis, a length and a half behind McCraken, and with McCracken missing the Tampa Bay Derby, Tapwrit has inherited favoritism on the morning line at 3-1. Jose Ortiz again will ride the Todd Pletcher trainee.
State of Honor set the pace in the Davis and returns in the Tampa Bay Derby with
Julien Leparoux back in the saddle for trainer Mark Casse. State of Honor stayed on for third place in the Davis and will try to extend the effort this time out. He was beaten only 2 1/2 lengths last time, and the Tampa Bay Derby is same distance as the 1 1/16-mile Davis.
Under Robby Albarado, Wild Shot made a good-looking wide run at the leaders on the far turn of the Davis, but he could not sustain it and checked in fourth. Albarado also stays with his mount, trained by Rusty Arnold.
As does Daniel Centeno on No Dozing, who finished a disappointing sixth in the Davis for trainer Arnaud Delacour.
Connections are regrouping with Fact Finding, who was fifth in the Davis.
Beasley invades from South Florida for Mark Hennig after being scratched from last Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes and putting in a sharp workout that day. Irad Ortiz, Jr. hopes to have something to say about the outcome to his brother Jose.
Beasley is the third choice on the morning one at 9-2.
Tale of Silence, a Barclay Tagg trainee, will break from post 1 with Paco Lopez aboard. He's a second-outing maiden winner that went on to finish sixth in the Remsen Stakes last November. Most recently he was a distant second to Malagacy in an allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park. He's 15-1.
Next to that one in post 2 is The Money Monster, trained by Bill Mott and to be ridden by Joel Rosario. He's also 15-1. The Money Monster has two wins in two starts and most recently won the one-turn Pasco Stakes at Tampa. He tries two turns for the first time.
Just outside those two is Basha, to be written by Emisael Jaramillo, at 12-1. Third in the Just One More Stakes last out, he finished second in the Smooth Air before that for trainer Gilberto Zerpa. It's his first outing at Tampa.
Zion Valley is in the far outside post 10, listed at 50-1.
The Tampa Bay Derby is worth 85 Kentucky Derby points with 50 going to the winner. It's race 11 of 12 on Saturday's mulitple-stakes card with a post time of 5:27 ET.
The field in post position order:
1. Tale of Silence, Paco Lopez, 15-1
2. The Money Monster, Joel Rosario, 15-1
3. Basha, Emisael Jaramillo, 12-1
4. No Dozing, Daniel Centeno, 6-1
5. Tapwrit, Jose Ortiz, 3-1
6. Beasley, Irad Ortiz Jr., 9-2
7. Sonic Mule, John Velazquez, 6-1
8. State of Honor, Julien Leparoux, 4-1
9. Wild Shot, Robby Albarado, 5-1
10. Zion Valley, Huber Villa-Gomez, 50-1