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OffTrackBetting.com - Belmont Park in Elmont, New York will play host to the G1 Champagne Stakes on Saturday, October 7. Horses two years old will take to Belmont Park's dirt track and race one mile for the winner's share of the $500,000 purse and the automatic berth into the 2017 $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The Champagne Stakes has attracted a talented field of 12 to go in race 8 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:13 PM. Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all 12 entries for this intriguing G1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Has three career starts for trainer Larry Jones - two wins and a second-place finish. He enters off an OK second as favorite in the listed Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park September 2 which followed a 2 1/2 length win in the minor Strike Your Colors Stakes at Delaware Park August 10 and a 12-length maiden score at first asking - also at Delaware Park July 19. Kowboy Karma has been a factor every time out and looks good ahead of his graded stakes debut. Alex Cintron has been tabbed to ride from the rail.
Has two career starts for trainer Jeremiah Englehart with two good wins against state-breds. He steps into graded stakes company for the first time Saturday off a good 2 1/2 length win in the minor Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga August 25 with a field-best 98 BRIS Speed Figure. It followed a maiden score at first asking - on that track July 28. Aveenu Malcainu hasn't been touched so far and will be out to keep an impressive start to his career going. Luis Saez has the mount from gate 8.
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Jason Servis trained colt has three career starts and two nice wins. Last time out was a bit of a step back - a fourth in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga September 4. It followed a very good step up into stakes company - a one length win at 12-1 in the G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga July 22 and a 3 1/2 length maiden score at Monmouth Park at first asking - June 18. Firenze Fire was terrific in his first two starts but hopes for a strong bounce back off a bit of a dud last time out. Irad Ortiz will try to accomplish that goal on the only graded stakes winner in the field - from the outside gate 12.
Has just one career start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and it was a good one - a 1 3/4 length maiden score at Saratoga September 4. Enticed looked good in his only career start and hopes to be again in his step up Saturday with Junior Alvarado in the irons from gate 4.
Jason Servis trained colt has one career starts and he looked impressive - a 3 1/2 length maiden romp at Monmouth Park August 26. Full of Run tries to remain unbeaten in his stakes debut from gate 10 with Nik Juarez in the irons.
Todd Pletcher trained colt has one career starts with a good win which came in gate-to-wire fashion a MSW at Saratoga August 26. Hazit opened some eyes in that start and hopes to carry the momentum into his stakes debut. John Velazquez rides.
Chad Brown trained colt has one career start - he finished second behind Hazit in that race at Saratoga August 26. He has been training well and tries to break his maiden Saturday when he leaves from gate 6 with Jose Ortiz scheduled to ride.
Anthony Farrior trained colt has two career starts with one win. He was fourth in his debut at Delaware Park June 5 but looked good last time out in a 4 1/2 length maiden score at Parx June 26. Blame It On Honey has shown improvement and will chase first stakes win from gate 2 Saturday with Jevian Toledo aboard.
Eric Guillot trained colt has one win in his two career starts. He was fourth in his debut at Gulfstream July 23 and broke maiden by 6 1/2 lengths last time out - on that track August 27. Stronger has gotten stronger and hopes to build on a pretty nice effort from post 3. Manuel Franco gets the call.
Kenneth McPeek trained colt has one win in his two career starts which came by 6 1/4 lengths last time out - at Saratoga August 19. He was fifth in his debut on that track July 22. Honorable Treasure showed significant improvement last time out and steps up in decent form and will have Dylan Davis guiding him from post 9.
Has two career starts for trainer Eric Guillot with one second-place finish to show for it. He arrives off that second - in a MSW at Gulfstream Park September 17 after a fourth in his debut on that track August 20. Master Manipulator shoots for a first stakes win Saturday with Angel Arroyo in the reins from post 5.
Simon Callaghan trained colt has two career starts with one second-place finish to show for it. He steps into stakes company for the fist time Saturday off a second in a MSW at Del Mar September 2 and a fourth in his debut - on that track July 22. Bahamian tries to break his maiden Saturday with Mario Gutierrez in the irons from post 7.
Race 8 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:13 PM
|1||Kowboy Karma||12-1||Alex Cintron||J. Jones|
|2||Blame It On Honey||50-1||Kendrick Carmouche||Anthony Farrior|
|3||Stronger||15-1||Manuel Franco||Eric Guillot|
|4||Enticed||10-1||Junior Alvarado||Kiaran McLaughlin|
|5||Master Manipulator||20-1||Angel Arroyo||Eric Guillot|
|6||Good Magic||7-2||Jose Ortiz||Chad Brown|
|7||Bahamian||5-1||Mario Gutierrez||Simon Callaghan|
|8||Aveenu Malcainu||6-1||Luis Saez||Jeremiah Englehart|
|9||Honorable Treasure||6-1||Dylan Davis||Kenneth McPeek|
|10||Full of Run||15-1||Nik Juarez||Jason Servis|
|11||Hazit||4-1||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|12||Firenze Fire||10-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Jason Servis|
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