OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes will be run this Saturday, August 27 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $750,000 purse when they take to Saratoga's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles.
A short but quality field of just five will line up in the Personal Ensign Stakes - race 6 on Saratoga's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 2:23 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all five combatants for this competitive Grade 1 stakes.
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Curalina 9-5 - Todd Pletcher trained filly has been very good in her 11 career starts - six wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She debuted in July, 2014 and finished second and went on to four straight wins - the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 26, the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park June 6, an Allowance Optional Claiming score by 8 1/4 lengths May 1 at Churchill Downs and a maiden score in March. Last time out was another win - in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap 9 1/4 lengths on this track July 31 after a disappointing fourth in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 and a win in the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs May 6. She also had a respectable third behind Stopchargingmaria in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, a second in the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park September 26 and a third in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 22. Curalina has been in every race so far and hopes to be again Saturday. John Velazquez has been tabbed to ride the morning line favorite from gate 2.
Cavorting 2-1 - has 12 career starts with seven wins, a second and a third place finish. She enters on a tidy two race win streak - the $1 million Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes last time out at Belmont Park June 11 and by five lengths in the Grade 2 Ruffian Stakes on that track May 14. The wins followed a respectable runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct April 17, an OK third in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita back on December 26 and a somewhat disappointing fourth as favorite in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (from an undesirable post 14). She had a nice three race win streak last year as well - the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga September 16, the Grade 1 Test Stakes August 8 (both on this track) and the minor Jersey Girl Stakes June 5 at Belmont Park. Cavorting had been a tad up and down but has placed in seven of her last eight starts overall ahead of this weekend. She looks for her third straight graded stakes score Saturday when she departs from gate 6 with Javier Castellano guiding the 123 pound co-highweight and morning line second choice.
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Forever Unbridled 7-2 - Dallas Stewart trained filly has four wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 11 career starts. She enters off an OK second to Cavorting in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 after a three race win streak - the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 15, the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic January 30 and the Grade 3 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct November 28. Before that was a fifth in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes in October, an ugly eleventh in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 1 and consecutive third place finishes - the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks March 28 and the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes in February. Forever Unbridled has been looked very good in her last four starts overall and hopes to be in the mix again Saturday. Joel Rosario rides the morning line third choice from post 3.
I'm a Chatterbox 4-1 - six time stakes winner and Larry Jones trained filly has seven wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 13 career starts - she was second to Stellar Wind in last year's Eclipse Award voting. She enters on a nice two race win streak - the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap last time out July 16 and the minor $100,000 Obeah Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths also at Delaware Park June 11. Those wins followed a good second in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland in April, a somewhat disappointing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, a good win in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx September 19 and consecutive seconds - behind Curalina after being DQ'd for interference in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 26 and in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 22. She also had an OK third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last May 1 and a three race win streak to start 2015- all stakes races and all at Fair Grounds. I'm a Chatterbox has been in some top company and has fared very well for the most part. She will leave from the railed hoping to make it three straight wins with Florent Geroux in the saddle of the other 123 pound co-highweight.
Paid Up Subscriber 10-1 - lightly raced Albert Stall trained filly has four wins, a second and a third place finish in eight career starts. She arrives off a second place finish to I'm A Chatterbox in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap July 16 and a nice two race win streak - the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap in her first start around two turns June 18 and an Allowance Optional Claiming May 6 - both at Churchill Downs. Those results followed a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Keeneland April 8, a disappointing ninth in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes in October and a fourth in the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes in September. Paid Up Subscriber was OK before finding a groove in her last three starts. Ricardo Santana has been tabbed with keeping an impressive roll going from gate 4 Saturday.
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Race 6 on Saratoga's Saturday card with a Post Time of 2:23 PM.