Uncle Vinny Favored Off the Bench in $75,0000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore Stakes

Uncle Vinny Favored Off the Bench in $75,0000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore Stakes

Category : News - Thu 07/04/2016 - 11:58 EDT

On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the featured race is the $75,000 Ocala Breeders Sales Sophomore Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds bred in Florida, the seven furlong contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.

Uncle Vinny has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $175,000 by Starlight Racing, the dark bay son of Uncle Mo has been on the board in three of his five starts and is a two-time winner. As a juvenile, he was placed first in the Sanford Stakes (G3) via disqualification. He has been on the shelf since running fifth in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and has been training steadily for his return. Manoel Cruz will be aboard and they will break from the outside post.

Tiger Blood looking for first stakes win

Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Tiger Blood for trainer Baltazar Galvan. A chestnut son of Cowtown Cat, he has won two of his three starts and will be trying to earn his first black type win. He was last seen finishing fifth in the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park in March. Pablo Morales will be in the irons and they will break from post position five.

Class test for Final Forum after claiming race

Also in the field at morning line odds of 20-1 is longshot Final Forum for trainer Bobby Raymond. A bay son of In Summation, he has been on the board in all three starts and is stepping up to stakes company for the first time. He broke his maiden two starts back in his second career start and was third in a claiming race last time out. Ricardo Feliciano will be aboard from post six. 

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