Las Vegas, NV - Gulfstream Park in beautiful Hallandale Beach, Florida will play host to the Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes this Saturday, March 15. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will be featured as they go one mile on Gulfstream's turf track searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
A field of eight older females plus one Main Track Only entry have been confirmed for the Honey Fox - race 10 on Gulfstream's Saturday card. Post time is 5:36 PM. Here is a glance into the past performances of all nine combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.
Centre Court - defending champion in this race was last seen running eighth in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga in August after which she was forced into a seven month layoff. She has five graded stakes wins but had a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes behind Laughing July 27 after a fourth in the Just a Game Stakes after getting caught in traffic June 8 - both results before the Ballston Spa. Before her recent three race slump was a three race win streak - the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley April 13, the 2013 Honey Fox at Gulfstream March 16 and the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs four months earlier. She has six wins and four seconds in 14 career starts but saddles up for the first time since August - looking to get back to the form that saw her win three straight at this time last year. Julien Leparoux who rode her to victory in last year's Honey Fox will be aboard from gate 6.
Parranda - won the Millions Filly and Mare Turf Preview Stakes here November 9 and also won the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes January 18. Last time out was yet another win in the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes on this track February 8 - it's safe to say that she is in superb form! She also had a win in the Our Dear Peggy Stakes also on this track in September. Her lone poor result the last six months was an OK fourth in the Grade 3 My Charmer at Calder December 7. Parranda has won four of her last five starts and has four straight wins on this track ahead of this weekend. She will have Elvis Trujillo in the saddle from post 5.
Tapicat - legendary Bill Mott sends out Tapicat who has four wins, a second and three third place finishes in 10 career starts. Tapicat won three in a row last year including the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs way back on February 2, a one mile Allowance Optional Claiming score by 5 1/4 January 9 at Gulfstream and a MSW score before that. She won the minor Voodoo Dancer Stakes at Gulfstream January 1 to start 2014 after a disappointing fifth in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes in November, a second in the listed Pebbles Stakes in October and another fifth in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes in August. Last time out was an OK third in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita February 17. Tapicat has been competitive in almost every race she has entered but has just one graded stakes score to her credit. She is 4-for-4 on Gulfstream turf however. John Velazquez gets the call from post 7.
Kitten's Point - H. Graham Motion trained filly has hit the board in six of her seven career starts - the only time she didn't was a twelfth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2012. A win on this track last March in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes was her career highlight. She has just two starts since - a third in the Grade 1 Ashand Stakes was followed by a 10 month layoff and an Allowance Optional Claiming score last time out here February 8. She has won two of three starts on this track and will have regular rider Edgar Prado aboard from the far outside post.
Effie Trinket - Richard Violette trainee made her graded stakes debut November 16 and finished a very good second in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes after winning three of her previous four starts and finishing second in the other. The wins include the minor Ticonderoga Stakes October 19, the minor John Hettinger Stakes at Belmont Park September 15 after second in the minor Auntie Mame Stakes at Saratoga August 10, a win in the minor Diamondrella Stakes at Belmont Park in July and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in May. She has six wins, two seconds and one third place finish in 11 career starts and enters in the best form of her short career. She starts from the rail with Luis Saez aboard.
Triple Arch - raced in graded stakes company for the first time last time out and finished a good third in the Grade 2 Sabin Stakes here February 16 after a second ahead of Gamay Noir in an Allowance on this track January 29, a fourth in the minor Voodoo Dancer Stakes here January 1 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score here December 8. She also had a good result December 12 at Calder - a second in the minor Frances A. Genter Stakes. Triple Arch has three wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 12 career starts and has placed in three of her last four starts ahead of the Honey Fox. Orlando Bocachica gets the call from gate 3.
Triple Charm - British bred Christophe Clement trained mare has 15 starts in Europe with four wins and two second place finishes before debuting in North America with a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track January 15. Last time out however was an Allowance Optional Claiming score here February 6. Joe Bravo has the mount from gate 2.
Run a Risk - had six starts in 2013 with one win - an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Saratoga in August, two seconds - the best being in the minor Ellis Park Turf Stakes in July and a pair of thirds including in an Allowance last time out at Keeneland in October. She has raced twice in graded stakes company in the past - a twelfth in the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View in October 2012 and a sixth in the Grade 3 Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs in June 2013. She races for the first time since October and enters in so-so form. Joe Rocco will be aboard from gate 4.
Sonja's Angel - Main Track Only entry may make her stakes debut Saturday after 32 career starts resulted in nine wins, six seconds and five third place finishes. She has won two straight races on this track however - both Starter Optional Claiming races.
Race 10 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:36 PM.
||R. Violette, Jr.
||Triple Charm (GB)
||Run a Risk
||J. Rocco, Jr.
||G. Arnold, II
||G. Arnold, II