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OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes is on tap for this Friday, October 14 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will take to Keeneland's turf track and race 5 1/2 furlongs for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
A field of 12 plus four Alternate Entries have been confirmed for the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes - race 9 on Keeneland's Friday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 16 possible entries for this G3 stakes.
Fair Point 7-2 - Shug McGaughey trained filly has placed in 11 of 12 career starts - four wins, six seconds and a third place finish. She enters on a nice two race win streak - the minor Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga August 28 and an Allowance Optional Claiming on that track August 5. Those result followed a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park June 30 and another Allowance score on that track in May. Fair Point arrives in terrific form and should be a factor from post 11. Jose Ortiz has been scheduled to ride this tepid morning line favorite.
Mississippi Delta 4-1 - Mark Casse trained filly has five wins, two seconds and a third place finishes in 14 career starts but has looked pedestrian in the other six. She enters off a disappointing tenth in the G1 First Lady Stakes here last week, a good win in the minor Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint September 10, an OK third in the G3 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine July 31, a fourth in the minor Perfect Sting Stakes July 2 at Belmont Park, a sixth in the minor Intercontinental Stakes on that track June 9 and consecutive runner up finishes in graded stakes action - in the G2 Nassau Stakes May 29 and in the G2 Honey Fox Stakes at Gulfstream April 2. She also had an Allowance score March 6 and three straight wins last year including the minor Alywow Stakes and Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine. Mississippi Delta placed in two starts before her dud last time out and will be after a strong bounce back from post 3. Florent Geroux will guide Mississippi Delta hoping for her first graded stakes score overall and first stakes win in over a year - from post 3 as the co-second choice.
Miss Ella 4-1 - won the G2 Beaumont Stakes on this track in April, 2015 and has been up and down since for trainer Graham Motion. She enters off a second in the minor Smart N Fancy Stakes at Saratoga August 28 which followed a good win in the minor Caress Stakes on that track July 31, a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park July 3 and a third in the minor Intercontinental Stakes also at Belmont Park June 9. Miss Ella has three other graded stakes starts and failed to place in all. She has looked OK ahead of this weekend however and will be after her first win in top company in 18 months. Joel Rosario will be in the reins of the other co-second choice from post 9.
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Everything Lovely 9-2 - Kathleen Demasi trained filly makes her graded stakes debut Friday in decent form. She enters on the heels of consecutive runner-up finishes - the minor Turf Amazon Stakes last time out at Parx September 5 and the minor Jameela Stakes at Laurel Park August 20. Before that was a third in the minor Honey Bee Stakes at Monmouth Park in June and off-the-board finishes in two other minor stakes races. She now has four wins, five seconds and three third place finishes in 15 career starts. Everything Lovely has been trending upward ahead of this race and will be after her first stakes score from gate 6. Joe Bravo has been tabbed to ride the fourth betting choice.
Melaleuca 10-1 - Brian Michael trained mare has four wins, four seconds and three third place finishes in 16 career starts. Last time out was a disappointing seventh in the minor Turf Amazon Stakes at Parx September 25 which followed a nice win in the minor Brandywine Stakes at Indiana Grand July 19, a win and a second respectively in a pair of Allowance races at Churchill Downs in the late spring. He had looked good before stumbling last time out and will be after a bounce back in his graded stakes debut from gate 8. Robby Albarado will be in the irons.
Late Spring 10-1 - had a couple graded stakes starts in 2014 which resulted in a sixth and a seventh place starts but has stayed away from top company since. She enters in less-than-spectacular form for trainer Victoria Oliver - an eighth last time out in the minor Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint Stakes September 10 followed an OK second in the minor Daisycutter Handicap at Del Mar August 5, a fifth in the minor Brandywine Stakes in July, a third in the minor Satin and Lace Stakes in June, a second in the minor Unbridled Sidney Stakes in May and an Allowance score on this track in April. Late Spring will be after her first stakes score Friday when she leaves from gate 2 with Corey Lanerie in the reins.
Full Trap 12-1 - has 10 career starts for trainer Michael Stidham with three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She arrive on a two race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Saratoga August 19 and an Allowance at Arlington July 10. Before that was a fifth, a second and a third respectively in a trio of Allowance races. Full Trap steps up in good form and will depart from the outside gate 12 with Julien Leparoux guiding her.
