Sky Flight Takes On Full Field in $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes
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Thu 22/01/2015 - 13:05 EST
On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the featured race is the 29th running of the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, the race has drawn a full field of twelve with two additional horses listed as also-eligible.
The morning line favorite at odds of 7-2 in the competitive, wide-open field is Sky Flight for trainer Mark Casse. A four-year-old son of Sky Mesa, he is trying to earn his fourth consecutive victory and was last seen winning the Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park. The lightly-raced colt has only four career starts and will be going for his first graded stakes win. Julian Leparoux will be aboard for the first time from post position four.
Margano going for first graded stakes win
Margano, a full-brother to the ill-fated Barbaro, is the second choice on the morning line at odds of 4-1 for trainer Arnaud Delacour. A five-time career winner, the bay gelding will carry the colors of Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables as he goes for his first graded stakes victory. He was last seen finishing fifth in the William L. Mcknight (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Daniel Centeno will be in the irons and they will break from post position eleven.
Allie's Event has home track advantage
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is the veteran gelding Allie’s Event. A nine-year-old gelded son of Wild Event trained, owned and bred by Lori Smock, he has won eleven times over the course of his career, six of which came over the Tampa Bay turf course. He was fourth against optional claiming competition last time out after a victory two starts back. Pablo Morales will be back aboard and they will break from the rail.
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