Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park

Dave Bond, OTB Writer
Updated: May 30, 2012 -- 5:05 PM ET

Las Vegas, NV - The 62nd running of the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap comes our way from Belmont Park this Saturday June 2nd. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will go 6 1/2 furlongs on Belmont's dirt track in search of their share of the $200,000 purse.

A field of seven females has been entered in the ninth race on Belmont's Saturday card. Post time is 5:06 PM. The two favorites in this race each won their last starts on this track making for an intriguing dash. Let's take a look at the seven entries and the recent performances that brought them to this Grade 3 event.

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Nicole H - started 2012 with two wins and a second place finish but has struggled a tad since. The wins include the Interborough Stakes and the Correction Stakes both at Aqueduct before a second at the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie Handicap on February 18th at Laurel Park. Her latest two outings have yielded fourth place finishes at the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap and most recently at the My Juliet Stakes at Parx Racing on May 26th. Nicole H is a previous Grade 2 winner and is definitely a front runner for this race.

C C's Pal - finished ahead of Nicole H in her last two races posting second place finishes in both the Grade 2 Distaff and the My Juliet Stakes and before that finished third behind Nicole H in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie. C C's Pal has placed in her last seven starts with three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes.

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She's Cheeky - has fared well in her last four graded stakes starts - an impressive second last time out in the Grade 1 Vinery Madison Stakes on April 12th at Keeneland, a third in the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes on March 11th, a third in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Stakes on January 28th and a second in the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar on August 21st. In 25 career starts She's Cheeky has only three wins, eight seconds and eight third place finishes.

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Belle of the Hall - most recently finished second in the Marta Stakes on this track on May 9th but before that was a distant ninth in the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream. On February 19th she was fourth in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie and before that won an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream on January 20th. .

Kid Kate - will be making her 2012 debut after a successful 2011 campaign in which she posted two straight victories in non-graded stakes action before finishing up her 2011 campaign with a fifth in the Miss Golden Circle Stakes here last October. Kid Kate did have some good results in graded stakes races in 2011 - a third in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap last April and a second in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap here in July.

Smart Stride - will be making her graded stakes debut after success in Allowance races in 2012 - two wins, two seconds and two third place finishes.

Dontbeshy I'll Buy - most recently finished an impressive third in the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap on April 14th in her graded stakes debut after a win in the Bold Brat Stakes at Aqueduct on March 2nd. Dontbeshy I'll Buy has placed in her last three starts and certainly isn't out of her league in the Vagrancy.

2012 Vagrancy Handicap Entries & Odds

Race 9 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:06 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Smart Stride C. Velasquez R. Dutrow, Jr.
2 C C's Pal J. Alvarado R. Dutrow, Jr.
3 Belle of the Hall J. Castellano T. Albertrani
4 Nicole H R. Dominguez M. Hushion
5 Kid Kate E. Castro C. Brown
6 Dontbeshy I'll Buy E. Prado E. Reed
7 She's Cheeky J. Velazquez P. Eurton

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