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Las Vegas, NV - Belmont Park in Elmont, New York will play host to the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap this Saturday, May 16. A purse of $150,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares four years old and upward willing to go 6 1/2 furlongs on Belmont Park's dirt track.
A small field of five will take part in the Vagrancy Handicap - race 6 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:59 PM. Here is a glance into the past performances of all five combatants for this Grade 3 stakes.
La Verdad - speedy Linda Rice trained filly has 11 wins and two second place finishes in 17 career starts and has two wins and a second place finish in her last four starts. Last time out was a good win by 5 1/4 lengths in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap (for the second straight year) at Aqueduct April 18 which followed a disappointing seventh in the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap in November, a win in the minor Iroquois Stakes October 18 and a good second in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap September 20. She also had a four race win streak at this time last year - the minor Dancin Renee Stakes July 3, the minor Critical Eye Stakes May 31, the 2014 Distaff Handicap and the minor Broadway Stakes in March. She had a five race win streak earlier in her career as well. La Verdad has been as competitive as they come but has delivered the occasional dud as well. Jose Ortiz will be in the saddle of the 121 pound highweight from the rail.
Frivolity - has placed in five straight races ahead of this weekend for trainer David Jacobson. Her best career result came last time out - a runner-up finish behind La Verdad in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct April 18. Before that was a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming, an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Laurel Park January 15 and a pair of thirds to end 2014. Frivolity has improved every time out and hopes to continue the upward trend from post 5 with Angel Cruz guiding her.
Mamdooha - impressive Kiaran McLaughlin trained filly has five wins, a second and a third place finish in seven career starts and enters off a decent third in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct April 18. Before that were five straight wins - four minor stakes scores including the Correction Stakes March 14 and a year away. Before the layoff were wins in the Cicada Stakes, the Ruthless Stakes and the Gin Talking Stakes. Mamdooha proved that she belongs in top company and will be out to take the next step Saturday with Irad Ortiz guiding her from post 3.
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Room for Me - will race in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday but enters in the best form of her career - three straight wins by a combined 27 1/4 lengths ahead of this weekend. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track May 8 with followed a Starter Stakes score March 21 and a Claiming win in February. Room For Me looks more than ready for her graded stakes bow and will leave from gate 4 with Cornelio Velasquez in the reins.
Sustainable - has two wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 11 career starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and races in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday. She enters off a fourth in the minor Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico April 18, an Allowance score at Aqueduct Match 22 and consecutive third in similar races this past winter. Sustainable did have a pair of runner-up finishes in minor stakes action last year but has yet to record a stakes score. Junior Alvarado hopes to change all that from post 2.
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