$200,000, GII Davona Dale Stakes, 3YO Fillies, at 1 1/16 miles (dirt) ( Race #9, Post time 4:31 p.m. EST).
The GII Davona Dale Stakes kicks off the 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Oaks points version of the Championship Series for this year’s 3yo ladies here at Gulfstream Park this Saturday on yet another busy graded card!
H.O.F. trainer Todd Pletcher whose wintertime successes over the year’s here at Gulfstream Park have been the stuff of legend brings the 1-2 money favorites out for this Saturday stroll in the GII Davona Dale Stakes! This 1-2 Pletcher pair consists of,
Stopchargingmaria , at 9/5, winner of the GII Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct last out by just a neck, then 2 back she won the GIII Tempted Stakes by a head. She was also 2nd in the GI Spinaway and 3rd in the GI Frizette last year. Solid board hitter here with top connections and tends to be on or near the early lead!
Onlyforyou , at 2/1, is the undefeated winner of the GII Forward Gal Stakes here last out covering 7f’s in a nice 1:22.2 winning by 2 3/4 lengths. She’s another early runner but will have to stretch to 2-turns for the first time here on Saturday!
Penwith , at 4/1, was 3rd by just a neck 2 back in that same GII Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct. She started 2014 here with a $75k 1x Oc win by a nose at 1-mile in 1:37.4 after an early stalking trip. More possible early speed here too as this one seems to like it up front early as well!
Aurelia’s Belle , at 6/1, 2nd in the GII Forward Gal Stakes last out and was back those 2 3/4 lengths at the line! 2 back she was 3rd but well off the winner here in the GIII Old Hat Stakes! Not an early speed horse, so look for her to hang back in the early frames!
House Rules , at 10/1, cracked her maiden here last out in a $47k Mdn at a mile run in 1:36.4 by 5 1/4 lengths in a race where she grabbed the lead by the 2nd call then drew off in the stretch to the easy win!
Holiday Magic , at 12/1, is a south florida gal who has done well in the 2 and 3yo fillies circuit here. She was a nice 3rd last out in the OBS Championship Stakes at OTC. This ones a come from behind type but probably isn’t in the same league as some in here!
|1.||Abou||J R Leparoux||116||J Scott||20/1|
|2.||Luna Santa||J Bravo||116||A Sano||15/1|
|3.||Onlyforyou||J Castellano||118||T A Pletcher||2/1|
|4.||Aurelia’s Belle||J Rocco, Jr.||116||W M Catalano||6/1|
|5.||House Rules||A O Solis||116||H A Jerkens||10/1|
|6.||Penwith||L Saez||116||K P McLaughlin||4/1|
|7.||Holiday Magic||J C Leyva||116||W A Kaplan||12/1|
|J R Velazquez||120||T A Pletcher||9/5|
Picks are – 3,4,6,7 exacta box, with the 5 or 7 at the back of a super play!