OffTrackBetting.com - Belmont Park in Elmont, New York will be the scene of the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes on Saturday, July 8. Three-year-old fillies will be featured when they saddle up and go 1 1/4 miles on Belmont Park's turf track for the winner's share of the generous $1 million purse.
A strong field of12 will give it a go in the Belmont Oaks Invitational - race 8 on Belmont Park's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 5:46 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all 12 entries for this lucrative G1 stakes.
2017 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes Entries at Belmont Park
Irish bred Chad Brown trained filly has three wins and a second-place finish in her five career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday off a quality second in a 16-horse field in the Group 1 French Oaks at Chantilly June 18, a good win in the Group 3 Prix Penelope at Saint Cloud and an Allowance score on that track April 2. Sistercharlie has been impressive so far in her career and hopes her success overseas translates in North America. John Velazquez has the mount on the intriguing morning line favorite from the outside gate 12.
New Money Honey 7-2
Multiple Graded Stakes winner - Chad Brown trained filly has placed in four of five career starts - three wins and a second-place finish. Last time out was one of her wins - by two lengths in wire-to-wire fashion in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes on this track June 8 which followed an uncharacteristic sixth as favorite in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 13 and two more good wins - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November and the G3 Miss Grillo Stakes on this track in October. New Money Honey bested a very good field in the Breeders' Cup and has won both of his starts on this track. She is expected to be in the mix again Saturday when she leaves from gate 8 with Javier Castellano in the reins of the second betting choice.
British bred Chad Brown trained filly has placed in five of six career starts - two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish. She makes her North American debut Saturday off a stakes win in France May 11, a sixth in the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux at Chantilly April 9 and a third in a minor stakes race in February. Uni has been OK so far in her career and hopes to make some noise on North American soil. Irad Ortiz has been tabbed to ride the morning line third choice from post 7.
Fifty Five 8-1
Has hit the board in all seven career starts for trainer Chad Brown - three wins, a second and three third place finishes. Last time out was an OK second behind New Money Honey in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes on this track June 8 which followed a third in the minor Memories of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct April 23 and a career-defining win in the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay March 11. Before that was a third in the G3 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream February 4 and two straight wins - the best of which coming in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream January 1. Fifty Five has been a factor in every career start so far and is expected to be again Saturday. Jose Ortiz is scheduled to ride from gate 10.
Key To My Heart 8-1
Irish bred Aidan O'Brien trained filly has two wins, a second and three third place finishes in 10 career starts. She makes her North American debut Saturday of a career-best effort - a win in the listed 1 1/4-mile Queally Group Naas Irish E.B.F. Naas Oaks Trial June 28. She failed to place in his previous three starts. Key To MY Heart should be a confident entry off a win and will look to build on that effort from post 5 with Wayne Lordan aboard.
Daddys Lil Darling 10-1
Has two wins and four second place finishes in nine career starts for trainer Kenneth McPeek. She won the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 17 and has been decent since. She enters on the heels of two straight runner-up finishes - the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 and the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 8. Before that was a sixth in the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay March 11, a decent second in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs and an OK fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Daddys Lil Darling has been competitive so far in her career but hopes to snap a six-race losing streak in her switch to turf - from post 11 Saturday. Dylan Davis will be in the irons.
Has placed in seven of 10 career starts for trainer Michael Dini - four wins, a second and two third place finishes. She arrives off a nice win in the minor Penn Oaks at Penn National June 3, a third in the minor Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico May 19 and consecutive fourths - one being the G3 Florida Oaks March 11. She won three straight races before that - the best of which was the minor OBS Championship (Fillies Division) Stakes at Ocala Training Center in January. Dynatail has been OK so far in her career and will chase a first ever graded stakes score (third stakes win) from post 9. Luis Saez will be in the saddle.
Has two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in eight career starts for trainer Leah Gyarmati. She won the minor P. G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga last August and has been OK since. Last time out was a fourth in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes on this track June 8 which followed an uncharacteristic tenth in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 13 and consecutive quality runner-up finishes - the G3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream March 4 and behind New Money Honey in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November. Coasted, outside of one bad outing has been competitive so far but has yet to post a graded stakes score. Jockey Joel Rosario will try to change all of that from the rail.
Beau Recall 15-1
Irish bred Simon Callaghan trained filly has two wins and three runner-up finishes in her six career starts. She enters on the heels of three straight runner-up finishes - the G2 Honeymoon Stakes last time out at Santa Anita June 17, behind Sircat Sally in the G3 Senorita Stakes on that track May 6 and the minor China Doll Stakes also at Santa Anita. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track January 29 and a maiden score overseas in. Beau Recall has been in the mix the last year and shoots for a first stakes score in her fourth try. Flavien Prat rides from gate 2.
Irish bred Michael Doyle trained filly has 13 career starts with four wins and two third place finishes. She had two wins and two third place finishes in nine starts at home before posting consecutive OK fourth place finishes in her first two North American starts - the minor Melody of Colors Stakes February 25 and the minor Sanibel Island Stakes April 1 - both at Gulfstream. She broke through with an Allowance score at Woodbine April 28 and followed that with a career-best effort last time out - a win in the G3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine May 21. Grizzel had failed to place in five starts prior to her most recent two race win streak and will try to build on those efforts from gate 4. David Moran will be in the reins.
Violet Blue 30-1
Has just three career starts for trainer James Toner with one win - that coming last time out in a MSW race on this track June 3. Before that was a fourth and a sixth respectively in another pair of MSW races. Violet Blue steps into stakes company for the first time having improved every time out. That said she looks as though she will be in over her head from post 3. Manuel Franco gets the cal.
Journey Home 30-1
Has three wins in six career starts for trainer Graham Motion. She arrives off one of those wins - the minor Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park June 14 which followed an eighth in the G3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5 and another eighth in the G3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland April 13. She won her first two career starts - the best of which coming in the G3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar in November. Journey Home has shown form in the past and tries for a second graded stakes score (third stakes) when she leaves from gate 6 with Edgar Prado guiding her.
2017 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 8 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:46 PM.
||Beau Recall (IRE)
||Key To My Heart (IRE)
||Irad Ortiz, Jr.
||New Money Honey
||Daddys Lil Darling