OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 1 Test Stakes comes our way this Saturday, August 6 from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Three year old fillies will take to Saratoga's dirt track and race seven furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $500,000 purse.
A strong field of eight will take to the track in the Test Stakes - race 8 on Saratoga's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 5:02 PM. Let's take a glimpse into the past performances of all eight combatants for this Grade 1 stakes including the 1-2-3 finishers of the recent Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes.
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Off the Tracks 8-5 - Todd Pletcher trained filly has six career starts - four wins, a second and a third place finish. She broke maiden at first asking at Gulfstream last June and went on to a terrific win in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga in July. She returned from a seven month layoff February 21 and posted a good win by 4 1/2 lengths in the minor Margate Handicap February 21 and followed that with an OK third as favorite in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks April 2, a game second behind Carina Mia in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes June 11 and an impressive win last time out in - in gate-to-wire fashion in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park July 2. Off the Tracks has placed in all six starts off an impressive win has to be in the conversation Saturday. Jose Ortiz is scheduled to ride the morning line favorite from post 7.
Kareena 9-5 - up and coming lightly raced Kiaran McLaughlin trained filly has just three career starts with two wins and a second place finish. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a nice win in her stakes bow - the minor Jersey Girl Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park June 10. Before that was a maiden score at Keeneland in April and a second in her debut in March. Kareena has been a factor in every race so far in her career and looks ready for her major step up Saturday. Javier Castellano has been tabbed to ride the morning line second choice from post 3.
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Lewis Bay 9-2 - Chad Brown trained filly has placed in all seven career starts - three wins, three runner-ups and a third place finishes. Last time out was a decent second behind Off the Tracks after stumbling at the start in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park July 2, before that was a respectable third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 6, a good win in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 9, a second place finish behind Cathryn Sophia in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream in February, a win in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct in November and a maiden score in October. Lewis Bay has been in the mix every time out and is expected to be again Saturday. Irad gets the call on the third betting choice from gate 6.
Lightstream 8-1 - lightly raced Brian Lynch trained filly has four career starts and three impressive wins - all the wins at seven furlongs. Last time out was an OK third behind the two favorites in this race in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park July 2. Before that were wins in the minor Soaring Softly Stakes May 21, the Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 17 and a maiden score by 2 1/4 lengths with a 103 Beyer Speed Figure at first asking. Lightstream had been impressive and was OK last time out post 5. Joel Rosario has the mount on the fourth betting choice.
Kinsley Kisses 15-1 - will race for the sixth time for trainer Todd Pletcher having posted two wins and three third place finished so far - the last three against some pretty good fields. She has finished third in every one of those races - the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks last time out July 9, the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20 and behind Lightstream in the Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 17. She started her career with an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Tampa Bay March 13 and a maiden score at first asking in January and is competitive every time out. Kinsley Kisses chases her first stakes score Saturday with John Velazquez in the reins from the outside gate 8.
One True Kiss 15-1 - Steve Asmussen trained filly has two wins, a second and four third place finishes in 12 career starts. She has been decent lately placing in four straight ahead of this weekend. Last time out was a third in the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park July 9 after another third in the minor Jersey Girl Stakes on that track June 10, a second in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes in May and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in April. One True Kiss chases her first stakes score in decent form when she departs from gate 2 with Julien Leparoux in the saddle.
Malibu Stacy 15-1 - George Weaver trained filly has a win, a second and a third place finish in seven career starts. She made her graded stakes debut last time out and finished a respectable second in the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park July 8. Before that was a maiden score at Belmont Park June 9 and a fourth in a similar race to start her year. Malibu Stacy has shown improvement lately and hopes for her first stakes score from gate 4 Saturday. Manuel Franco gets the call.
Paola Queen 20-1 - has seven career starts for trainer Gustavo Delgado with a win, two seconds and a third place finish. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 after a disappointing ninth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 6 and a good second in her stakes debut April 2 - the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks. Before that she broke maiden February 14 in her fourth career start and had a second, a third and a fifth to start her career. Paola Queen was good at the beginning of the year but has struggled lately. She hopes to snap a bit of a funk when she leaves from the rail with Luis Saez aboard.
2016 Test Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 8 on Saratoga's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:02 PM.
|1||Paola Queen||20-1||Luis Saez||Gustavo Delgado|
|2||One True Kiss||15-1||Julien Leparoux||Steven Asmussen|
|3||Kareena||9-5||Javier Castellano||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|4||Malibu Stacy||15-1||Manuel Franco||George Weaver|
|5||Lightstream||8-1||Joel Rosario||Brian Lynch|
|6||Lewis Bay||9-2||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|7||Off the Tracks||8-5||Jose Ortiz||Todd Pletcher|
|8||Kinsley Kisses||15-1||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|