2016 Sugar Swirl Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 Sugar Swirl Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, December 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A group of fillies three years old and upward will take to Gulfstream's dirt track and dash six furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.

A field of six have been confirmed for the Sugar Swirl Stakes - race 4 on Gulfstream's busy Saturday schedule. Post time is 1:30 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all six combatants for this intriguing G3 stakes.

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2016 Sugar Swirl Stakes Entries at Gulfstream Park

Stonetastic 7-5 - Kelly Breen trained mare finished second as favorite in this race last year and has been good since. Last time out was a good win in the minor Pumpkin Pie Stakes at Belmont Park October 30 after a respectable second in the G2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland October 8 and a victory in the minor Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park July 30. Also this year she posted a second in the G1 Humana Distaff in May and two good wins on this track - the G2 Inside Information Stakes in March and the minor Miami Shores Stakes in February. She also won the 2014 G2 Prioress Stakes and posted an eighth after fading in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Stonetastic has placed in eight of 12 career graded stakes tries and has eight wins, five seconds and three third place finishes in 21 career starts - four wins and three seconds in her last eight overall. She has been competitive lately and hopes to better her runner-up finish in this race last year when she leaves from post 5 with Paco Lopez aboard the overwhelming morning line favorite.

Dearest 9-5 - impressive Edgard Zerpa trained filly has four wins, a second and a third place finish in her six career starts. She enters off a respectable second in the G2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga September 4 which followed a nice two race win streak - the minor Azelea Stakes July 2 and the minor Royal Palm Stakes June 4 - both on this track. Before that was a third in the G2 Davona Dale Stakes here in February and two more wins to start her career. Dearest has been a serious factor in every career start, has won three of four races on this track and hopes to continue her role from the rail Saturday. Edgard Zayas will be in the saddle of the morning line second choice.

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You Bought Her 7-2 - defending third place finisher in this race, a nose back of Stonetastic was very good at the beginning of 2015 - two wins and two seconds in her first four starts of that year including a win in the minor Minaret Stakes at Tampa Bay in February and a second in the G2 Inside Information Stakes. She has been OK since - a second last time out in the minor Millions Distaff Preview Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 12 followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Keeneland October 7 and a disappointing eighth in the G3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park in August. She also had a sixth in the minor Brandywine Stakes at Indiana Grand July 19, a third in the G3 Chicago Handicap June 25, a sixth in the G1 Humana Distaff May 7 and a second at Tampa Bay in April. You Bought Her now has nine wins, 12 seconds and seven third place finishes in 46 career starts and will be after her first graded stakes score in her tenth try Saturday. John Velazquez has the mount on the third betting pick from the outside gate 6.

Sky Gold 10-1 - finished sixth in this race last year for trainer Jorge Navarro and has been up and down in six starts since. She enters in decent form - an Allowance Optional Claiming score last time out at Gulfstream Park August 27 followed a third in the minor Regret Stakes on this track July 30 and another Allowance Optional Claiming score here July 10. She failed to place in her previous two. Sky Gold has two graded stakes starts in her career and but failed to place in either. She now has five wins, three seconds and a third place finish in 15 career starts and will be after her first stakes score from post 3 Saturday. Emisael Jaramillo has been tabbed to ride.

Danessa Again 12-1 - Gilberto Zerpa trained filly has two wins in her five career starts but finished off-the-board in her other three. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a pedestrian sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream Park West November 10 and a two race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track September 17 and a maiden score here in July. She had been trending upward before last time out and hopes to get back on track from gate 2 Saturday. Jesus Rios rides.

Winning for Sarah 15-1 - has 39 career starts for trainer Jena Antonucci with nine wins, seven seconds and six third place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a fourth in the minor Million Distaff Preview Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 12 and a third and a fifth respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races on this track a few months back. She was decent in minor stakes action before that - a third in the Monroe Stakes July 31 followed a second in the Boca Chica Stakes June 25 and another second in the Sea Lily Stakes June 4 - all three on this track. Winning for Sarah tries for her first stakes score Saturday and enters in so-so form. Tyler Gaffalione will be in the irons from gate 4.


2016 Sugar Swirl Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 4 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 1:30 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Dearest 9-5 Edgard Zayas Gilberto Zerpa
2 Danessa Again 12-1 Jesus Rios Gilberto Zerpa
3 Sky Gold 10-1 Emisael Jaramillo Jorge Navarro
4 Winning for Sarah 15-1 Tyler Gaffalione Jena Antonucci
5 Stonetastic 7-5 Paco Lopez Kelly Breen
6 You Bought Her 7-2 John Velazquez David Hinsley

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