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OffTrackBetting.com - Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York will play host to the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes on Friday, July 22. Three year old fillies will be featured when they take to Saratoga's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
A field of 12 sophomore females will take to the track in the Lake George Stakes - race 9 on Saratoga's Opening Day Friday schedule. Post time is 5:40 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 12 combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.
Ancient Secret 7-2 - undefeated Chad Brown trained filly will make her graded stakes debut Friday on fire. The wins include the minor $100,000 Wild Applause Stakes over many of her Lake George foes June 19, an Allowance against older fillies by 4 1/2 lengths May 14 and a three length maiden score at first asking in October - all on Belmont Park turf. Ancient Secret hasn't been touched so far and will try to keep the streak going in her first start around two turns from post 5 Saturday. Irad Ortiz has the mount on the tepid morning line favorite.
Try Your Luck 9-2 - Michael Maker trained filly finished a respectable third last time out in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs June 18 after a two race win streak - an Allowance on that track in May and a maiden score in April. She now has two wins, a second and three third place finishes in seven career starts - competitive virtually every time out. Try Your Luck tries for her first stakes score and enters in decent form. John Velazquez will be in the reins of the slight second choice Friday from gate 10.
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Elysea's World 5-1 - Irish bred Chad Brown trained filly has won two of three career starts. Last time out was a rather successful step into stakes company - a sixth in the minor $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park June 5 after and Allowance Optional Claiming score in May on that track and a maiden score at first asking - overseas last June. Elysea's World looked out of place last time out in stakes company but hopes to make a statement Friday from gate 2. Javier Castellano has been tabbed to ride this morning line third betting choice.
Diamond Fields 6-1 - Irish bred Tommy Stack trained filly has a win and four runner-up finishes in eight career starts. She makes her North American debut Friday off a second in the Sandringham Handicap at Ascot June 15, a fourth in the Group 3 TRM Ballyogan Stakes June 4 and another pair of seconds in races this past spring including the Coolmore Stud and Power Stakes in May. Diamond Field has been competitive the last year but is still in search of her first stakes/Group score from post 3. Junior Alvarado gets the call at 6-1 on the morning line.
Thundering Sky 8-1 - George Weaver trained filly has placed in six of eight career starts - one win, three seconds and two third place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Friday off a good second, a head behind Ancient Secret at 17-1 odds in the minor Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park June 19, a fifth in the minor Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico in May, a third in an Allowance at Belmont Park in April and a maiden score at Saratoga three weeks earlier. Thundering Sky step up in so-so form and will have Gabriel Saez in the saddle from the rail.
Tin Type Gal 8-1 - Graham Motion trained filly has won two of her four career starts - failing to place in the others. Last time out was a disappointing fifth in the minor Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park June 19 which followed nine months away, a breakthrough win in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes on that track in September and a maiden score on this very track last August. Tin Type Gal tries to channel her form from late last summer and to bounce back from a disappointing effort when she departs from post 9 with Jose Ortiz guiding her.
Baciami Piccola 15-1 - British bred Brian Lynch trained filly placed in all three starts at the beginning of her career in Italy including a second and a third in stakes races there. She debuted in North America with a terrific win in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay in March but hasn't looked good since. Last time out was an eighth in the minor Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park June 18 after a ninth in the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in April. Baciami Piccola looks to snap out of an uncharacteristic two race skid when she leaves from gate 8 with Joel Rosario in the saddle.
Sky Sky Sky 15-1 - has two wins and two runner-up finishes in eight career starts for trainer Mark Casse. She makes her graded stakes debut off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Churchill Downs June 9, a sixth in her only stakes action to date - the minor Sanibel Island Stakes at Gulfstream March 26 and a maiden score on that track March 6. Sky Sky Sky has placed in three of his last four starts but will look to place in stakes company for the first time Friday. Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle from gate 6.
Outsider Art 15-1 - won her first two career starts for trainer Jonathan Sheppard and has five starts since - she has four third place finishes in those starts. Last time out was one of the thirds in the minor Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park July 6 which followed a third in the minor Penn Oaks, an ugly twelfth in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs in May and consecutive thirds in graded stakes action - the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes in April and the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes in October. Outsider Art has been in every career start except for one and will be after her first stakes score from post 9 at an intriguing 15-1 odds. Manuel Franco rides.
Gone Away 15-1 - finished third in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes to start her year February 27 and has failed to place in three starts for trainer Michael Matz. She enters off an eighth in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs June 18 after a nice win in the minor Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico in May and a fifth in an Allowance at Keeneland in April. Gone Away has been a tad tough to figure out but is a stakes winner already. Florent Geroux will be aboard from the outside gate 12 as Gone Away chases her first graded stakes victory.
Enjoy Yourself 20-1 - has two wins, a second and a third place finish in six career starts for trainer John Terranova. She posted an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Tampa Bay in February and went on to a very good second in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks on that track in March but has struggled in two starts since. Last time out was a tenth in the minor Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park June 5 after a seventh in the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs in May. Enjoy Yourself was impressive early in her career and looks to bounce back off a pair of unflattering results. Ricardo Santana will try to accomplish that goal from gate 4.
Flora Dora 30-1 - finished second in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct November 4 but has placed in just two of six starts since. Last time out was a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park July 1 after a ninth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20, a fifth in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 9, a fourth in the minor Busher Stakes on that track in February, a good win in the minor Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct January 31 and a fourth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes November 28. Flora Dora has shown form in the past but has looked just average lately. She looks for a major breakthrough Friday from post 7 with Emmanuel Esquivel aboard the longest shot in the field.
Race 9 on Saratoga's Friday card with a Post Time of 5:40 PM.
|1||Thundering Sky||8-1||Gabriel Saez||George Weaver|
|2||Elysea's World (IRE)||5-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|3||Diamond Fields (IRE)||6-1||Junior Alvarado||Tommy Stack|
|4||Enjoy Yourself (GB)||20-1||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||John Terranova, II|
|5||Ancient Secret||7-2||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|6||Sky My Sky||15-1||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse|
|7||Flora Dora||30-1||Emmanuel Esquivel||Marialice Coffey|
|8||Baciami Piccola (GB)||15-1||Joel Rosario||Brian Lynch|
|9||Outsider Art||15-1||Manuel Franco||Jonathan Sheppard|
|10||Try Your Luck||9-2||John Velazquez||Michael Maker|
|11||Tin Type Gal||8-1||Jose Ortiz||H. Motion|
|12||Gone Away||15-1||Florent Geroux||Michael Matz|
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