Falling Sky holds on to take Davis Stakes
Oldsmar, FL (Sports Network) - Falling Sky, ridden by Jose Espinoza, was able to withstand the rally by Pasco Stakes champ Dynamic Sky and win Saturday's $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The Davis is the second of three stakes at Tampa Bay for 3-year-olds concluding with the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9.
Trained by John Terranova II, Falling Sky took the lead shortly after the start in the 1 1/16-mile stakes. Racing in second was 16-1 longshot Divine Ambition with 61-1 outsider Balino in third.
Falling Sky, in just his fourth career start, continued on the lead into the far turn as 9-5 second pick Dynamic Sky and 17-10 favorite My Name Is Michael began rallies.
At the top of the stretch, Falling Sky had a two-length lead over Dynamic Sky with My Name Is Michael entering the picture. Down the stretch the top two runners battled each other as the favorite closed on them.
Falling Sky, sent off at 7-1, hit the wire a neck to the good over Dynamic Sky with My Name Is Michael finishing third three-lengths back.
Holding on for fourth was Speak Logistics followed by Midnite Poppa, Divine Ambition, Silver Day, Lightning Stone and Balino. Northern Lion, a stablemate of Dynamic Sky, was scratched.
Owned by Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger, Falling Sky covered the 1 1/16-miles in 1:44.79 on a fast track.
Falling Sky picked up his third win in four starts and $150,000. The colt's bankroll now totals $194,800. The win was worth 10 points as part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series.
Espinoza got the mount when regular jockey Luis Saez remained at Gulfstream Park.
Falling Sky paid $17.80, $6.60 and $3.80. Dynamic Sky returned $3.20 and $2.40, and My Name Is Michael paid $2.60 to show.
02/02 18:26:11 ET