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Pasco winner back for Davis Stakes

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Oldsmar, FL (Sportsbooks) - Pasco Stakes winner Dynamic Sky returns Saturday to Tampa Bay Downs for the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. 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.

Dynamic Sky is trained by Mark Casse who also has Northern Lion entered in the race. Dynamic Sky will again be ridden by Luis Contreras with Patrick Husbands riding Northern Lion. The Pasco champ will break from post 9 in the 10-horse field and his stablemate has post 6. The two colts will be coupled as one betting interest.

In the Pasco on Jan. 12, Dynamic Sky defeated stablemate Sky Commander by just under a length to begin his 2013 campaign. Owned by John Oxley, the colt will be making his sixth straight stakes start, including his debut last July.

Dynamic Sky has notched two wins in five career starts for $248,115.

His 2012 began with a third in the Vandal Stakes at Woodbine and he broke his maiden there by taking the Simcoe Stakes. Dynamic Sky was second in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 6 and closed out his 2-year-old season with a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov, 3.

"He came down with a bug after the Breeders' Cup, and that knocked him off his feed for about a week," Casse noted.

Trainer, owner and jockey won the Pasco in 2012 with Prospective who went on to win the Tampa Bay Derby after a second-place finish in the Sam F. Davis Stakes.

Northern Lion, also owned by Oxley, begins 2013 with his fourth career start and stakes debut. After finishing third and second in his initial starts, respectively, the colt won for the first time on Dec. 22 at Gulfstream Park.

In post position order here is the field for the Sam F. Davis: Silver Day, Marcelino Pedroza; Divine Ambition, Willie Martinez; My Name Is Michael, Joel Rosario; Speak Logistics, Angel Serpa; Lightning Stone, Daniel Coa; Northern Lion, Patrick Husbands; Balino, Nik Goodwin; Falling Sky, Luis Saez; Dynamic Sky, Luis Contreras and Midnite Poppa, Jose Lezcano.

The Davis has a scheduled post-time of 5:23 p.m. (ET).

January 30, 2013, at 05:09 PM ET
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