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OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes takes place this Saturday, June 10 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Belmont Park's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $750,000 purse.
The Ogden Phipps Stakes has attracted a strong field of seven to go in race 5 on Belmont Park's stacked Saturday schedule. Post time is 1:52 PM. Let's take a brief glance into the past performances of all seven entries for this lucrative and intriguing G1 stakes - a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge race for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff on November 3 at Del Mar.
Jerry Hollendorfer trained superstar filly and 2015 Eclipse Award winner for three-year-old filly and 2014 winner for two-year-old fillies will hit the track for the first time since her only career loss - a close second place finish behind the terrific four-time Champion Beholder in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. She won all four of her starts in 2015, the last three in G1 events including by an impressive 5 1/4 lengths in the G1 Del Mar Debutante, the G1 Chandelier Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by an impressive 5 3/4 lengths. She has eight starts in 2016 and seven more impressive wins - in the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx September 24, in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 20, by over five lengths in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 24, by 6 1/2 lengths in the G2 Summertime Oaks June 18, by 3 1/4 lengths in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks April 9, the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths March 5 and by 6 1/2 lengths in the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes February 6. Last time out was that disappointing second in the BC Distaff. She's posted seven gate-to-wire wins in 12 starts - by a combined 50+ lengths and looks to avenge an uncharacteristic outing in her first start in nearly seven months. She has been back training forwardly at Hollendorfer's Southern California base, including a 46 2/5-second half-mile bullet work Tuesday morning and will have Mike Smith in the saddle of the obvious morning line favorite again from post 5.
Bill Mott trained filly has four wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 11 career starts. She enters off an OK third place finish in the G1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs May 6 which followed a disappointing ninth as second choice in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and a decent second in the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx September 24. Before that was an OK third in the G1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga August 27, a second behind Songbird in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 24 and a two-race win streak - the G1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 and by six lengths in the G2 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs last May 6. She also had an uncharacteristic fourth in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April, 2016 and another impressive two race win streak - by 4 1/2 lengths in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs November 28, 2015 and a maiden score by 9 3/4 lengths in record time at Keeneland October 29 of that year. Carina Mia has been decent so far in her career and will be after her first win in nearly a year with Julien Leparoux aboard the morning line second choice from the outside post 7.
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Lightly raced Chad Brown trained mare has four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 13 career starts. She was last seen running fourth as even-money favorite in the G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5 after an OK third in the G1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland April 7 and a good second in the G1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes on that track in October. Before that was a fifth in the G1 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga in August, a second-place finish to I'm A Chatterbox in the G1 Delaware Handicap July 16 and a nice two race win streak - the G2 Fleur de Lis Handicap in her first start around two turns last June 18 and an Allowance Optional Claiming last May 6 - both at Churchill Downs. Paid Up Subscriber has been OK lately and looks to snap a five-race losing streak Saturday with Javier Castellano slated to ride the third betting choice.
Lightly raced Rodrigo Ubillo trained filly has seven wins and a third-place finish in her 10 career starts. She enters on a nice two race win streak - the G2 Ruffian Stakes last time out on this track May 13 and the G3 Distaff Stakes at Aqueduct April 9. Before that was a fourth in the minor Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct in January and another two-race win streak - the G3 Go for Wand Handicap at Aqueduct December 3 and in the minor New York Stallion Series Stakes on that track November 13. She posted an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park September 28 with an 83 Beyer Speed Figure as well. Highway Star has won four of her last five starts overall (all stakes), has been a factor every time out, is unbeaten in four starts on Belmont's main track and hopes to be near the top again Saturday. Angel Arroyo gets the call from the rail.
Won her first three career starts - all at Aqueduct for trainer John Kimmel and has been up and down in 15 starts since. She enters off an OK second in the G3 Ruffian Stakes on this track May 13 after consecutive fourths - the minor Plenty of Grace Stakes at Aqueduct April 15 and the G3 Go for Wand Handicap on that track December 3. Before that was a terrific 18 lengths win with a 117 Beyer Speed Figure in the minor Empire Distaff Handicap at here October 22, a respectable third in the G2 Presque Isle Downs Masters September 19, a seventh in the G2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga July 27, a decent third in the G3 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Belmont Park June 25 and a nice win in the minor Critical Eye Stakes at Belmont Park May 30. She's also posted three straight runner-up finishes - the G2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes October 17, 2015 the G2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga in September, 2015 and in the G1 Test Stakes in August, 2015. She now has five wins, four seconds and three third place finishes in 18 career starts and enters in decent form. Bar of Gold looks for her first ever graded stakes score with Joel Rosario in the saddle from gate 6.
Has placed in 10 of 12 career starts for trainer Barclay Tagg - two wins, six seconds and two third place finishes. She enters this week off a fourth in the G2 Ruffian Stakes here May 13, a decent second in the G2 Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct April 2 and a fourth in the G2 Royal Delta Stakes at Gulfstream Park February 18. Before that was a nice two race win streak - the G3 Comely Stakes Aqueduct in November in her stakes debut, a MSW at Keeneland in October and four straight runner-up finishes in MSW races. Verve's Tale has been decent so far in her career and will be after a second graded stakes score. Luis Saez rides from gate 4.
Joe Sharp trained mare has just four wins, four seconds and a third-place finish in her 24 career starts. Last time out was a fifth in her graded stakes debut - the G1 La Troienne Stakes May 5 which followed a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming t Keeneland April 12, a fifth in the minor New Orleans Ladies Overnight Stakes April 1 and two straight runner-up finishes in Allowance Optional Claiming races at Fair Grounds this past winter. Factory of Faith has failed to place in her last three starts overall and looks as though she will be in over her head Saturday. Jose Ortiz has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
Race 5 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 1:52 PM.
|1||Highway Star||10-1||Angel Arroyo||Rodrigo Ubillo|
|2||Paid Up Subscriber||8-1||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown|
|3||Factory of Faith||30-1||Jose Ortiz||Joe Sharp|
|4||Verve's Tale||20-1||Luis Saez||Barclay Tagg|
|5||Songbird||1-2||Mike Smith||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|6||Bar of Gold||12-1||Joel Rosario||John Kimmel|
|7||Carina Mia||6-1||Julien Leparoux||William Mott|
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