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OffTrackBetting.com - Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, New York will play host to the G3 Go For Wand Handicap this Saturday, December 3. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Aqueduct's dirt track and race one mile for the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.
A field of seven distaffers will take to the track in the Go for Wand Handicap - race 8 on Aqueduct's Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:43 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all seven combatants for this intriguing G3 stakes - NYRA's final graded stakes of 2016.
Bar of Gold - won her first three career starts - all at Aqueduct for trainer John Kimmel and has been up and down in 12 starts since. She enters off a terrific 18 lengths win with a 117 Beyer Speed Figure in the minor Empire Distaff Handicap at Belmont Park October 22, a respectable third in the G2 Presque Isle Downs Masters September 19, a seventh in the G2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga July 27, a decent third in the G3 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Belmont Park June 25 and a nice win in the minor Critical Eye Stakes at Belmont Park May 30. Before that was an OK third in the G3 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct April 17, a disappointing sixth in the G2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park March 19 and three straight runner-up finishes - the G2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes October 17, 2015 the G2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga last September and in the G1 Test Stakes in August, 2015. She now has five wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 13 career starts - competitive virtually every time out. Bar of Gold looks for her first ever graded stakes score and arrives off a superb effort last time out. She departs from post 7 Monday with Joel Rosario guiding the 121 pound highweight.
Highway Star - lightly raced Rodrigo Ubillo trained filly has four wins and a third place finish in her six career starts and races in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday. She enters on a nice two race win streak - the minor New York Stallion Series Stakes last time out on this track November 13 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park September 28 - she earned an 83 Beyer Speed Figure in both races. Before that was a third in the minor Fleet Indian Stakes August 29 and a fourth in the minor New York Stallion Series Stakes August 11 - both at Saratoga. Highway Star has been a factor every time out and hopes to be again in her step up in competition with Angel Arroyo in the irons from post 5.
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Wonder Gal - Leah Gyarmati trained filly has three wins, two seconds and five third place finishes in 15 career starts and has four G1 placings. Last time out was a tenth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint which followed a fifth in the G2 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park October 1, an Allowance Optional Claiming score by 11 lengths at Saratoga September 2, another fifth in the G2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes at Laurel Park in February, a third in the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct January 10 and another third in the G3 Comely Stakes November 28. She's also had a good win in the minor Empire Distaff Handicap last October, a second in the G2 Mother Goose Stakes in June, 2015 and a third in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Wonder Gal has been in there with some top field and has been OK for the most part. She has failed to place in three of her last four starts ahead of this weekend however, hasn't recorded a stakes win in over a year and hopes to change her fortunes around from gate 4. Kendrick Carmouche rides.
High Ridge Road - has placed in seven of eight career starts for trainer Linda Rice - three wins, a second and three third place finishes. Last time out was her only off-the-board finish - a fourth in the minor Lady's Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park July 4. Before that were two straight Allowance scores at Laurel Park in the spring and a third in an Allowance on this track in January. High Ridge Road has been decent so far and will chase a career-defining win from the outside post 7 Saturday at a distance she's won all three career starts on this track. Junior Alvarado has been tabbed to ride.
Cayman Croc - has placed in 11 of 14 career starts for trainer Kelly Breen - four wins, three seconds and four third place finishes. She has been decent lately against lesser company - consecutive thirds in Allowance races at Parx followed a second in the minor Winter Melody Stakes at Delaware Park September 14 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Parx in June. Her only graded stakes action resulted in a fifth in the 2014 G1 Frizette Stakes - her second career start. Cayman Croc searches for her first stakes win Saturday when she departs from gate 2 with Manuel Franco in the saddle.
Burn Control - has 17 career starts for trainer Kathleen Demasi with four wins, five seconds and three third place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a second, just ahead of Cayman Croc in an Allowance November 13, an Allowance Optional Claiming score October 16 and an eighth in a similar race September 27 - all at Parx. She placed in three straight before that - the best being a third in the minor My Juliet Stakes at Parx in May. Burn Control steps up in so-so form and will be after a first stakes win from gate 6. Paco Lopez has the mount.
Camille Claudel - Francis Abbott trained mare has four wins, four seconds and a third place finish in 16 career starts. She arrives off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Parx November 7, a third in a similar race on that track October 16 and a fourth in the minor Shine Again Stakes at Laurel Park in September. She has three graded stakes starts in her career but failed to place in any - a sixth in the G3 Eatontown Stakes in June, an eighth in the G3 Distaff Stakes in May and a fourth in the 2014 G2 Gulfstream Oaks but has been OK against lesser company lately. Camille Claudel shoots for a first stakes win Saturday from the rail with Dylan Davis aboard.
Race 8 on Aqueduct's Saturday card with a Post Time of 3:43 PM.
|1||Camille Claudel||20-1||Dylan Davis||Francis Abbott, III|
|2||Cayman Croc||15-1||Manuel Franco||Kelly Breen|
|3||Bar of Gold||8-5||Joel Rosario||John Kimmel|
|4||Wonder Gal||9-5||Kendrick Carmouche||Leah Gyarmati|
|5||Highway Star||8-1||Angel Arroyo||Rodrigo Ubillo|
|6||Burn Control||12-1||Alan Garcia||Kathleen Demasi|
|7||High Ridge Road||6-1||Junior Alvarado||Linda Rice|
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