OffTrackBetting.com - Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California will be the scene of the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks this Saturday, June 18. A purse of $200,000 will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Santa Anita's dirt track.
A field of seven will give it a go in the Summertime Oaks - race 8 on Santa Anita's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:00 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all seven entries for this Grade 2 stakes - six of which will likely be staring at the back end of the terrific Songbird.
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Songbird - Jerry Hollendorfer trained undefeated superstar filly and reigning Eclipse Award winner for two year old fillies won all four of her starts in 2015, the last three in Grade 1 events. Her debut was by 6 1/2 lengths in July which was followed by wins by an impressive 5 1/4 lengths as even money favorite in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante September 5, the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita September 26, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by an impressive 5 3/4 lengths. She has three starts in 2016 and three more impressive wins - the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks last time out April 9, the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths March 5 and by 6 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes on this track February 6. She hasn't been touched yet (five gate-to-wire wins in seven starts) - as impressive as any horse in any division the last year and will look to keep the impressive roll going Saturday from gate 4. Mike Smith has the mount on the obvious favorite.
Bellamentary - has been good in her five race career for trainer Phil D'Amato - three wins and a second place finish so far. Last time out was a nice win by 2 1/4 lengths in the listed Angels Flight Stakes here May 15 after a fifth, 10 lengths back of Songbird in her stakes debut - the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and two more wins on this very track. She looked terrific last time out and will be after her first graded stakes win from gate 2. Martin Garcia has the mount.
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Coppa - speedy Phil D'Amato trained filly has two career starts and two wins - both by 3 1/4 lengths. Last time out was an impressive Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track May 21 which followed a maiden score at Del Mar November 1. Coppa has been very good so far and hopes to make some noise in her stakes debut. Joe Talamo gets the call from post 5.
Sutton's Smile - Phil D'Amato trained filly has a win, two seconds and three third place finishes in eight career starts - six of which have come on turf. She posted consecutive respectable thirds in the winter - the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes here December 12 and in her stakes debut - the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar November 28. She went on to a disappointing seventh in the minor China Doll Stakes here March 12 and was second last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track May 20. Her only win came on this track October 17. Suttons Smile has recorded some decent results but has yet to post a stakes win so far. Flavien Prat hopes to change all of that from the outside post 7.
Kay Kay - won her debut for trainer Vladimir Cerin at Gulfstream a year ago. She went on to a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming here in March and was ninth in her only graded stakes race to date - the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks April 9. Last time out was an OK third in the minor Angels Flight Stakes on this track May 15. Kay Kay has been OK so far in her career and will be after her first stakes score from gate 6. Alonso Quinonez gets the call.
Not Now Carolyn - has a win and a third place finish in five career starts for trainer Keith Desormeaux but wasn't great in the other three. Last time out was a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track May 20 which followed a ninth in her only stakes action to date - the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes March 5, a maiden score and a ninth at Los Alamitos in December. Not Now Carolyn hopes for her first stakes win Saturday and enters in so-so form. Kent Desormeaux has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
That's a Lady - John Sadler trained filly has a win, a second and a third place finish in six career starts. She enters finally having broken maiden last time out - on this track May 20 after a second, an eleventh and a third respectively in MSW races this year. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a career best effort and hopes to keep the upward trend going from the rail. Santiago Gonzalez rides.
2016 Summertime Oaks Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 8:00 PM.
|1||That's a Lady||20-1||Santiago Gonzalez||John Sadler|
|2||Bellamentary||6-1||Martin Garcia||Philip D'Amato|
|3||Not Now Carolyn||20-1||Kent Desormeaux||J. Desormeaux|
|4||Songbird||1-5||Mike Smith||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|5||Coppa||5-1||Joseph Talamo||Philip D'Amato|
|6||Kay Kay||30-1||Alonso Quinonez||Vladimir Cerin|
|7||Sutton's Smile||20-1||Flavien Prat||Philip D'Amato|