OffTrackBetting.com - Belmont Park in Elmont, New York will be the scene of the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes this Saturday, July 9. A purse of $1 million will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to race 1 1/4 miles on Belmont Park's turf track.
A talented and deep field of 13 sophomore females will line up in the Belmont Oaks Invitational - race 10 on Belmont Park's incredible Stars & Stripes Festival Saturday card. Post time is 5:46 PM. Let's take a peek into the last performances of all 13 entries for this lucrative Grade 1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" qualifier to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in November at Santa Anita Park.
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Catch a Glimpse 2-1 - Canadian Sovereign Award winner for 2015 Horse of the Year, Champion Grass Mare and Champion 2 Year Old Filly has seven wins (all on turf - six graded stakes) in eight career starts for trainer Mark Casse and enters on the heels of a terrific seven race win streak - the Grade 1 Penn Mile by 2 1/4 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion last time out against the boys June 4, the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 6, the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 14, the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream February 27, on the biggest stage - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, by five lengths in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine September 12, and an Allowance score in August on that same track. Catch a Glimpse has been on fire and will be after her eighth straight graded stakes score Saturday. Florent Geroux will be in the irons looking to keep an uber-impressive streak going in her longest race to date from gate 12 as the morning line favorite.
Ballydoyle 3-1 - Irish bred Aidan O'Brien trained filly has three wins and three seconds in eight career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday off a sixth in a Group 1 race at Chantilly June 19, a second in the Group 1 One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket in May, a terrific win in the Group 1 Criterium des Pouliches in France in October, another second in a Group 2 stakes in September and another win in the Group 2 Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes in August. Ballydoyle was one of the more impressive three year old fillies in Europe before a dud last time out and will be looking for a strong rebound from post 7 Saturday. Colm O'Donoghue is scheduled to ride the morning line second choice.
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Time and Motion 6-1 - has six career starts for trainer James Toner with three wins and a third place finish. She enters on a nice three race win streak - the listed Wonder Again Stakes last time out on this track June 5, the minor Memories Of Silver Stakes here April 24 and a MSW at Gulfstream in March. The streak followed a couple of OK results in graded stakes action - a fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and a third in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes here in September. Time and Motion has been very good lately and will be after her first graded stakes victory from gate 4 Saturday. John Velazquez has the mount on the third betting choice.
Harmonize 10-1 - Bill Mott trained filly won the minor PG Johnson Stakes in September in her second career starts and went on to a terrific win in the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland October 7. She was a somewhat disappointing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf but rebounded in her next start winning the minor Sanibel Island Handicap at Gulfstream in March. She's been OK since - a second last time out behind Time and Motion in the listed Wonder Again Stakes on this track June 5 followed a third in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 6. Harmonize has been competitive every time out and will be chasing her second graded stakes score from gate 6. Junior Alvarado rides.
Magnanime 10-1 - Fabrice Chappet trained British bred filly has two wins and a second place finish in five career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday off a fifth in a the Group 1 Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary in France May 16, a stakes win in France in April and a second in a stakes in February. Magnanime has been competitive and hopes for a major breakthough Saturday. Julien Leparoux gets the call from post 11.
Auntie Joy 12-1 - Brendan Walsh trained filly has three wins and a second place finish in six career starts and enters off a career-best effort - a win in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs June 18. Before that was a respectable second behind Catch a Glimpse in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes on that track May 6, a fifth in the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in April and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in March. Auntie Joy has shown steady improvement lately and hopes to keep that trend going from gate 8. Brian Joseph Hernandez will be in the irons.
Coolmore 12-1 - Aidan O'Brien trained Irish bred filly won the Group 3 C.L. & M.F. Weld Park Stakes in September but has failed to place in four starts since - all Group stakes races in Europe. Last time out was a fifth in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines June 19 after a tenth in the Group 1 Tattersalls Irish One Thousand Guineas in May. She looks to channel her form from last year in what could be a career-defining win. Jamie Spencer has been tabbed to ride from the outside post 13.
