TAMPA BAY DERBY PREVIEW

Another one of the Kentucky Derby qualifying races, the $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby Preview (G2); will run on March 6 at Tampa Bay Downs. The event will award qualifying points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers.

The race covers 1 1/16 miles on dirt and is open to 3-year-olds. It is expected to have a large field of runners.

Candy Man Rocket Returns

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations’ Candy Man Rocket will return to Tampa Bay Downs following his win in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at the track on February 6.

On February 28; Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott sent out Candy Man Rocket for a four-furlong breeze in 48 3/5 at Payson Park. He was the fastest of 36 other workouts at that distance.

The son of Candy Ride is undefeated in 2021 with two victories and total earnings of $144,000. His career record is 2-0-0 from three starts.

Prior to his Sam F. Davis victory, Candy Man Rocket took a January 9 maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park. His debut performance was a seventh-place finish in a November 22 maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs.

He will be joined once again by jockey Junior Alvarado, who will travel to Tampa Bay from Gulfstream Park.

Sittin On Go

Another one of the probable runners among the loaded field is Albaugh Family Stables’ Sittin On Go. A Brody’s Cause colt, he is trained by Dale Romans.

Winner of the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs last September; Sittin On Go will make his first start in the Tampa Bay Derby since his sixth-place run in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream on January 30.

To finish his 2-year-old campaign, he took sixth in the November 28 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. He also ran ninth in the November 6 TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) at Keeneland right after his Iroquois win.

Sittin On Go will be joined by rider Corey Lanerie.

Hidden Stash and Boca Boy

Two more of the top probables for the Tampa Bay Derby Preview are Hidden Stash and Boca Boy; the third and fourth-place finishers in the Sam F. Davis.

Owned by BBN Racing and trained by Victoria Oliver, Hidden Stash is 2-0-2 from five career starts with total earnings of $121,062.

His third-place run in the Sam F. Davis was his only start this year. At the end of 2020, he scored a November 28 allowance optional claiming victory at Churchill Downs; which followed another victory in an October 24 maiden special weight race at Keeneland.

Regular jockey Hector Rafael Diaz, Jr. will have the call in the Tampa Bay Derby.

Kenneth Fishbein’s Boca Boy also only has one start this year, which was his fourth-place finish in the Sam F. Davis.

Trained by Cheryl Winebaugh, his 2020 ended with a victory in the September 26 FTBOA Florida Sire In Reality Stakes (Black Type) at Gulfstream Park. He also finished second in the August 29 Proud Man Stakes (Black Type) and third in the August 1 FTBOA Florida Sire Dr. Fager Stakes (Black Type) at the track.

Boca Boy will be joined by rider Antonio Gallardo.

The rest of the probables include: Helium; Hidden Stash, Moonlite Strike, Hello Hot Rod, Promise Keeper, Super Strong, Unbridled Honor, My Livery, and King of Dreams.

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