02/12/2011 7:30PM

Brethren stays undefeated with sharp score in Sam Davis at Tampa Bay Downs

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Brethren cruises home under jockey Ramon Dominguez to win the Grade 3 Sam Davis.

The inevitable comparisons between reigning Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and his baby brother Brethren will continue. Brethren remained undefeated on Saturday with a convincing four-length victory over the 31-1 Too Experience in the $225,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

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Brethren, a son of Distorted Humor, overcame a slow start to dominate nine other 3-year-olds in the Grade 3 Sam Davis. The win was the third in as many starts for Brethren who picked up an all important $135,000 in graded earnings in the process.

Brethren briefly delayed the start of the 1 1/16-mile Sam Davis when a bit reluctant to load into the gate. Breaking from post 10, Brethren came away a step slow but quickly recovered under jockey Ramon Dominguez to force the early pace of longshot Ribo Bobo. Brethren readily took command once settling into the far turn, drew well clear after fanning wider into the stretch, and was not seriously menaced thereafter.

“He didn’t break great but he recovered quickly, settled into a good rhythm down the backside and went impressively from there,” Pletcher said from the dining room at Gulfstream Park where he watched the Sam Davis on television.

“Obviously we have some things to work on at the gate but all in all I thought it was a great effort.”
Too Experience, who entered the Sam Davis with five wins in six career starts, outfinished fellow longshot Watch Me Go By to finish second.

Brethren completed the distance in 1:45.07 seconds and paid $3.80. The win was the second of three straight stakes victories on the card for Dominguez who also rode Dynamic Holiday to victory in the $125,000 Florida Oaks and Silver Reunion to win the $125,000 Endeavour Stakes, both for trainer Graham Motion.

Too Experience, who entered the Sam Davis with five wins in six career starts, outfinished fellow longshot Watch Me Go By to finish second.

Pletcher remain uncommitted about where or when Brethren might run next.

“We talked about him having only two races before the Derby and this puts us in the position we want to be. It gives us some latitude,” said Pletcher. “We got some graded earnings if we only want to run him once more but this didn’t look like a particularly taxing race either. Where he goes next depends upon a lot of different variables, including where some of our other 3-year-olds wind up going.”

Pletcher also trains Eclipse Award winner and early Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo.

Florida Oaks: Dynamic Holiday finishes strong

Dynamic Holiday finished strongly down the center of the track to register a 1 3/4-length decision over a fast-closing Holidaysatthefarm to capture the Florida Oaks. Niji’s Grand Girl, the 5-2 favorite, finished another length further back in third. The Grade 3 Oaks was run on turf for the first time this year.

Dynamic Holiday, a 3-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, posted her third straight victory in the Oaks. Each of her two previous wins had been by a nose, including Calder’s Tropical Park Oaks on New Year’s Day.

Dynamic Holiday paid $8 after covering the distance in 1:45.56 seconds over a firm course.

“The filly’s done great,” said Motion. “She’s matured since Belmont and I think she’s getting better and better.”