Centennial Farms’ LITIGATE (c, 3, Blame–Salsa Diavola, by Mineshaft) fought his way to a brave victory in Saturday’s GIII Sam F. Davis S. at Tampa, sustaining a long run to pick up his first stakes win while negotiating two turns for the first time and picking up 20 Kentucky Derby points in the process. Alertly into stride from his double-digit draw, the $370,000 Keeneland September purchase drifted back to sit about midfield behind a strong pace up ahead of him. Put to a drive on the second turn, the bay colt caught the eye with a three- or four-wide sweep at the five-sixteenths pole, struck to the front with a little more than a furlong to travel and held sway late to score. Groveland (Street Sense) made good progress up the rail to be second ahead of Classic Car Wash (Noble Bird) in third. Litigate is the 20th winner at the graded level for his sire and his 44th black-type winner overall.
Saturday, Tampa Bay Downs
SAM F. DAVIS S.-GIII, $200,000, Tampa Bay Downs, 2-11, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:44.83, ft.
1–LITIGATE, 120, c, 3, by Blame
1st Dam: Salsa Diavola, by Mineshaft
2nd Dam: Miss Salsa, by Unbridled
3rd Dam: Oscillate, by Seattle Slew
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($370,000
Ylg ’21 KEESEP). O-Centennial Farms; B-Nursery Place,
Donaldson & Broadbent (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Luis Saez.
$120,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $182,590. Werk Nick
Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*
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2–Groveland, 120, c, 3, Street Sense–Lucknow,
by Medaglia d’Oro. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK
TYPE. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Eoin G. Harty. $40,000.
3–Classic Car Wash, 120, g, 3, Noble Bird–East Lake Classic,
by Orientate. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE.
($105,000 2yo ’22 OBSMAR). O-Gary Barber; B-Sherry R.
Mansfield & Kenneth H. Davis (FL); T-Mark E. Casse. $20,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 1HF, HD. Odds: 2.80, 21.60, 12.00.
Also Ran: Classic Legacy, Zydeceaux, Laver, Dreaming of Kona, Dubyuhnell, Prairie Hawk, Worthington, Champions Dream. Scratched: Notah.
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