2022 Kentucky Derby trail: Tampa Bay Derby odds, preview, more

2022 Kentucky Derby trail: Tampa Bay Derby odds, preview, more
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Another spot in the 2022 Kentucky Derby starting gates can be earned Saturday in Oldsmar, Fla.

Classic Causeway (8-5) is favored on the morning line for the Grade 2, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby. Post time from Tampa Bay Downs is 5:23 p.m., with TVG to show the 1 1/16-mile trip for 3-year-olds.

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The Tampa Bay Derby rewards Road to the Kentucky Derby points on a 50-20-10-5 scale. Fifty points have been enough to make the field on the first Saturday in May each year since Churchill Downs instituted the points system in 2013.

Classic Causeway has tallied 18 points through three starts on the Kentucky Derby trail. He won the local Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) on Feb. 12 after running second in November’s Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill and third a month prior at Keeneland in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1).

Brian Lynch trains the Giant’s Causeway colt, who will have three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons.

Major General (9-2) has not raced since winning the first points-paying 2022 Derby prep, Churchill’s Iroquois Stakes (G3) on Sept. 18. His trainer, Todd Pletcher, has won the Tampa Bay Derby four times since 2013.

Shipsational (5-1) was runner-up behind Classic Causeway in the Sam F. Davis for trainer Edward Barker. Matthew Williams trains Davis fourth-place finisher Strike Hard (8-1). Breeders’ Cup Juvenile third-place runner Giant Game (10-1) looks for a Kentucky Derby trail bounce back effort after crossing eighth Feb. 5 in Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull Stakes (G3).

Street Sense (2007) for trainer Carl Nafzger is the only horse to win both the Tampa Bay Derby and Kentucky Derby. Pletcher’s 2010 Kentucky Derby hero Super Saver was third in Tampa, while Tacitus (2019), Musket Man (2009) and Reinvested (1982) all finished third at Churchill Downs after winning this event.

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Here is a look at the field for the 2022 Tampa Bay Derby (trainer and jockey in parentheses) with morning-line odds:

1. Grantham (Mike Maker, Samy Camacho), 20-1

2. Trademark (Victoria Oliver, Daniel Centeno), 30-1

3. Happy Boy Rocket (Bill Mott, Junior Alvarado), 12-1

4. Classic Causeway (Brian Lynch, Irad Ortiz Jr.), 8-5

5. Giant Game (Dale Romans, Joe Talamo), 10-1

6. Golden Glider (Mark Casse, Antonio Gallardo), 12-1

7. Strike Hard (Matthew Williams, Luis Saez), 8-1

8. Major General (Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano), 9-2

9. Shipsational (Edward Barker, Manny Franco), 5-1

10. Belgrade (Graham Motion, Hector Diaz Jr.), 20-1

11. Money Supply (Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz), 10-1

12. Spin Wheel (Rusty Arnold, Jesus Castanon), 20-1

TimeformUS’ pace projections show Classic Causeway going out to the early lead under Ortiz and setting a fast pace, followed by long shots Trademark and Grantham.

Road to the Kentucky Derby top 10

1. Epicenter, 64

2. Un Ojo, 54

3. Simplification, 54

4. Forbidden Kingdom, 50

5. Morello, 50

6. Smile Happy, 30

7. Ethereal Road, 20

8. In Due Time, 20

9. Dean’s List, 20

10. Barber Road, 18

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Other Saturday stakes

Here is a look at other graded stakes taking place Saturday across the U.S. All post times are EST, and races can be seen on TVG.

3:14 p.m. – $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes (G2), 4-and-up fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles (turf), Tampa Bay

Bleecker Street (2-1) is off to a 4-for-4 start in her career and aims to stay unbeaten for trainer Chad Brown. Jockey Hector Diaz Jr. gets the call on the Quality Road filly, winner Feb. 5 of Tampa’s Endeavour Stakes (G3). Roger Attfield trains Lady Speightspeare (5-2), a Grade 1 heroine who was second in the Endeavour. Rocky Sky (9-2) returns off a layoff for Brown dating to an eighth-place finish Aug. 8 in the Saratoga Oaks Invitational Stakes (G3).

