The next likely challenger is Eddie Kenneally’s 6-1 Honorable Dillon. The Hutcheson Stakes winner is another that will likely be just behind Verrazano. However, the speed he’s shown in his four lifetime starts puts him at an advantage over Dynamic Sky to reign in Verrazano. Jockey Corey Lanerie will get his first ride aboard this son of Tapit.
A longshot to watch is Jane Cibelli’s Purple Egg at odds of 10-1. He’s undefeated in three career starts including the ungraded Inaugural Stakes run at Tampa Bay Downs Dec. 12. The Inaugural win came after a three-month layoff and the race chart shows that he wore down the leader going into the stretch. Purple Egg will make his three-year-old debut Saturday and his first attempt at a route distance. He’s worked exclusively at Tampa Bay Downs since the Inaugural and his work tab is riddled with bullets. He picks up a new jock in Elvis Trujillo.
The entire field, with odds, from the rail out is Eton Blue 20-1, Purple Egg 10-2, Honorable Dillon 6-1, Java’s War 12-1, Dynamic Sky 4-1, Verrazano 4-5, Offlee Fast 30-1, Park City 12-1, and Falling Sky 10-1.
The race is the 10th on Tampa Bay Downs’s Saturday card with a scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. It can be seen on HRTV and TVG. Free PPs for the Tampa Bay Derby and the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park, the other Road to the Kentucky Derby points race this weekend, provided by Brisnet.
Photo: Courtesy Gulfstream Park: Coglianese Photos/Courtney Heeney
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