Smiley Sobotka Makes ’21 Debut in Sam Davis


Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:00 pm |
Back to: Shared News Updated: February 5, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Albaugh Family Stables’ Smiley Sobotka (Brody’s Cause), last seen finishing second behind Keepmeinmind (Laoban) in the Nov. 28 GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., makes his sophomore debut in the 1 1/16-mile GIII Sam F. Davis S. at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday. The chestnut colt tuned up for his return to the races with a four-furlong drill in :46.81 (2/118) at Gulfstream Park last Saturday.
Michael Shanley’s Nova Rags (Union Rags) makes a return trip to Tampa following his win in the seven-furlong Pasco S. last time out Jan. 16. The Bill Mott trainee, a maiden winner first-out at Belmont last October, was fourth in the Nov. 8 GIII Nashua S. in the finale of his two-race juvenile campaign.
Mott also saddles Candy Man Rocket (Candy Ride Arg) in the Davis. The dark bay colt romped to a 9 1/4-length maiden win going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park Jan. 9.

“Both of our horses have been training well, and we’re anxiously awaiting the outcome to see if we have horses good enough to go on and come back for the [GII Lambholm South] Tampa Bay Derby [Mar. 6],” Mott said Friday from his South Florida base. “It’s a big test for both horses, and we have no great expectations. Candy Man Rocket hasn’t been beyond 6 1/2 furlongs and Nova Rags hasn’t raced around two turns yet, so they need to be tested to find out how far they want to go.”
Trainer Todd Pletcher sends out a pair of runners in the Davis. St Elias Stables homebred Known Agenda (Curlin) makes his first start since finishing third in the GIII Remsen S. last December, while Donegal Racing’s Millean (Blame) graduated versus $50,000 maiden claimers at Gulfstream Jan. 10.

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This story was posted in Shared News and tagged Albaugh Family Stable, Bill Mott, Dale Romans, Donegal Racing, Michael Shanley, Sam F. Davis Stakes, St. Elias Stables, Tampa Bay Downs, Todd Pletcher.

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