Ten horses contest this year’s Tampa Bay Derby. There’s not a single graded stakes winner among them. With the bar set this low, expect some fireworks on the toteboard.

The lukewarm morning-line favorite is Tapwrit, a Todd Pletcher trainee who finished 2nd to the highly regarded McCracken in the Sam Davis Stakes last time out. But this off-the-pace runner posted a slowish final quarter while passing tired horses.

Better value presents itself with Tale of Silence (15-1), the only deep, deep closer in the race. His two sprint preps should have put enough air in his lungs to outsprint his underaccomplished rivals down the stretch.

THE BETS
$10 Win and Place on #1 Tale of Silence

Roger LeBlanc

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2017 Kentucky Derby Preps

Feb. 4, Holy Bull Stk…..Classic Empire, 3rd
No bet; odds too low.

Feb. 4, Robert Lewis Stk…..Royal Mo, 1st
No bet; odds too low.

Feb. 11, Sam Davis Stk…..King and His Court, 9th
$20 win at 50-1. Loss of $20.

Feb. 11, Sam Davis Stk…..Six Gun Salute, 7th
$6 win at 99-1. Loss of $6.

Feb. 20, Southwest Stk…..Silver Dust (at 8-1+), 4th
No win bet; odds too low (7-1). Loss of $4 on exactas.

Feb. 25, Risen Star Stk…..Local Hero (at 3-1+), 3rd
$20 win at 3-1. Loss of $20.

Mar. 4, FOY Stk…..Irish War Cry (at 2-1+), out
No win bet; odds too low.
Loss of $16 on exactas.

SEASON TOTALS
$66 wagered. $0 returned
Minus $66.