Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, June 22 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Three year old fillies will hit the track and race 1 1/16 miles in search of the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
A field of just five females will line up in the Mother Goose Stakes - race 10 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:49 PM. Let's take a look at the credentials of all six combatants for this Grade 1 stakes.
2013 Mother Goose Stakes Race Favorites
Dreaming of Julia - Todd Pletcher filly entered the Breeders' Cup in November having started three career races and winning all - last August 6 by an astounding 10 1/2 lengths at Saratoga was followed by an equally impressive 16 1/4 length score in the Meadow Star Classic on September 9. She was terrific in winning the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont October 6 before an OK third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She followed that with a second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes to Live Lively February 23 and returned to her winning ways with a nice win in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks March 30 by an incredible 21 3/4 lengths with a Beyer Speed figure of 114 - the best of any thoroughbred in 2013. Last time out was a surprisingly disappointing fourth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 3. She has seven career starts with four wins, a second and a third place finish and is two-for-two on this track.
Close Hatches - Bill Mott trainee made her stakes debut out for the legendary trainer and recorded a terrific win in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct April 6 after two prior starts resulted in two wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming in wire-to-wire fashion by 1 1/4 lengths at Gulfstream March 10 and a MSW score January 26 also at Gulfstream. Last time out was a decent second, 8 1/4 lengths behind Midnight Lucky in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park May 27 after a very disappointing seventh in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 3. She has been very competitive in her career and figures to be Dreaming of Julia's biggest threat Saturday.
Mother Goose Stakes 2013 | Remaining Field Entries
Marathon Lady - broke maiden in her third career start at Oaklawn Park February 21 and has impressively placed in three graded stakes starts since - a second in the Grade 3 Fathead Bourbonette at Turfway Park March 23, a third right behind Manuka Honey in the Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 10 and a nice second last time out in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 17. She has one win, three seconds and a third place finish in six career starts for trainer Steve Hobby. Robby Albarado gets the mount from the rail.
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Toasting - started her career with three straight MSW races with a win in the third. She was a very nice third in the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes behind Dreaming of Julia at Belmont Park in October but was fifth in the Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Calder November 10. In three starts in 2013 she had an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream February 15 at the Mother Goose distance and followed that with a third in the OBS Championship (Filly Division) Stakes at Ocala Training Center March 11 and was third again in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes last time out right behind Marathon Lady May 17.
Sister State - Kiaran McLaughlin trained filly races in stakes company for the first time Saturday after three MSW races produced a win, a second and a fourth place finish. Last time out was a slight step up - an eighth in an Allowance Optional in her only other career start.
2013 Mother Goose Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 10 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:49 PM.