OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 3 Pennine Ridge Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, June 4 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Three year olds will be featured when they take to Belmont Park's turf track and race 1 1/8 miles for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
A field of 10 have been confirmed for the Pennine Ridge Stakes - race 8 on Belmont Park's Saturday card. Post time is 5:13 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all 10 combatants for this Grade 3 stakes.
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Camelot Kitten - Chad Brown trained colt has two wins and two runner-up finishes in five career starts. He finished a strong second in the Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes as a juvenile at Keeneland October 4 and went on to a disappointing twelfth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He has just two starts since and has been very good - a second in an Allowance April 13 was followed by a career defining upset win last time out in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs May 7. Camelot Kitten has been competitive in all except one race and will try to keep a serious upward trend going from gate 2. Irad Ortiz has the mount.
Azar - has nine career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher with two wins and four third place finishes. He won the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga in September and had a runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park three weeks later before a disappointing thirteenth place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He has looked OK in four starts since - an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream February 28 was followed by a respectable second in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes April 2 and a somewhat disappointing fifth last time out in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs May 7. Azar has placed in three of five graded stakes starts and will be after his first victory against top company from gate 4 with John Velazquez in the saddle.
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Highland Sky - has five career starts for trainer Barclay Tagg with two wins and a second place finish. He enters off a good win in the minor $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes at Aqueduct April 23 which followed a second in the minor Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream March 26 and an OK sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He also had a fourth in the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes in September. Highland Sky chases his first graded stakes score and second straight stakes victory from post 5 Saturday. Luis Saez has been tabbed to ride.
Converge - Chad Brown trained colt has placed in three of five career starts but hasn't hit the board in his last two - a sixth last time out in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs May 7 followed a fourth in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland April 8. Before that was a terrific win the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream February 27, a decent runner-up finish n the minor Awad Stakes here October 30 and a maiden score at first asking - September 19 also at Belmont Park. Converge had been impressive but will be out to snap a two race funk from gate 8 Saturday. Junior Alvarado has been scheduled to ride.
Hammers Vision - Brian Lynch trained colt has a win, a second and a third place finish in five career starts. He finished third behind Exaggerator in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in his second career starts and has placed in just one of three starts since. Last time out was a second in an Allowance here May 7 after a fourth in the minor Cup and Saucer Stakes in October and a seventh in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine in September. Hammer's Vision looks for his fist stakes win Saturday in so-so form. Angel Arroyo rides from the rail.
Dressed in Hermes - has three wins and a third place finish in eight career starts for trainer Janet Armstrong and enters off a disappointing seventh in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs May 7 which followed a good win in the minor Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita March 13. Before that was a fourth in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes February 6 and a career best effort - a win in the Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar November 29. He's also posted a fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf October 30 and a win in the minor $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes here October 10. Dressed in Hermes has won two of his last four starts overall (both turf stakes) and will be after a strong bounce back after an uncharacteristic outing. Eric Cancel gets the call Saturday from gate 6.
Kismet's Heels - has three runner-up finishes in four career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher and enters off one of those seconds - a MSW at Keeneland April 24. Before that was an eighth in his only stakes action to date - the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream February 27 and consecutive seconds to start his career. Kismet's Heels looks for his first ever win Saturday from post 3. Christopher DeCarlo gets the call.
Call Provision - will hit the track for just the second time for trainer Chad Brown. His first start was a good one - a maiden score at Aqueduct April 16. Call Provision takes a major leap up in competition Saturday and will leave from post 7 with Jose Ortiz in the reins.
Noble Quality - Christophe Clement trained colt has two wins and a third place finish in five career starts. Last time out was an OK third in his stakes debut - in the minor English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream Park May 7 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track April 9 and a maiden score at Delaware Park in August. He has placed in three straight ahead of this weekend and will be after his first stakes score. Manuel Franco rides.
Toughest `Ombre - has just one win in six career starts for trainer Thomas Albertrani and has failed to place in his five others. Last time out was an unsuccessful stakes debut - a seventh in the minor Woodhaven Stakes at Aqueduct April 23 which followed a maiden score at Tampa Bay March 4 and a trio of fourth place finishes - one coming on this track. Toughest `Ombre hasn't been all that impressive so far but will be looking to make a statement from post 9 Saturday with Dylan Davis in the irons.
2016 Pennine Ridge Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:13 PM.
|1||Hammers Vision||8-1||Angel Arroyo||Brian Lynch|
|2||Camelot Kitten||8-5||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|3||Kismet's Heels||15-1||Christopher DeCarlo||Todd Pletcher|
|4||Azar||5-1||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|5||Highland Sky||8-1||Luis Saez||Barclay Tagg|
|6||Dressed in Hermes||10-1||Eric Cancel||Janet Armstrong|
|7||Call Provision||12-1||Jose Ortiz||Chad Brown|
|8||Converge||6-1||Junior Alvarado||Chad Brown|
|9||Toughest 'Ombre||30-1||Dylan Davis||Thomas Albertrani|
|10||Noble Quality||12-1||Manuel Franco||Christophe Clement|