Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, February 21 from a very busy Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A group of three year old fillies will take to Gulfstream's dirt track and go one mile searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and the 50 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Oaks.
A full field of 14 will take to the track in the Davona Dale - race 8 on Gulfstream's stacked Saturday schedule. Here is a look into the past performances of all 14 entries for this Grade 2 stakes.
Eskenformoney - Todd Pletcher trained filly has seven career starts with two wins and two second place finishes. She enters on a tidy two race wins streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming January 16 and a maiden score December 16 by 9 3/4 lengths in her sixth career start - both on this track. Eskenformoney steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday looking to make it three in a row - from post 2 with Javier Castellano aboard.
Jacaranda - Michael Hushion trained filly will look to remain perfect in her career - she has two starts and two impressive wins by a combined 8 1/2 lengths. Last time out it came in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct November 2 after a maiden score at Belmont Park September 1. Jose Ortiz has been tabbed to keep the roll going aboard the 120 pound highweight from post 3.
Birdatthewire - made her stakes debut January 24 one to remember - a win in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes on this track for trainer Dale Romans. She finally broke maiden before that in her fourth career start - at Churchill Downs November 29 after a fourth, a second and a third respectively in MSW races to start her career. Birdatthewire looks to keep an impressive run going and for a third straight win Saturday with Cory Lanerie in the saddle from gate 4.
Cavorting - has three career starts with two wins. Last time out was a troubled seventh in the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park October 4 which followed a terrific win in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga August 10 an 11 length a maiden score in wire-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park July 3. She looked great two back but not so good last time out. Cavorting races for the first time in 4 1/2 months looking to right the ship from post 12 with Irad Ortiz guiding her.
Lassofthemohicans - improving Brendan Walsh trained filly has placed in all five career starts - one win and four second place finishes. She made her stakes debut last time out and finishes a good second in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes here January 24 after easily breaking maiden by five lengths - on this track December 28 and three runner-up finishes in her first three career starts. Paco Lopez will be in the irons Saturday as Lassofthemohicans attempt to keep the upward trend going from the rail.
Skipalute - Eddie Kenneally trained filly has four runner-up finishes in six career starts but is coming off a DNF after being eased in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes here January 24. Before that were two of her second place finishes- the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes behind 2-year-old Filly Champion Take Charge Brandi November 22 and in the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park October 5. Skipalute had been competitive every time out before a major hiccup last time out and will hope for a strong bounce back from the post 5 with Jose Lezcano in the irons.
Puca - Bill Mott pupil finally broke maiden two back - by an astounding 16 lengths at Belmont Park October 1 in her third career start and was sixth last time out in her step into stakes action - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She began her career with a seventh and followed that with a third place finish also in MSW. She has been OK with a win and a third in four career starts but looks for a first stakes score this weekend from post 6 with Joel Rosario guiding her.
Ekati's Phaeton - William Kaplan trainee is coming off a fourth in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes here which followed a nice win in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes on this track, a close second in the minor House Party Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 29, a sixth in the minor Our Dear Peggy Stakes on grass in October and consecutive wins - a MSW and an incredible 10 1/4 length Allowance score with a terrific 90 Beyer Speed Figure on this track this past summer. She now has three wins (all on this track) and a second place finish in six career starts and will be looking to shake off an average outing last time out. Luis Saez gets the call from post 10.
Enchantress - Todd Pletcher trained filly has four career starts with two wins but hasn't fared well in stakes action. Last time out was an eighth in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes here and the other stakes race resulted in a fifth in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes November 2 at Aqueduct. She won her debut at Keeneland and posted an Allowance Optional Claiming score by an impressive five lengths on this track December 13 but has looked out of place against top competition. Enchantress looks to break through in stakes company when she leaves from post 9 with John Velazquez in the saddle.
Money'soncharlotte - Kelly Breen trained filly has four career starts with two wins and a third place finish. She enters off an OK third in the minor Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds January 17 after a great win in her stakes debut - the minor Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 29. Money'soncharlotte steps into graded stakes company for the first time in decent form - with Edgar Prado in the irons from the far outside post.
Distinta - Gustavo Delgado trained filly has four career starts with a win and two second place finishes. She made her stakes debut last time out and finished sixth in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes here January 24 after finally breaking maiden in her third career start - January 3 on this track. Before that was a pair of seconds in similar races in Florida this winter. Edgard Zayas has been tabbed to ride Distinta from post 7.Silverpocketsfull
- Ian Wilkes trained filly has three career starts with a win, a second and a third place finish. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming here January 16 and a maiden score - at Churchill Downs November 9. Julien Leparoux will be in charge in Silverpocketsfull's step up from gate 8.
Danessa Deluxe - has two wins and two seconds in five career starts for trainer Antonio Sano and was last seen running fourth in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes November 22. Before that was a two race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream Park West October 29 and a maiden score October 3. She has been OK in her career but looks for a stakes breakthrough Saturday from gate 11 with Jesus Rios in the saddle.
Genre - Todd Pletcher trained filly makes her stakes debut Saturday having posted a win and a second place finish in three career starts. Last time out was a career worst effort however - a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track January 16. She hopes to make a little noise Saturday with Rajiv Maragh in the reins from post 13.
Race 8 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:00 PM.
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