Royal Delta Stakes 2016 at Gulfstream Park

Dave Bond | OTB Writer - The Grade 2 Royal Delta Stakes will be contested this Saturday, February 13 from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will be featured as they take to Gulfstream's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.

Six older females will take to the track in the Royal Delta Stakes - race 4 on Gulfstream's Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:00 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all six combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.

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Sandiva - Irish bred Group 3 winner in France - Todd Pletcher trained filly won the minor Tropical Park Oaks here to close out her 2014 campaign and won the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park last February. She has been decent since. Last time out was a nice win in the Grade 3 Marshua's River Stakes on this track January 9 which followed an OK third in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West November 21, a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park June 6, a third in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile in May and a second in the Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes in March - the last two results coming behind eventual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Tepin. Sandiva has placed in six of her last seven stars and off a win should be a confident entry for this one. Joel Rosario has been tabbed with getting Sandiva her second straight graded stakes score and her fourth win in five starts at Gulfstream - in her first start on dirt from post 5 Saturday.

Best Behavior - won a Starter Stakes on this track last December and went on to a respectable second in the minor Miami Shores Handicap here in January. She struggled after that - a fifth in the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes here in March followed a tenth in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap in February. Best Behavior has regained her form lately - a nice win last time out in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl Stakes on this track with a 103 Beyer Speed Figure December 26 followed a second in the Grade 3 Rampart Stakes here December 12, a win in an Allowance Optional Claiming in July, a second in the minor Barely Even Handicap in June, a third in the minor Sea Lily Handicap May 30 and a second in the minor Sunrise Stakes May 3 - all results on this track. Best Behavior has placed in six straight races ahead of this weekend and looks for her second straight graded stakes score from the outside gate 8. Edgard Zayas rides.

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Call Pat - Brad Cox trained mare has five wins, five seconds and five third place finishes in 28 career starts. She won the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park in August and has been OK since. She enters on the heels of consecutive third place finishes - the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 26 and the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Belmont Park in October which followed a fourth in the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes in September. Call Pat has placed in five of her last six starts and enters in decent form. Paco Lopez has been tabbed to ride the 123 pound co-highweight from the rail.

Penwith - Kiaran McLaughlin trained mare has four wins, a second and two third place finishes in 12 career starts and enters off one of those wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming by two lengths at Santa Anita January 21 and nearly a year away from the track. Before the layoff was a sixth in the minor Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct last February, a second in the minor Affectionately Stakes in January, 2015, a fourth in the Grade 3 Comely Stakes in November, 2014 and an OK third in the Grade 2 Indiana Oaks in October of that year. Penwith will be after her first stakes in just her second start in a year when she departs from gate 4 with Luis Saez guiding her.

Enchantress - has just two wins and three third place finishes in 10 career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. She enters off consecutive third place finishes - both Allowance Optional Claiming with the last coming on this track January 8. Before that were a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming October 2 and a respectable third in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga in July. Enchantress hopes for her first stakes win in her sixth try Saturday when she lines up from post 3 with Tyler Gaffalione aboard.

Gamblers Rose - has 16 career starts for trainer Dale Romans with just two wins, six seconds and three third place finishes. Last time out was an eighth in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 26 after an Allowance score at Keeneland October 24 and a third in a similar race on that track October 3. She has one other graded stakes start which resulted in a tenth in the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park in August. Gamblers Rose looks for her first stakes score Saturday but enters in less-than-inspiring form. Corey Lanerie gets the call from gate 2.

2016 Royal Delta Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 4 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 2:00 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Call Pat 4-1 Paco Lopez Brad Cox
2 Gamblers Rose 20-1 Corey Lanerie Dale Romans
3 Enchantress 15-1 Tyler Gaffalione Todd Pletcher
4 Penwith 5-2 Luis Saez Kiaran McLaughlin
5 Sandiva (IRE) 2-1 Joel Rosario Todd Pletcher
6 Best Behavior 3-1 Edgard Zayas Martin Wolfson

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