OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 3 Delaware Oaks is on tap for this Saturday, July 9 from Delaware Park in Wilmington, Delaware. Three year old fillies will take to Delaware Park's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
A field of nine will give it a go in the Delaware Oaks - race 10 on Delaware Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:45 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all nine combatants for this intriguing Grade 3 stakes.
2016 Delaware Oaks Race Preview at Delaware Park
Kinsley Kisses 5-2 - will race for the fifth time for trainer Todd Pletcher having posted two wins and two third place finished so far - the last two against some pretty good fields. Last time out was a respectable third in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20 after another third in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 17. She started her career with an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Tampa Bay March 13 and a maiden score at first asking in January - competitive every time out. Carol Cedeno will try to this morning line favorite to her first stakes score from post 7 Saturday.
Dark Nile 4-1 - has three wins and a third place finish in four career starts for trainer Arnaud Delacour. She enters on a nice three race win streak - all around two turns - the minor Our Mims Stakes last time out on this track June 8, an Allowance by 4 3/4 lengths at Penn National May 12 and a maiden score at Tampa Bay in February. Dark Nile has been terrific in her last three races and will try for a fourth straight win in her graded stakes debut. Daniel Centeno has the mount on the rapidly improving entry from gate 4 as the second betting choice.
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Browse 9-2 - Shug McGaughey trained filly has placed in all four career starts - two wins and two second place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off an OK second behind Dark Nile in her stakes debut - the minor Our Mims Stakes on this track June 8 which followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park May 5, a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming in April and a win at first asking - at Aqueduct in January. She steps up in good form and will have Edgar Prado aboard from gate 2.
Eighth Wonder 5-1 - Dee Curry trained filly has won all five career starts - three stakes - all at Parx. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time after wins in the minor $100,000 Jostle Stakes June 4, the minor $100,000 Parx Oaks thanks to a disqualification May 7 and the minor Donna Freyer Stakes in November. Eighth Wonder hasn't been touched so far and is expected to be in the mix yet again Saturday. Jockey Jose Luis Flores has been tabbed with keeping the undefeated streak intact from the outside post 9 at an intriguing 5-1 odds.
Miss Inclusive 8-1 - John Servis trained filly has two wins and two seconds in seven career starts and makes her graded stakes debut Saturday. She has failed to place in her last two starts ahead of this week - a fourth last time out in the minor Our Mims Stakes on this track followed a seventh in the minor Parx Oaks in May. She posted an Allowance score before that at Parx in April. Miss Inclusive steps up in less-than-spectacular form and will try for a breakthrough performance from the rail. Joshua Navarro rides.
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Dreams to Reality 10-1 - has placed in four of seven career starts for trainer Michael Dilger. Last time out was an OK third in the minor Our Mims Stakes on this track June 8 which followed consecutive fourths including the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct in April. Dreams to Reality hasn't been worse that fourth in her career and will be out for her first win this year (five races) when she departs from gate 8 with Alex Cintron in the saddle.
Flora Dora 12-1 - finished second in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct November 4 but has placed in just two of five starts since. Last time out was an OK second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park July 1 after a ninth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20, a fifth in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 9, a fourth in the minor Busher Stakes on that track in February, a good win in the minor Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct January 31 and a fourth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes November 28. Flora Dora has shown form in the past but has looked just average lately. She looks for a major breakthrough Saturday from post 3 with Erick Rodriguez in the saddle.
A Place to Shine 12-1 - Kathy Mongeon trained filly has three wins and a third place finish in five career starts. She makes her stakes debut Saturday on a three race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out at Parx June 13, a Claiming in March and a Maiden Claiming in January - both at Gulfstream. A Place to Shine steps up in good form and will be after her fourth straight victory from post 5 with Brian Pedroza in the irons.
Downdraft 12-1 - has six career starts for trainer James Lawrence with two wins and a third place finish. She made her stakes debut May 20 and finished eighth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico and followed that with an Allowance score last time out at Parx June 19. She broke maiden April 24, had a third in a similar race at Laurel Park March 20 and a pair of off-the-board finishes in her first two career starts. Downdraft has won two of her last three starts (against lesser company) and will try for a first ever stakes win from gate 6. Angel Cruz gets the call.
2016 Delaware Oaks Entries & Odds
Race 10 on Delaware Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:45 PM.
|1||Miss Inclusive||8-1||Joshua Navarro||John Servis|
|2||Browse||9-2||Edgar Prado||Claude McGaughey III|
|3||Flora Dora||12-1||Erick Rodriguez||Marialice Coffey|
|4||Dark Nile||4-1||Daniel Centeno||Arnaud Delacour|
|5||A Place to Shine||12-1||Brian Pedroza||Kathy Mongeon|
|6||Downdraft||12-1||Angel Cruz||James Lawrence, II|
|7||Kinsley Kisses||5-2||Carol Cedeno||Todd Pletcher|
|8||Dreams to Reality||10-1||Alex Cintron||Michael Dilger|
|9||Eighth Wonder||5-1||Jose Flores||Dee Curry|