Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational is on tap for Belmont Park in Elmont, New York this Saturday, July 4. A nice purse of $1 million will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to go 1 1/4 miles on Belmont Park's turf track.
A full field of 14 three year old fillies will line up in the Belmont Oaks Invitational - race 10 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:46 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 14 combatants for this intriguing Grade 1 stakes - a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
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2015 Belmont Oaks Invitational Race Favorite Entries
Lady Eli - Chad Brown trained filly hasn't been touched so far in her five race career - five starts and five wins. Last time out was in the minor Wonder Again Stakes here May 31 after a win in the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes in April and a career defining 2 3/4 length win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Lady Eli was an Eclipse Award finalist last year and looks to be on an Eclipse Award winning track again. She hopes to keep he impressive roll going Saturday when she lines up in Gate 2 with Irad Ortiz guiding her. The Oaks will be her longest race to date but she' pretty tough to bet against indeed.
Spanish Queen - will race for the fifth time for trainer Richard Baltas having recorded three wins and a second place finish so far - she has earned Beyer Speed Figures of 96 and 97 for her past two starts. . She enters off a terrific win in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita June 30 which followed another 1 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Stakes May 3, a good second, a neck back in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes April 4 and a maiden score at first asking March 5. Brice Blanc has been tabbed to keep the incredible roll going from gate 6.
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Consumer Credit - Chad Brown trained filly has eight career starts with four wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She enters having won four of her last six starts - the minor Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct April 23 and a three race win streak - by a length in the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant Stakes in January, in the minor Wait a While Stakes by a dominant 3 3/4 lengths November 29 and a maiden score by 2 1/4 lengths in her third career start. She enters off a third place finish in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita May 30 and she did have a respectable second in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks March 7 over that span as well. She has looked good in her career and should be in the mix Saturday. Junior Alvarado has the mount from post 7.
Strict Compliance - Chad Brown trained filly will make her graded stakes debut Saturday having posted three wins and a second place finish in four career starts. She enters on the heels of a three race win streak - the minor Penn Oaks May 30, an Allowance score at Keeneland April 19 and a maiden score in March in her second career start. Strict Compliance will look to make it four straight wins in her step up in competition when she leaves from the outside post 14 with Javier Castellano aboard.
Outstanding - Aidan O'Brien trained Irish bred filly makes her North American debut Saturday after four career starts produced two wins. She arrives off two straight stakes wins at Naas - the last coming June 24 after failing to hit the board in her first two starts. Outstanding is certainly trending upward ahead of this weekend, will wear lasix for the first time and will have Colm O'Donohue aboard from post 10 Saturday.
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Sentiero Italia - has three career starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin with two wins. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off an Allowance score here May 28 and after breaking maiden April 19 - in her second career start. Luis Saez will be in charge hoping to make it three straight wins for Sentiero Italia - from gate 11.
Pine Needles - Christophe Clement trained filly has four career starts with two wins, a second and a third place finish. She enters off an OK third after setting the pace in the minor Wonder Again Stakes here May 31, a second in the minor Memories of Silver Stakes and two straight victories to start her career. Pine Needles has been competitive so far in limited action and hopes to be again Saturday - from the rail with Jose Ortiz in the saddle.
Miss Chatelaine - Christophe Clement trained filly won the minor Chelsea Flower Stakes here in October in her second career start after winning at first asking. She has just one other career start - a sixth in the minor Wonder Again Stakes May 31 after seven months away from the track. She looks for her first graded stakes score Saturday when she departs from post 5 with Rajiv Maragh guiding her.
Olorda - German bred Michael Figge trained filly won the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux at Longchamp in France May 3 and followed that with a respectable third last time out in the Group 1 Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary on that same track May 24. She has two wins and two third place finishes in five career starts and will make an anticipated North American debut Saturday. John Velazquez has been tabbed to ride this intriguing filly from gate 8.
Sharla Rae - Doug O'Neill trained filly has 11 career starts with four wins, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was a somewhat disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita May 30 after a good second behind Spanish Queen in the Grade2 Honeymoon Stakes May 3, a respectable third in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks March 21 at Turfway Park and a win in the minor California Stakes at Golden Gate February 7. She's also mixed in some unflattering results in her career including a ninth in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes in November. Sharla Rae has a win, a second and a third place finish in her last four starts and will be looking for a bounce back effort his weekend. Joel Rosario gets the call from post 3.
Itsonlyactingdad - has two wins and a second place finish in four career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. She enters off a fourth in her stakes debut - the minor Wonder Again Stakes here May 30 after two straight wins this past spring. Itsonlyactingdad makes her graded stakes debut Saturday in so-so form - from gate 4 with Christophe Soumillon.
Gypsy Judy - has placed in five of seven career starts for trainer Robin Graham - two wins, a second and two third place finishes. She made her graded stakes debut two starts back and finished eighth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes May 15 and followed that with an OK third in the minor Penn Oaks May 30. She had a respectable third in the minor Caesar's Wish Stakes, a nice win in the minor Wide Country Stakes February 16 and a maiden score January 8 in her third career start to start her year as well. Gypsy Judy has been decent in her career, looks for her first graded stakes score and departs from gate 9 with Cornelio Velasquez in the reins.
Daring Duchess - legendary trainer Bill Mott sends out Darin Duchess. She has six career starts with two wins and a second place finish so far. Last time out was an Allowance score at Churchill Downs May 9 which followed a fourth in a similar race in April and a maiden score in March in her fourth career start. She steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday having won two of her last three starts - in OK form. Jose Lezcano gets the call from post 12.
Lady Zuzu - has a win, a second and three third place finishes in eight career starts for trainer D Wayne Lukas. She enters off a decent second in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs May 13 and a pair of thirds in stakes action - the minor Hilltop Stakes May 15 and the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes May 1. Lady Zuzu has improved with every start lately and could be a factor Saturday. James Graham has been tabbed to ride from post 13.
2015 Belmont Oaks Invitational Entries & Odds
Race 10 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:46 PM.
|1||Pine Needles||J. Ortiz||C. Clement|
|2||Lady Eli||I. Ortiz, Jr.||C. Brown|
|3||Sharla Rae||J. Rosario||D. O'Neill|
|4||Itsonlyactingdad||C. Soumillon||T. Pletcher|
|5||Miss Chatelaine||R. Maragh||C. Clement|
|6||Spanish Queen||B. Blanc||R. Baltas|
|7||Consumer Credit||J. Alvarado||C. Brown|
|8||Olorda (GER)||J. Velazquez||M. Figge|
|9||Gypsy Judy||C. Velasquez||R. Graham|
|10||Outstanding (IRE)||C. O'Donoghue||A. O'Brien|
|11||Sentiero Italia||L. Saez||K. McLaughlin|
|12||Daring Duchess||J. Lezcano||W. Mott|
|13||Lady Zuzu||J. Graham||D. Lukas|
|14||Strict Compliance||J. Castellano||C. Brown|