Touch of Bling 12-1 - Michael Maker trained filly has just one win in 10 career starts but does have six runner-up finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Friday off a second in an Allowance at Belmont Park September 21, a maiden score at Saratoga September 4 in her ninth start and a ninth in her only stakes action - the minor Southern Park Stakes at Mahoning Valley Race Course in March. She has placed in three of her last four starts overall but looked out of place in her only stakes action to date. She tries to make a statement Friday with Ricardo Santana in the saddle from the rail.
Boom Bam Bing 15-1 - Karl Broberg trained filly has six wins and three second place finishes in 12 career starts. She makes her stakes debut on fire - six wins and a second in her last seven starts overall. She enters on a three race win streak - all Allowance races with the last coming at Remington Park August 12. Before that was a second in her only stakes action - the minor Tellike Stakes at Evangeline June 3 and another three race win streak. Boom Bam Bing looks more than ready for her step up in competition from gate 10 with Colby Hernandez aboard.
Scatter Gun 20-1 - lightly raced Neil Pessin trained filly has placed in all four career starts - two wins, a second and a third place finish. She makes her stakes debut Friday off an Allowance score at Kentucky Downs September 11 and a year away from the track. Before the layoff was a third in an Allowance here last October and a maiden score at Kentucky Downs in September, 2015. Scatter Gun has been competitive every time out and hopes to be again in her huge step up in competition. Brian Joseph Hernandez gets the call from gate 4.
My Year Is a Day 30-1 - Christopher Davis trained filly has four wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 16 career starts, She hasn't looked great in her last two starts - a seventh last time out in the minor Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint September 10 followed an eighth in the minor Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar August 7. She did have an Allowance Optional Claiming score before that but also failed to hit the board in six starts before that including a fourth in the G3 Megahertz Stakes in January and a fifth in the G3 Edgewood Stakes in May, 2015. My Year Is a Day has been unflattering to say the least and will chase her first stakes win from post 5. Mitchell Murrill has the mount.
Smoke Signals 30-1 - Arnaud Delacour trained filly has 10 career starts with three wins, a second and a third place finish. She makes her stakes debut off a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Parx September 29, an Allowance score at Delaware Park August 8 and off-the-board finishes in two Allowance Optional Claiming races to start 2016. Smoke Signals has been OK lately and hopes to make a statement in her huge step up in competition from post 7.
Xoxo 15-1 - Alternate Entry finished third in the G2 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita in January but has been just OK since. Last time out was a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar September 2, a fourth in a similar race on that track July 16 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score July 17.
Pin Up Gal 30-1 - Alternate Entry Tom Bergin trained filly has three wins in her seven career starts - all of which have come in her last three starts. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Indiana Grand August 9 after another Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track July 20 and a Maiden Claiming victory July 1. She arrives in career best form.
Bibby 30-1 - Alternate Entry has three wins, a second and a third place finish in 10 career starts for trainer Victoria Oliver but has failed to place in her last three overall. Her last two were fifths in Allowance Optional Claiming races with the last coming September 24 at Churchill Downs after a sixth in the minor Spotted Horse Stakes.
Tesalina 10-1 - Alternate Entry Chilean bred mare has four wins in five starts at home but has been up and down in seven starts in North America. Last time out was a ninth in the minor Giant's Causeway Stakes on this track April 16 after a third in the minor Arboretum II Stakes at Santa Anita in March and consecutive seconds in minor stakes races to end her 2015 campaign.
Race 9 on Keeneland's Friday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM.
|1||Touch of Bling||12-1||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Michael Maker|
|2||Late Spring||10-1||Corey Lanerie||Victoria Oliver|
|3||Mississippi Delta||4-1||Florent Geroux||Mark Casse|
|4||Scatter Gun||20-1||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Neil Pessin|
|5||My Year Is a Day (FR)||30-1||Mitchell Murrill||Christopher Davis|
|6||Everything Lovely||9-2||Joe Bravo||Kathleen Demasi|
|7||Smoke Signals||30-1||James Graham||Arnaud Delacour|
|8||Melaleuca||10-1||Robby Albarado||Brian Michael|
|9||Miss Ella||4-1||Joel Rosario||H. Motion|
|10||Boom Bam Bing||15-1||Colby Hernandez||Karl Broberg|
|11||Fair Point||7-2||Jose Ortiz||Claude McGaughey III|
|12||Full Tap||12-1||Julien Leparoux||Michael Stidham|
|13||Xoxo||15-1||Julien Leparoux||Peter Miller|
|14||Pin Up Gal||30-1||Rolando Aragon||Tom Bergin|
|15||Bibby||30-1||Robby Albarado||Victoria Oliver|
|16||Tesalina (CHI)||10-1||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||Wesley Ward|