3:35 p.m. – $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3), 4-and-up fillies and mares, 6½ furlongs, Gulfstream Park

Obligatory (8-5), twice a graded-stakes winner in 2021, makes her 4-year-old bow Saturday for trainer Bill Mott. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione will be up on the Curlin filly, who took Churchill Downs’ Chilukki Stakes (G3) on Nov. 20, more than six months after scoring in the Eight Belles Stakes (G2) over the same track. Ian Wilkes trains two-time Grade 3 heroine Four Graces (9-5), runner-up Jan. 29 in the local Inside Information Stakes (G2). My Destiny (5-1) steps up in class off a second-place run Feb. 12 at Tampa Bay in the Minaret Stakes.

3:49 p.m. – $100,000 Challenger Stakes (G3), 4-and-up, 1 1/16 miles, Tampa Bay

Dynamic One (5-2) is back for his first start since finishing seventh Aug. 28 at Saratoga in the Travers Stakes (G1) for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 4-year-old Union Rags colt, 18th-place finisher in the 2021 Kentucky Derby, will have jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. up. Shug McGaughey trains Greatest Honour (3-1), a 2021 Derby trail standout who returns off a layoff dating to a third-place finish in last year’s Florida Derby (G1) on March 27. Shirl’s Speight (6-1) won the local Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) on Feb. 5 for Attfield.

Related: Greatest Honour, Dynamic One return in Tampa's Challenger | Super Screener: 8-1 top pick in the Challenger Stakes at Tampa

4:20 p.m. – $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles (turf), Tampa Bay

Ambitieuse (3-1) aims to make the grade for trainer Graham Motion off a runner-up finish Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park in the Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3). Jockey Manny Franco gets the call on the Medaglia d’Oro filly. Michael Dini trains Alittleloveandluck (7-2), a stakes winner who was second Feb. 12 at Tampa in the Suncoast Stakes. Spicer (9-2) steps into stakes flight for the first time off a Nov. 19 second-out maiden score at Aqueduct.

6:10 p.m. – $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2), 4-and-up fillies and mares, 1 1/16 miles, Oaklawn Park

Shedaresthedevil (5-2) edged champion Letruska in the 2021 Azeri and now starts her 5-year-old season in this prep for the $1 million Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) on April 23. Brad Cox trains and Florent Geroux rides the Daredevil mare, a three-time Grade 1 winner who finished sixth Nov. 6 at Del Mar in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Michael McCarthy trains Ce Ce (3-1), another three-time Grade 1 heroine, who ships east off a runner-up finish Feb. 5 at Santa Anita in the Santa Monica Stakes (G2). Pauline’s Pearl (7-2) has scored two straight wins for trainer Steve Asmussen, including the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) on Jan. 30.

Related: Espinoza is an expert on Ce Ce’s moods going into the Azeri | Flatter Pod: Espinoza on Ce Ce + ex-Wildcats become breeders | Ce Ce, Shedaresthedevil are ready for an Azeri showdown

7:41 p.m. – $125,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (G3), 4-and-up, 1½ miles (turf), Santa Anita

Say the Word (5-2), a Grade 1 winner who has made 34 career starts, aims for his fourth graded score here. Phil D’Amato will give a leg up to jockey Flavien Prat on the 7-year-old More Than Ready gelding, third-place runner Jan. 30 in the local San Marcos Stakes (G2). D’Amato also trains Acclimate (4-1), a three-time graded stakes victor who was fourth in last year’s San Luis Rey and fifth last out in the San Marcos. David Hofmans trains Award Winner (5-1), a Grade 2 winner making his first start since finishing fourth Nov. 26 at Del Mar in the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G2).

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