Davona Dale Stakes 2016 at Gulfstream Park

Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida will play host to the Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale Stakes on Saturday, February 27. A purse of $200,000 and eligibility points of 50-20-10-5 for the Kentucky Oaks will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to go one mile on Gulfstream's dirt track.

Seven three year old fillies will take to the track in the Davona Dale Stakes - race 5 on Gulfstream's packed Saturday card. Post time is 1:56 PM. Let's take a glance at the past performances of all seven combatants for this Road to the Kentucky Oaks Grade 2 stakes.

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Cathryn Sophia - John Servis trained filly has three career starts and three dominating wins. Last time out was a good win in her graded stakes debut - by an impressive 5 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes on this track January 30 after a win in her stakes debut - by an incredible 16 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 minor Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel Park December 5 and a win by an astounding 12 3/4 lengths at first asking at Parx in October. She hasn't been touched so far and is one to catch in this one. Javier Castellano has the mount from post 5.

R Girls a Charmer - has two wins and a runner-up finish in three career starts for trainer Mark Casse. Last time out was a win by an easy four lengths in the minor $82, 000 Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs January 23 which followed a maiden score by 6 3/4 lengths on this track January 2 and a runner-up finish in her debut in November. R Girls a Charmer has definitely trending upward ahead of this weekend and will have Luis Saez aboard in her graded stakes debut.

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Lewis Bay - Chad Brown trained filly has two wins and a second place finish in three career starts. She made a statement last time out winning the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct November 28 after a maiden score by four lengths in October and a runner-up finish in her debut in September. Lewis Bay has been impressive and will look to keep the roll going from gate 4 with Irad Ortiz guiding her.

Thrilled - Todd Pletcher trained filly has been decent in her career - five starts with a win and three runner-up finishes. Last time out was one of those seconds - behind Lewis Bay in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct November 28. It followed her only poor effort to date - an eleventh on the biggest stage - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, a second in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes September 27 and another runner-up finish in the minor P.G. Johnson Stakes September 3. Thrilled looks for her first stakes win Saturday and enters in decent form. John Velazquez has been tabbed to ride from the rail.

Dearest - has just two career starts for trainer Gilberto Zerpa with two wins. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a 1 1/4 length Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track January 17 and a maiden score over R Girls a Charmer at first asking in November. Edgard Zayas has been tabbed with keeping the trend going in Dearest's step up in competition - form gate 2.

Rontos Lily - has a win and two third place finishes in five career starts for trainer Enrique Sanchez. She finally broke maiden two starts back - on this track December 30 after a sixth in the minor Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 28 and a pair of thirds to start her career - the best of which coming in the minor Juvenile Filly Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 7. Last time out was a fourth in the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes on this track January 30. She looks for her first stakes win when she departs from post 7 with Emisael Jaramillo guiding her.

Bagema - has nine career starts already for trainer Mikhail Yanakov with a win, two seconds and two third place finishes. She makes her stakes debut having placed in her last three starts overall - a second last time out in a Claiming race February 18 followed a Maiden Claiming score January 10 and a third in a Maiden Claiming January 3 - all results on this track. She has been decent lately but may have a difficult time in her major step up in competition. John Cruz gets the call from post 3.

2016 Davona Dale Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 5 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 1:56 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Thrilled 6-1 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher
2 Dearest 5-1 Edgard Zayas Gilberto Zerpa
3 Bagema 30-1 John Cruz Mikhail Yanakov
4 Lewis Bay 4-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown
5 Cathryn Sophia 6-5 Javier Castellano John Servis
6 R Girls a Charmer 9-2 Luis Saez Mark Casse
7 Rontos Lily 30-1 Emisael Jaramillo Enrique Sanchez

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