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Las Vegas, NV - Del Mar in the great state of California will be the scene of the Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes on Saturday, August 8. A purse of $250,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Del Mar's turf track.
A field of nine older females will line up in the John C. Mabee - race 8 on Del Mar's Saturday card. Post time is 5:40 PM. Let's look into the past performances of all nine entries for this Grade 2 stakes.
Fanticola 5/2 - Canadian bred Phil D'Amato trained mare raced in graded stakes company for the first time April 18 and finished a good second in the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap. She followed that with another runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes May 25 and a terrific win last time out in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes June 27. Fanticola now has five wins, five seconds and six third place finishes in 17 career starts - competitive every time out. She looks to keep the serious upward trend going Saturday and for her second straight graded stake score from post 3 with Joe Talamo in the reins of the morning line favorite.
Emotional Kitten 4/1 - won the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes in November, 2013 and has just one win since - an Allowance at Keeneland in October. She enters off a fourth in the minor Perfect Sling Stakes at Belmont Park July 3 which followed a good second in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico in May. She also had a sixth in Allowance in April and a fourth in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes in November the last year. Emotional Kitten now has five wins, four seconds and three third place finishes in 24 career starts but has placed in just one of her last four starts overall. Gary Stevens has been tabbed to change the fortunes around of Emotional Kitten when they leave from gate 2.
Stormy Lucy 4/1 - only multiple graded stakes winner in the field returned to the track after nine months away on June 27 and finished third in the Grade2 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita. Before the layoff was a fourth in the Grade 3 Yellow Ribbon Handicap last September, a fourth in the 2014 John C. Mabee Stakes and a seventh in the 2014 Royal Heroine. She won the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes in March, 2014 and the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap a month later so we know she can run. Unfortunately Stormy Lucy has placed in just one of her last five starts overall and races for just the second time in 11 months. Rafael Bejarano will be in the reins trying to rediscover Stormy Lucy's early/2014 form from gate 4.
Queen of The Sand 7/2 - Patrick Gallagher trained Irish bred mare had four wins, a second and three third place finishes at home before shipping to North America. She has been up and down in her eight North American starts. Last time out was a second behind Fanticola in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes June 27 which followed an eighth in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes May 25 and a nice over Fanticola win in the Grade 1 Santa Barbara Stakes in April. She also has two Allowance scores since shipping and a win in the minor Kathryn Crosby Stakes on this track in November with a seventh and an eighth place finish scattered in there. Queen of the Sand has been very good at times, not so good at others. Drayden Van Dyke has been tabbed with establishing a little consistency from post 7.
Elektrum 6/1 - John Sadler Irish bred filly had two wins, two second and two thirds in 10 starts at home before shipping but finished fifth in her only stakes action - the Group 2 Premio Oaks d'Italia in May of last year. Her first two starts in North America resulted in runner-up finishes in Allowance Optional Claiming races and she went on to an Allowance Optional Claiming score in April. Last time out was an OK fourth in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes May 25 - her only North American graded stakes action to date. She has been decent this year and looks for a breakthrough in stakes company from gate 8 with Victor Espinoza aboard.
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Blingismything 12/1 - won two straight Allowance Optional Claiming races this past winter for trainer Eric Kruljac and ender her 2014 campaign with a seventh in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes here December 27. Blingismything has placed in five of six starts this year - a win three starts back in the Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes April 26 being by far his best result. He enters off his worst effort in some time - a sixth in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes June 27 which followed a third place finish in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes May 25. Blingismything has been competitive almost every time out and hopes for a bounceback effort Saturday from the outside post 9. Tyler Baze has the mount.
Notte d'Oro 15/1 - Michael Stidham trained filly has four wins and two seconds in six career starts. She enters off consecutive runner-up finishes - the minor Lady Canterbury Stakes July 11 and the minor Minnesota HBPA Distaff in June. She did win the minor Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds in January but failed to place in her next three starts - an eighth in the Grade 3 Orchid Stakes in March included - her only graded stakes action to date. Notte d'Oro has looked OK lately but could be in over her head in this one. Flavien Prat will be in the saddle Saturday from the rail.
Personal Diary 15/1 - Victoria Oliver trained filly has placed in nine of 15 career starts - her best result being a win a year ago at 9/1 odds in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oak. She finished third in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in October but has failed to place in her last four starts overall. She enters on the heels of consecutive seventh place finishes - the Grade 3 Mint Julep Handicap June 6 and the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile in May after consecutive fourths - the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes in April and the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes in November. Personal Diary hasn't looked good lately but hopes to change all of that around Saturday from post 5 with Brice Blanc in the irons.
Gusto Dolce 20/1 - had 13 starts in her native Uruguay with four wins and two second place finishes with a couple of stakes wins back in 2013. She has just two starts in North America - a second last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming June 19 followed a sixth in a similar race in February. Gusto Dolce steps up in less-than-spectacular form from gate 6 with Martin Pedroza guiding the longest shot in the field.
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