Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, January 30 from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Three year old fillies will race seven furlongs on Gulfstream Park's dirt track searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse and the 10 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks in May.
A field of seven sophomore females will take to the track in the Forward Gal - race 3 on Gulfstream's stacked Saturday schedule. Post time is 1:05 PM. Here is a look at the past performances of all seven entries for this Road to the Kentucky Oaks Grade 2 stakes - only two of which have ever recorded a stakes victory.
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Cathryn Sophia - John Servis trained filly has two career starts and two dominating wins. Last time out was a good win in her stakes debut - by an incredible 16 lengths in the $100,000 minor Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel Park December 5 after a win by an astounding 12 lengths at first asking at Parx in October. She hasn't been touched so far and is definitely the one to catch in this one. Joel Rosario has the mount from gate 2.
Ballet Diva - Stanley Gold trained filly had six career starts at age 2 with four wins and a third place finish including a two lengths win in gate-to-wire fashion in the minor House Party Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 28. It followed an uncharacteristic sixth in the minor Florida Sire My Dear Girl Stakes here October, a win in the minor Florida Sire Susan's Girl Stakes on this track September 5, a third in the minor Florida Sire Desert Vixen Stakes here in August and a win in the minor Cassidy Stakes on this track in July. Her three year old debut was decent - a third place finish last time out in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes on this track January 2. Ballet Diva has been a factor in every race she's run so far except for one and is expected to be again Saturday from post 5 with Jose Carabello in the saddle of the only other stakes winner in the field.
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Disco Rose - Robert Reid trained filly has seven career starts with a win, a second and two third place finishes. She finally broke maiden October 6 in her fifth starts after failing to place in her previous two. Disco Rose has two stakes starts since - an OK third last time out in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes November 28 followed a fourth in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes November 4 - both results at Aqueduct. Disco Rose chases her first stakes win Saturday and arrives in decent form and having posted a bullet, best of 102, half-mile move in :47 Sunday. Rafael Manuel Hernandez has the mount from the outside post 7.
Dad's Kiddo - Dane Kobiskie trained filly has a win and three runner-up finishes in five career starts. She enters off a fourth in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes on this track January 2. Before that were consecutive runner-up finishes - an Allowance Optional Claiming here December 11 and behind Ballet Diva in the minor House Part Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 28. Those results followed a maiden score at Indiana Grand in May and a runner up finish in her debut. Dad's Kiddo has been pretty good so far in her career and will be after her first stakes win Saturday - from the rail with Tyler Gaffalione aboard.
Island Saint - Todd Pletcher trained filly has two wins and a third place finish in four career starts. She enters off an Allowance Optional Claiming score by 5 1/4 lengths on this track December 11 after a somewhat disappointing fifth in the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park October 18, an OK third in the minor Sorority Stakes at Monmouth in September and a win at first asking. Island Saint will be after her first stakes win Saturday and arrives in so-so form. John Velazquez has been tabbed to ride from gate 4.
Conquest Babayaga - will race for the third time for trainer Mark Casse having recorded a win and a runner-up finish so far. Last time out was a second in the minor Glorious Song Stakes November 21 after a 6 3/4 length maiden score at first asking in October - both results at Woodbine. Conquest Babayaga has been good so far and looks to make a major statement Saturday from post 3. Mike Smith gets the call.
Rontos Lily - has a win and two third place finishes in four career starts for trainer Enrique Sanchez. She finally broke maiden last time out - on this track December 30 after a sixth in the minor Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 28 and a pair of third to start her career - the best of which coming in the minor Juvenile Filly Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 7. She looks for her first stakes win and her second straight victory overall when she departs from gate 6 with Emisael Jaramillo guiding her.
2016 Forward Gal Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 3 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 1:05 PM.
|1||Dad's Kiddo||Tyler Gaffalione||Dane Kobiskie|
|2||Cathryn Sophia||Joel Rosario||John Servis|
|3||Conquest Babayaga||Mike Smith||Mark Casse|
|4||Island Saint||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|5||Ballet Diva||Jose Caraballo||Stanley Gold|
|6||Rontos Lily||Emisael Jaramillo||Enrique Sanchez|
|7||Disco Rose||Rafael Hernandez||Robert Reid, Jr.|