GII Hollywood Oaks brings out 5 up and coming Starlets – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

The GII Hollywood Oaks is on tap this Saturday at Betfair/Hollywood Park
The GII Hollywood Oaks is on tap this Saturday at Betfair/Hollywood Park

This Saturday afternoon, BHP will offer up a left coast version of a 3yo fillies graded dust-up in the $150,000, GII Hollywood Oaks, going 1 1/16 mile over the cushioned track here at Betfair Hollywood Park

Free Past Performances,

A very modest field of 5, up and coming west coast 3yo ladies will look to brighten up the Saturday card here at BHP.

Coming out of the #1 hole is Doinghardtimeagain, winner of the Melair  Stakes and Evening Jewel  Stakes in her last pair of outings and has 3 stakes wins in her past 5 west coast outings makes her G/S debut here on Saturday! She clicked off a decent enough 1:43.2 in the 1 1/16 mile Melair  Stakes here at BHP last time out but she’ll have to step it up here on Saturday to be a finish line contender!

Ciao Bella Luna , who pops from the #2 hole here on Saturday, is the winner of the GII Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland 2 back and was 2nd last out in the $70k Railbird here at 7f again. This one’s hasn’t got a lot of 2-turn racing on her resume so she might be an iffy pick to put on top anywhere!

Iotapa , out of gate #3, bested Ciao Bella Luna last time out in that same $70k Railbird here on May 19th. She does have 2-turn graded experience finishing between Beholder and Fiftyshadesofhay 2 back in the GI Santa Anita Oaks for a rock solid 2nd that day!

She could be the one to beat here on Saturday!

Unbridled Wee , comes in with just a Mdn win to her credit last out here on May 24th going 1 1/16 mile in a somewhat sluggish 1:45.4. as not a lot appears to be leaving out of gate #4 here on Saturday.

Ondine , is the gate #5 occupant and is out of the Baffert barn coming in with a pair of stair-stepping wins in her last 2 outs. She’ll be jumping up into graded company for the first time here on Saturday but brings only limited 2-turn success. A big price should bring this one right into your exotics thinking here on Saturday!

So, a somewhat limiting field of just 5, 3yo ladies will make for some challenging handicapping in this $150k, GII Hollywood Oaks tilt here at BHP this Saturday!






M/L Odds

1. Doinghardtimeagain R   Bejarano 119 J   Hollendorfer 9/5 
2. Ciao Bella Luna C S Nakatani 113 J   Hollendorfer 3/1 
3. Iotapa J   Talamo 113 J W Sadler  8/5
4. Unbridled Wee G L Stevens 113 P   Eurton  12/1
5. Ondine M   Garcia 115 B   Baffert  4/1

Picks are – 1,2,3,5 exacta box, with the 4 added to the last tri or super spot!


Dreaming of Julia to headline GI Mother Goose Stakes – Probables with Free Past Peformances

Dreaming Of Julia - was a 21 1/4 length winner of Saturday's GII Gulfstream Park Oaks
Dreaming Of Julia – was a 21 1/4 length winner of the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks this year

The $300,000, GI Mother Goose Stakes, for top 3yo fillies, 1 1/16 mile over the Belmont main is at hand this Saturday.

Free Past Performances,

A good group of 3yo fillies looks to be lined up GI event at Belmont Park this Saturday with names like;

Dreaming of Julia, the 2013 Florida Oaks winner, found some gate troubles at the start of the GI Kentucky Oaks last out but did find her way to a recent enough 4th finish after a very bumpy start. She’ll be back at home on the Belmont main this Saturday and will be a real handful over this 1-turn test as she’ll need to be the early speed.

Close Hatches, winner of GII Gazelle here in the Big Apple earlier this year also found the Churchill surface not to her liking on GI Oaks day with a distant 7th finish. She returned home in the GI Acorn Stakes on Memorial Day weekend here putting in a solid 2nd behind Bob Baffert’s 3yo filly shooting star Midnight Lucky.

Marathon Lady, gave up the GII Black-Eyed Susan win by just a neck to Fiftyshadesof hay in the final jump of that Pimlico GII 3yo filly classic test! She’ll cut back to a mile and a 16th here on Saturday which could only help in her efforts to keep up with speedy Dreaming of Julia.

