Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Futurity Stakes comes our way this Saturday, October 17 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. A purse of $200,000 will be on the line for two year olds willing to go six furlongs on Belmont Park's dirt track.
A field of six juveniles will take to the track in the Futurity Stakes - race 3 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:01. Here is a peek into the past performances of all six combatants for this Grade 2 stakes - all of which will be looking for their first graded stakes victory.
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Ready Dancer - debuted with a third place finish July 4 and got better in his next two starts for trainer Todd Pletcher - a 2 1/2 length maiden score in his third career start - August 29 at Saratoga after a second in a MSW August 1. Ready Dancer made a rather unsuccessful graded stakes debut last time out - an eighth after getting bumped and being forced wide in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes on this very track October 3. He had been improving every time out before her last start and hopes for a bounce back Saturday from gate 4 with John Velazquez in the reins.
Full Salute - has placed in all five career starts for trainer Edward Plesa - two wins and three third place finishes. Last time out was his first ever stakes score - the minor Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx September 26 which followed consecutive runner-up finishes in minor stakes races at Monmouth Park. Full Salute has been competitive every time out so far and hopes to keep the roll going Saturday. Paco Lopez picks up the mount on the most accomplished entry from the outside post 6.
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Manhattan Dan - has a win, a second and a third place finish in four career starts for trainer Gary Contessa. Last time out was a respectable third on turf in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine September 12 after a maiden score also on turf in his third career start - at Saratoga August 19, a second and a seventh respectively to start his career. He has placed in three straight races ahead of this weekend and hopes to continue improving from post 5 with Javier Castellano aboard.
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King Kranz - John Terranova trained colt will hit the track for the third time in his career looking for his first win. Last time out was a third in a MSW on this track September 19 with a respectable 93 Beyer Speed Figure after a fifth in his debut at Saratoga August 22. King Kranz hasn't won yet but hopes to turn all of that around Saturday - from the rail with Luis Saez aboard.
Annual Report - Kiaran McLaughlin trained colt will race for just the second time Saturday - the first being a maiden score at Parx September 20. Joe Bravo has been tabbed to keep Annual Report's perfect record intact when he departs from gate 2.
Legend Keeper - has a win, a second and a third place finish in three career starts for trainer David Jacobson - all at Gulfstream Park. He broke maiden last time out August 22 after a third and a second respectively to start his career. Cornelio Velasquez gets the call Saturday in Legend Keeper's stakes debut - from post 3.
2015 Futurity Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 3 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 2:01 PM.
|1||King Kranz||Luis Saez||John Terranova, II|
|2||Annual Report||Joe Bravo||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|3||Legend Keeper||Cornelio Velasquez||David Jacobson|
|4||Ready Dancer||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|5||Manhattan Dan||Javier Castellano||Gary Contessa|
|6||Full Salute||Paco Lopez||Edward Plesa, Jr.|