Just A Game Stakes at Belmont Park

Dave Bond, OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The 19th running of the Grade 1 Just A Game Stakes is on tap for the undercard of the Belmont Stakes this Saturday June 9th. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will race 1 mile on Belmont Park's Widener turf course for their share of the $500,000 purse.

A group of seven females will take part in race 8 on the Belmont Stakes card. Post time for the race is 3:59 PM. Let's take a look at the seven entries and the results that brought them to one of the three Grade 1 races on the Saturday schedule.

Horse Racing Betting Bonus

2012 Just A Game Stakes Race Favorites

Winter Memories - has looked terrific in her 10 career starts - seven wins, one second and two fourth place finishes. The wins include the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes on this track in September, the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes here in October 2010 and the Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes at Belmont last time out on May 5th. She has two other Grade 2 victories and another Grade 3 score on her resume. Winter Memories is four-for-four on Belmont turf and is the horse to beat in this one!

Hungry Island - has gone up against Winter Memories four times with mixed results. She did have a win last summer versus her Just A Game rival in the Grade 2 Lake Placid and she is coming of an impressive win the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Mile - so Hungry Island is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Just A Game Stakes 2012 | Remaining Field Entries

Tapitsfly - was a serious up-and-comer as a two year old capping off a terrific season with a win at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita but has struggled since then. Last year Tapitsfly won only one of nine races - an allowance at Gulfstream. 2012 has been a tad better a third at the Marshua's River stakes was followed by an impressive yet surprising score in the Grade 3 Honey Fox followed by a third at the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley and most recently a second at the Grade 1 Churchill Distaff to Hunger island. If Tapitsfly is regaining her form, and it appears as though she is, she could be dangerous.

Wallis - will make her fourth North American start after a decent career in England. Wallis debuted on this track in October with a second in the Stormy West Stakes and followed it up with a win in another minor stakes - the Spice Island at Aqueduct in November. In her graded stakes debut on January 7th, Wallis finished a distant eighth in the Grade 3 Marshua's River Stakes.

Just A Game Stakes betting at Belmont Park with OffTrackBetting.com

Up in Time - is no stranger to graded stakes action - she has races eight straight with a win in the Grade 3 Harold Ramser Sr. Stakes at Santa Anita in October being the highlight. Up in Time had a second in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap this year but followed that with a disappointing seventh last time out in the Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park on April 29th.

Dancinginherdreams - Bill Mott trained Dancinginherdreams finished 2010 and began 2011 strong with a pair of seconds in the Davona Dale and Forward Gal Stakes and a win in the Grade 2 Pocahontas but since then has concentrated on Allowance and minor stakes races. She has won two of last three Allowance Optional Claiming races she`s entered if that's any consolation!

Sylvestris - Was OK in Britain before debuting with a sixth in an Allowance at Aqueduct. Her two starts since have resulted in a fourth in an Allowance and a win last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming in this track May 11th.


2012 Just A Game Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 8 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 3:59 PM.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Tapitsfly R. Dominguez D. Romans
3-1
2 Sylvestris (IRE) M. Smith R. Barbara
20-1
3 Wallis (GB) J. Lezcano C. Clement
15-1
4 Winter Memories J. Castellano J. Toner
6-5
5 Hungry Island J. Velazquez C. McGaughey III
5-2
6 Dancinginherdreams C. Nakatani W. Mott
12-1
7 Up In Time (GB) J. Rosario S. Callaghan
12-1

OTB Race Previews

OTB Race Previews & Odds

Bet Harness Racing

Bet Harness Racing
Bet Harness Racing online from the top Harness race tracks. Watch Free Live Video Streaming of every harness race when you bet from mobile phone, tablet, laptop or computer.
  • Earn Cash Rewards - Win or Lose
  • Hundreds of weekly Harness races
  • Free Live Video & Race Replays

Horse Betting News