Cue The Moon, has placed in 3 consecutive graded efforts with a 4th last in that GI Acorn Stakes here on Memorial day weekend. This daughter of Malibu Moon needs to find more if she is to truly compete for the win here on Saturday and not be the bridesmaid once again!

Toasting, finished a surprisingly strong 3rd in the GII Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico last out on what looked to be some iffy PP’s for a GII run at the time.  She to will cut back to the mile and a 16th here on Saturday!

Carnival Court, a daughter of Street Sense and granddaughter to A.P. Indy just crushed a Msw field here last out in only her 2nd lifetime start by 12 1/4 lengths in a wire to wire performance. Clocked a 1 1/16 mile time here in a solid 1:42.4 as that kind of performances should be worthy of an exotics thought!

Plenty O’toole, broke her maiden at Churchill last out in another 1 1/16 mile test. Although her winning time was slower than Carnival Court, the field she faced was a bit tougher so her winning Beyer # is much better!

So, there are plenty more top 3yo filly names still on this year’s nomination’s sheet so we’d look for more top 3yo fillies to line up here on Saturday for classic GI test!

Verrazano in easy GIII Pegasus Stakes win – Results and Replay

Verrazano - winning today's GIII Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park
Verrazano – winning today’s GIII Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park

In what was to be top-rated battle of 3yo’s, race favorite Verrazano , ran off with today’s $150,000, GIII Pegasus Stakes after his main rival Itsmyluckyday , broke down on the Monmouth backstretch and was later vanned off, allowing Verrazano to run off to a 9 1/4 length easy-breezy victory!

Full Results,

Reporting Star, who was back those 9 1/4 lengths for 2nd was lucky to even be in this race at all after rearing up and flipping on to his back on the Monmouth walking ring pre-race.

3rd went to Bethel, an early Derby buzz horse this past winter back another 4 1/4 lengths as his team mate Gefest, was the last of the remaining 4 runners here today back another 12 1/4 lengths more!

Payouts and Winning Time,

Age Restriction: Three Year Old
  Purse: $150,000
  Distance: One And One Sixteenth Miles On The Dirt
  Track Condition: Fast
  Winning Time:  1:41.72
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
2. Verrazano John R. Velazquez 2.80 2.20 2.10
1. Reporting Star Angel Serpa   9.00 10.00
5. Bethel Brian Pedroza     13.20
Also ran were: 4.  – Gefest ,  6.  – Itsmyluckyday  
Scratched horses:   Edge of Reality  (Trainer) , Kanturk Kid  (Trainer)

Verrazano and Itsmyluckyday to square off in GIII Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park this Sunday – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

Monmouth Park – brings together a pair of 3yo Superstars in Sunday’s GIII Pegasus Stakes!

SEE – Live Racing from Monmouth Park Today “Here” – First Post 12:50 p.m. ET!

Although the remaining major 3yo races of 2013 are on hold until the end of next month, Monmouth Park has got a dandy 3yo tussle lined up this Sunday afternoon in its first of a pair of GI Haskell preps in the $150,000, GIII Pegasus Stakes, going 1 1/16 mile over the Monmouth main!

Free Past Performances,

Verrazano , the GI Wood Memorial winner and Itsmyluckyday , winner of the GIII Holy Bull Stakes and 2nd in the GI Florida Derby and the Preakness Stakes this year will tie-up again after both finished in the 2nd tier of this year’s GI Kentucky Derby in this 2-turn GI Haskell prep tussle here on Sunday!

Gefest, and  Bethel , both out of the G  Dorochenko barn as Kanturk Kid  and Reporting Star , look to be a paired entry as all of this foursome is not nearly in the same class as the 2 derby runners above!

Edge of Reality , is coming off a sprint Alw win at Parx last out, so perhaps he’ll be the early speed here on Sunday!

So, here is the line up for this GIII, 2-turn Haskell prep,

PP. Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1. Kanturk Kid A Serpa 116 K O’Connell 8/1
1a. Reporting Star A Serpa 116 K O’Connell 8/1
2. Verrazano J R Velazquez 123 T A Pletcher 6/5
3. Edge of Reality S   Elliott 118 A W Dutrow 6/1 
4. Gefest H   Karamanos 118 G   Dorochenko 10/1
5. Bethel B   Pedroza 116 G   Dorochenko 20/1 
6. Itsmyluckyday M E Smith 123 E   Plesa, Jr. 7/5 

Picks are – 2,6 exacta box, then 1 or 3 filling out the tri’s and super’s exotics!