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Decked Out 15-1 - Keith Desormeaux trained filly has two wins, a second and three third place finishes in 10 career starts. She enters off consecutive disappointing fourths - in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Stakes last time out at Santa Anita June 19 and in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes on that track May 7. Before that was a career best effort - a 2 3/4 length win after racing in last in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita April 9, a fifth in the minor China Doll Stakes and consecutive thirds including the minor Sweet Life Stakes here February 14. Decked out had four graded stakes starts earlier in her career - a seventh in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes in January, a fifth in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes in September, a fourth in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes in August and a third in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes in July. She is the most experienced entry in the field but has failed to place in three of her last four starts. Decked Out hopes to rediscover her form from three starts ago when she leaves from gate 2 with Kent Desormeaux in the reins.
Land Over Sea 20-1 - Doug O'Neill trained filly will hit the track for the eleventh time Saturday off a disappointing sixth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20. That result followed a good second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 5, a career defining 4 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks March 26 and consecutive runner-up finishes - behind Songbird in the Grade 2 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita March 5 and behind Songbird in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes February 6. She's also posted a seventh behind Songbird in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile October 31, another respectable second behind Songbird in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita September 26 and a third behind Songbird yet again in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante September 5. Land Over Sea was on fire before an uncharacteristic effort last time out and will be out to avenge that performance. She departs from gate 10 with Mario Gutierrez aboard.
Pricedtoperfection 20-1 - Chad Brown trained filly has placed in six of seven career starts - two wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She finished ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and has been OK since - a second last time out in the listed Penn Oaks with a career best 85 Beyer Speed Figure June 4 followed a third in the minor Memories Of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct in April, a nice win in the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant Stakes January 30 and a second in the minor Ginger Brew Stakes four weeks earlier - the last two at Gulfstream Park. Pricedtoperfection, outside of one race has been a factor every time out and will be out for her first Grade 1 score from post 3. Irad Ortiz rides.
Noble Beauty 20-1 - has just three career starts for trainer Chad Brown with a win which came in her debut and a pair of runner-up finishes - behind Auntie Joy in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes last time out at Churchill Downs June 18 and the minor Honey Rider Stakes at Gulfstream in May. She has been a factor in every race so far and hopes to keep the roll going with Javier Castellano guiding her from post 5.
Last Waltz 30-1 - Chad Brown trained filly has a win, a second and three third place finishes in seven career starts. Last time out was a third behind Time and Motion and Pricedtoperfection in the listed Wonder Again Stakes here June 5 after a second behind Time and Motion in the minor Memories Of Silver Stakes on this track April 24 and a tenth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She has been OK so far in her career and shoots for her first stakes score from post 9 Saturday. Manuel Franco will be in the saddle.
Secure Access 30-1 - Shug McGaughey trained filly has a win and a third place finish in five career starts. She makes her stakes debut Saturday having failed to place in her last two starts - both on this track. Last time out was a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming June 2 after a sixth in an Allowance April 30. Those results followed her only career win - at Aqueduct in November. Secure Access steps up in less-than-spectacular form and will leave from the rail with Jose Ortiz aboard.
2016 Belmont Oaks Invitational Entries & Odds
Race 10 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:46 PM.
|1||Secure Access||30-1||Jose Ortiz||Claude McGaughey III|
|2||Decked Out||15-1||Kent Desormeaux||J. Desormeaux|
|3||Pricedtoperfection||20-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|4||Time and Motion||6-1||John Velazquez||James Toner|
|5||Noble Beauty||20-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|6||Harmonize||10-1||Junior Alvarado||William Mott|
|7||Ballydoyle (IRE)||3-1||Colm O'Donoghue||Aidan O'Brien|
|8||Auntie Joy||12-1||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Brendan Walsh|
|9||Last Waltz (IRE)||30-1||Manuel Franco||Chad Brown|
|10||Land Over Sea||20-1||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O'Neill|
|11||Magnanime (GB)||10-1||Julien Leparoux||Fabrice Chappet|
|12||Catch a Glimpse||2-1||Florent Geroux||Mark Casse|
|13||Coolmore (IRE)||12-1||Jamie Spencer||Aidan O'Brien|