Gazelle Stakes 2014 Contenders & Odds

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes comes our way from a very busy Aqueduct in Queens, New York on Saturday, April 5. A purse of $300,000 will be on the line for three years old fillies willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Aqueduct's dirt track.

A small but quality field of six three year old fillies will line up in the Gazelle - race 9 on Aqueduct's Saturday card. Post time is 5:06 PM. Let's take a glance into the credentials of all six entries for this Grade 3 stakes.

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Sweet Reason - has five career starts with three wins and a second place finish - the only off-the-board finish coming two back - a fourth beaten by only two lengths in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She started her career with two wins - the best of which came in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths at Saratoga in September and followed that with a second behind the terrific Untapable in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park in October before her BC attempt. Last time out she returned to the winner's circle with an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track March 7. She will have Irad Ortiz in the saddle from post 3 as the 8-5 morning line favorite.

My Miss Sophia - highly regarded Todd Pletcher trained filly will race for just the third time Saturday and make her stakes debut. She broke maiden by an impressive 11 lengths last time out on this track March 9 after a second in a similar race on that track February 9. Despite the lack of experience against top competition My Miss Sophia is the 9-5 second choice. She line up in post 4 with Javier Castellano aboard.

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Got Lucky - another Todd Pletcher trainee has not been worse than second in four career starts - a maiden win in her third career start and three second place finishes including the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes by a neck on this track November 30 and the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds last time out February 22. John Velazquez gets the call from gate 2 at 7-2 odds.

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Bird Maker - Ian Wilkes trained filly broke maiden in her second career start - at Churchill Downs November 3 and went on to a good second in the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs November 30. He has raced two straight Allowance Optional Claiming races ahead of this weekend - a fourth last time out behind In Tune at Gulfstream February 27 and a second before that on that same track January 31. Luis Contreras will ride from the outside post at 8-1 odds.

Vero Amore - has six career starts with two wins, two seconds and a third place finish - the seconds coming in minor stakes action on this track - the Ruthless Stakes January 12 and the Busher Stakes February 1. This after two straight wins at Parx. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday having placed in her last five starts overall including a third last time out against males in an Allowance. Jockey Jose Ortiz picks up the mount on Vero Amore - 12-1 on the morning line and breaking from post 5.

Wraith - finished third behind Sweet Reason last time out in an Allowance on this track after breaking maiden in her second career start - here January 17. Her only other career starts was an ugly tenth in a MSW on this track December 21. She departs from the rail with Rajiv Maragh in the saddle at 30-1 odds.

2014 Gazelle Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 9 on Aqueduct Racetrack's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:06 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Wraith R. Maragh M. Friedman
2 Got Lucky J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
3 Sweet Reason I. Ortiz, Jr. L. Gyarmati
4 My Miss Sophia J. Castellano T. Pletcher
5 Vero Amore J. Ortiz R. Reid, Jr.
6 Bird Maker L. Contreras I. Wilkes

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