Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 3 Turnback The Alarm Handicap comes our way from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York this Saturday, October 26. A purse of $150,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Belmont Park's dirt track.
A field of eight will line up in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap - race 9 on Belmont Park's Saturday card. Post time is 5:06 PM. Here is a look at the credentials of all eight entries for this Grade 3 stakes - five of which have at least one stakes win.
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Centring - has 13 career starts for trainer Thomas Albertini with two wins, four seconds and three third place finishes - zero stakes wins however. Her first stakes action came in November - a fifth in the Grade 3 La Prevoyante Handicap at Calder and her other stakes action resulted in a good third last time out behind the impressive Princess of Sylmar and Royal Delta in the Grade 1 Beldame here September 28 after another good third in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign behind Royal Delta, a fourth in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap July 20, and a respectable third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park May 27. She also raced to a second to Disposablepleasure March 17. She has raced four straight Grade 1 stakes and has three third place finishes with a fourth and is the 2-1 favorite as she steps back in class. Joel Rosario will get the mount from post 6 Saturday.
Street Secret - Chad Brown trained mare started her career in Europe where she had 12 starts with three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes before debuting in North America with a nice Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream in March. She has since started four minor stakes races with a win three back, a third in May and a pair of seconds in her last two starts - the Parlo Stakes behind Roman Invader at Belmont Park last time out September 19 and the Alada Stakes at Saratoga August 9. She will have meet-leading jockey Javier Castellano in the saddle from post 2 and goes off as the 3-1 second choice.
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Fantasy of Flight - had finished second in her last three graded stakes races - the Grade 2 Bed o' Roses June 15, the Grade 2 Vagrancy May 18 and the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie in February before a seventh last time out in the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga August 23. She has yet to record a victory so far in 2013 but has finished second and incredible five times. Fantasy of Flight has just three wins in 16 career starts with eight seconds and a third place finish. She has yet to break through in graded stakes action but has been close more than her share of times. Fantasy of Flight breaks from the rail Saturday at 9-2 odds with John Velazquez in the saddle in her first start for trainer Todd Pletcher - just her second start over one mile.
Royal Lahaina - another new Todd Pletcher pupil raced in stakes company for the first time April 20 in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap and finished fifth for her worst effort in a while. Before that effort was three straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores at Aqueduct - the last being March 29 and the others coming February 15 and December 14. Last time out was a second to Summer Applause in the minor Lady's Secret Stakes after a fifth in the Grade 3 Shuvee Stakes July 20 and a nice score in the minor Mariensky Stakes at Belmont Park June 7. She has six wins, five seconds and two third place finishes in her 23 career starts. Royal Lahaina is 6-1 on the morning line and departs from post 7 Saturday.
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Lady Cohiba - Chris Clemente filly has four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 11 career starts. She won the Summer Guest Stakes at Saratoga last August 17 and didn't taste victory again until last time out - the minor Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga September 2. Her only graded stakes action came in November - a fourth in the Grade 1 Gazelle but she has placed in five of six overall. She will be in tough against some quality runners and enters in so-so form. Junior Alvarado will be in the reigns from post 3. Lady Cohiba is currently listed at 6-1 odds on the morning line.
Moon Philly - had a nice streak of four wins and three seconds in seven races in the fall and winter including wins in the minor Nellie Morse Racing Media Stakes and the Maryland Racing Media Stakes but has struggled a tad in her next two starts. She was fifth in the Grade 3 Distaff Stakes at Pimlico in May and followed that with another fifth in the minor Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park June 30. She returned to the winner's circle last time out in the minor Justakiss Stakes at Delaware Park October 7 after three straight fourth place finishes including the Grade 3 Shuvee at Saratoga July 20. Moon Filly will leave from post 5 at 10-1 odds.
Roman Invader - David Jacobson trained mare has 38 career starts with seven wins, 10 seconds and seven third place finishes but only made her graded stakes debut last time out - a fifth in the Grade 1 Beldame on this track September 28 after a win in her stakes debut - the minor Parlo Stakes over Street Secret here September 19. She had placed in just two of five Allowance Optional Claiming races this year before that. Roman Invader has drawn the far outside post and is 12-1 on the morning line with David Cohen in the reigns.
Stanwyck - John Sherreffs trained filly makes her stakes debut this Saturday having recorded two wins, a second and three third place finishes in nine career starts. She has failed to place in three starts this year - a fourth at Santa Anita in February, a seventh in an Allowance Optional Claiming in June and a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in July. Stanwyck is the longest shot in the field at 20-1 odds and departs from post 4.