2017 Mother Goose Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G2 Mother Goose Stakes comes our way this Saturday, July 1 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Three-year-old fillies will be featured when they take to Belmont Park's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.

A field of seven will take to the track in the Mother Goose Stakes - race 9 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:50 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all seven entries for this G2 stakes.

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2017 Mother Goose Stakes Entries at Belmont Park

Lockdown 2-1

Legendary trainer Bill Mott sends out Lockdown who has two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in her five career starts. She enters off an OK third in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5, a respectable second behind Miss Sky Warrior in the G2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 8 and two straight wins on that track - the minor Busanda Stakes January 15 and a MSW in December. Lockdown has been a factor in every race in her career so far but searches for a first graded stakes score from gate 4 Saturday with Jose Ortiz guiding the morning line favorite.

Vexatious 5-2

Has placed in five of six career starts for trainer Neil Drysdale - one win and four third place finishes. Last time out was a fourth in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 which followed consecutive thirds - the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 14 and the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks April 1. Before that was a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita and a maiden score at Del Mar in November. Vexatious has been decent so far in her career and will be after a first stakes score from gate 6 Saturday. Kent Desormeaux has been tabbed to ride the second betting choice.

Unchained Melody 7-2

Brian Lynch trained filly has two wins and a second-place finish in her three career starts. She makes her stakes debut off an Allowance Optional Claiming score with a 90 Beyer Speed Figure on this track June 1 which followed a second in an Allowance at Keeneland April 21 and a good win at first asking - at Gulfstream in March. Unchained Melody has been competitive so far and hopes to be again in her major step up in competition. Joel Rosario will be in the saddle from gate 2.

My Miss Tapit 6-1

Will hit the track for the third time Saturday for trainer Todd Pletcher looking to remain undefeated. Her two starts have resulted in two wins - the minor Game Face Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths last time out April 22 and a 2 1/2 length maiden score March 10 - both at Gulfstream. My Miss Tapit hasn't been touched so far and hopes to keep an impressive run going from post 3 Saturday. Manuel Franco rides.

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Moana 8-1

Will race for the fourth time for trainer Todd Pletcher having posted a win and a second-place finish so far. She made her stakes debut last time out and finished fifth in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 19 after a maiden score at Keeneland April 14 and a second in her debut at Tampa Bay March 10. Moana tries to bounce back off an unflattering graded stakes debut and will have John Velazquez guiding her from the outside post 7.

Lights of Medina 10-1

Todd Pletcher trained filly has two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in her six career starts. She made her graded stakes debut last time out and finished a close second in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes a Pimlico May 19 which followed a nice two race win streak - the minor Weber City Miss Stakes by two lengths April 22 and a MSW March 26 - both at Laurel Park. Before that were a second, a fourth and a third in a trio of MSW races to start her career. Lights of Medina has been trending upward indeed and hopes to continue the momentum from the rail with Fergal Lynch in the irons.

Spanish Harlem 20-1

Danny Gargan trained filly has two wins and a second-place finish in five career starts. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time Saturday off a sixth in the minor Penn Oaks June 3, an Allowance score on this track May 5 and a tenth in the minor Busher Stakes at Aqueduct February 25. Spanish Harlem has been decent against lesser company and hopes it finally translates in her step up Saturday. Irad Ortiz has the mount from post 5.


2017 Mother Goose Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 9 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:50 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Lights of Medina 10-1 Feargal Lynch Todd Pletcher
2 Unchained Melody 7-2 Joel Rosario Brian Lynch
3 My Miss Tapit 6-1 Manuel Franco Todd Pletcher
4 Lockdown 2-1 Jose Ortiz William Mott
5 Spanish Harlem 20-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Danny Gargan
6 Vexatious 5-2 Kent Desormeaux Neil Drysdale
7 Moana 8-1 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher

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