Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes is on tap for Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida this Saturday, March 28. A purse of $300,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares four years old and upward willing to go one mile on Gulfstream Park's turf track.
A field of nine older females will take to the track in the Honey Fox Stakes - race 10 in Gulfstream's stacked Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:26 PM. Here is a glimpse into the past performances of all nine entries for this Grade 2 stakes.
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Coffee Clique - Brian Lynch trained filly has six wins, a second and a third place finish in 11 career starts and was last seen winning the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park in June during a tidy three race win streak - the others wins being Grade 2 Churchill Distaff turf May 3 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream in March after seven months away. She also posted a nice win in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes May 19, 2013 and has not been worse than fourth in her last nine starts overall. Coffee Clique will saddle up for the first time in over 9 months Saturday looking to keep an impressive streak going. Luis Saez has the mount from gate 8.
Sandiva - Todd Pletcher trained Irish bred filly started her career in Europe where she recorded four wins including the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Eng-I) and a second place finish in eight starts and took some time to get her footing in North America. She was seventh in her initial start on North American soil in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap and has two more average results before catching fire. Sandiva enters on a two race win streak - the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes here February 7 followed a win in the minor Tropical Park Oaks also on this track December 20. Sandiva is in the best form of her career and has tabbed Javier Castellano to ride the steadily improving entry from gate 4.
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Lady Lara - legendary trainer Bill Mott sends out Lady Lara who has two wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in 13 starts in Ireland before shipping. She recorded a win, a second and a third place finish in her last three starts at home and has continued to look impressive since she shipped. Last time out was a respectable second in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs in November which followed a win in her North American debut - the minor Pebbles Stakes at Belmont Park in October. Lady Lara has two wins, two seconds and a third place finish in her last four starts and looks to keep the impressive run going from post 5 with Junior Alvarado guiding her.
Marbre Rose - Irish bred Christophe Clement trained filly had a win, a second and two third place finishes at home before shipping - the thirds coming in Group 3 stakes races in France. Since her arrival on North American soil she has been impressive - two starts and two impressive wins. Last time out she won the minor South Beach Stakes on this track December 13 after an Allowance score at Belmont Park in October. Marbre Rose attempts to make it three straight wins Saturday when she departs from the outside post with Irad Ortiz in the irons.
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Baffle Me - Mark Hennig trained mare has 26 career starts with seven wins, four seconds and four third place finishes but placed for the first time in six races last time out - a second behind Marbre Rose in the minor South Beach Stakes (a race she won in 2014) on this track December 13. She did win two straight minor stakes races to end her 2013 campaign including the Jazzy Stakes in October but posted two sevenths, two fourths and an eighth in the Grade 3 Athenia Stakes in 2014 before the second last time out. Joe Bravo has the mount from gate 6 in Baffle Me's 2015 debut.
Kitty Wine - Eddie Keneally pupil enters on the heels of consecutive third place finishes - the minor Copper City Handicap February 14 and behind Marbre Rose Baffle Me in the minor South Beach Stakes December 13 - both results on this track. She has just one graded stakes start - an eighth in the Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine in May but has placed in all three starts since and has won three of her last five overall. Jose Ortiz gets the call from post 3.
Party Now - Shug McGaughey trained filly has three wins and three second place finishes in seven career starts - Saturday marks her graded stakes debut. Last time out was a second behind Sandiva in the minor Tropical Park Oaks here December 20 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Aqueduct in November and a fourth in the minor Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park in May. Party Now looks for her first ever stakes win Saturday when she departs from the rail with the legendary Jon Velazquez in the saddle.
Istanford - Michael Stidham trained mare won three of four races between May and August of last year including the Grade 3 Arlington Classic, the Grade 2 San Clemente Stakes and the minor Sandy Blue Handicap before ending 2014 with a disappointing ninth in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland in October. She has one start in 2015 - a second in the minor Bayou Stakes at Fair Grounds February 21. Istanford has five wins and three seconds in 15 career starts -some of the wins were certainly impressive. Corey Lanerie will be in charge of getting her back to her summer/2015 form from post 7.
Lori's Stone - Martin Wolfson trained mare makes her graded stakes debut after 16 career starts yielded four wins, four seconds and two third place finished. She has looked decent lately - an Allowance score on this track last time out followed runner-up finishes in similar races this past winter. Lori's Stone will be after her first stakes win Saturday with Julien Leparoux in the irons from gate 2.