Three weekend stakes offer points to Kentucky Derby

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On the opposite side of the map, a field of 10 will attempt the Sam F. Davis Stakes’ 1 1/16 miles at Tampa Bay Downs. Several in this field exit the Jan. 12 Pasco Stakes over this Tampa Bay track, including the Pasco winner Dynamic Sky. Dynamic Sky is co-entered with maiden winner Northern Lion at a morning line of 9-5. Dynamic Sky has two wins in five lifetime starts, but has never run in anything other than a stakes race. That sort of class will be hard to beat.

Trainer Eddie Plesa, who won last week’s Holy Bull with Itsmyluckyday, will send out Speak Logistics. This colt will make his three-year-old debut, having finished seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in his last start. Plesa showed us last week that he knows how to get an overlooked colt at the forefront of the Kentucky Derby chatter, so don’t overlook Speak Logistics.

Somewhere in the middle of these two Derby Trail locales is Aqueduct Racetrack in New York where the 1 1/16 mile Withers Stakes will offer a chance at Kentucky Derby points for eight contestants. Todd Pletcher’s maiden winner, Revolutionary, is the 3-5 morning-line favorite. Although it took Revolutionary four attempts to break his maiden, he did it impressively over the Aqueduct inner dirt, winning by 8 ½ lengths and earning a 103 Brisnet speed figure.

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