2017 Turnback the Alarm Handicap Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap takes place this Saturday, October 28 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will chase the winner's share of the $200,000 purse when they line up on Belmont Park's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles.

A field of seven will give it a go in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap - race 8 on Belmont Park's impressive Saturday card. Post time is 4:16 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all seven combatants for this G3 stakes.

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2017 Turnback the Alarm Handicap Entries at Belmont Park

Miss Sky Warrior 8-5

Has five wins in seven career starts for trainer Kelly Breen. She races for the first time since May Saturday when she finished a disappointing last of eight in the G1 Kentucky Oaks in May. Before that was a very nice five race win streak - the G2 Gazelle Stakes by 13 lengths at Aqueduct April 8, the G2 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream March 4, the G2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct November 26, the G3 Tempted Stakes on that track November 5 and a front-running seven length maiden score at Parx October 15. She finished fourth in her debut September 11. Miss Sky Warrior was the best in her class at the end of end of 2016/beginning of 2017 and will be in search of a strong bounce back in her return. Javier Castellano has been tabbed to ride the obvious morning line favorite from post 3.

Eskenformoney 3-1

Has 27 career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher with four wins, seven seconds and seven third-place finishes. She has been decent lately placing in eight of her last nine starts overall. Last time out was a third in the G1 Beldame Stakes on this track September 30 which followed another third in the G1 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga August 26, a second behind Money'soncharlotte in the G3 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park July 30 (she was second in the 2016 edition as well) and a third in the listed Lady's Secret Stakes on that track July 2. Before that was a sixth in the G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5, a second in the G2 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 10, another third in the G2 Royal Delta Stakes at Gulfstream Park February 18 and a career-best effort - a win in the G3 Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream. Eskenformoney has placed in five of her last six graded stakes starts and will be out to snap a seven-race losing streak Saturday with John Velazquez aboard the second betting choice from the outside post 7.

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Verve's Tale 7-2

Has placed in 11 of 15 career starts for trainer Barclay Tagg - three wins, six seconds and two third place finishes. She enters this week off a fourth, right behind Eskenformoney in the G1 Beldame Stakes on this track September 30, a win in the minor $100,000 Summer Colony Stakes at Saratoga August 20, a fifth in the G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes on this track June 10, 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 two-race win streak - the G3 Comely Stakes Aqueduct in November in her stakes debut and a MSW at Keeneland in October and four straight runner-up finishes in MSW races. Verve's Tale has been OK so far in her career and will be after a second stakes score in three starts Saturday. Joel Rosario gets the call from gate 4.

Tejana 6-1

Shug McGaughey trained filly has six career starts with three wins and a second-place finish. She arrives off an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track September 28 which followed a fourth and a fifth in similar races this past summer. Before that was an 11-month layoff, a second in her only graded stakes appearance - the G3 Monmouth Oaks last August and two wins to start her career. Tejana searches for her first stakes win Saturday when she leaves from gate 2 with Jose Ortiz aboard.

Birdatthewire 8-1

Three-time graded winner in 2015 made her stakes debut January 24, 2014 one to remember - a win by 3 1/4 lengths in the G2 Forward Gal Stakes and followed that with a decent second in the G2 Davona Dale Stakes February 21 and a good win in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks March 28, 2015. She has been just OK lately - a fourth last time out in the G1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga August 26 followed a fifth in the minor Shine Again Stakes there August 2, another fifth in the G2 Princess Rooney Stakes at Gulfstream Park July 1, a second in an Allowance at Presque Isle Downs May 29 and a respectable second in the G2 Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs in November. Before that was an eighth in the G2 Presque Isle Downs Masters, a close fourth in the 2016 G1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga and consecutive thirds - the G3 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park and the 2016 G2 Princess Rooney Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She also won the 2015 G1 La Brea Stakes December 26. Birdatthewire now has four wins, five seconds and three third place finishes in 24 career starts and will be out to snap a 13-race losing streak dating back to 2015 Saturday. Manuel Franco will be in the irons from post 5.

A Place to Shine 15-1

Benjamin Perking trained filly has 12 career starts with five wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in 12 career starts. She arrives off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Parx September 3 which followed 10 months away, a fifth in a Starter Optional Claiming December 23 and a seventh in the minor Claiming Crown Glass Slipper Stakes December 3 - both at Gulfstream Park. She had two graded stakes starts in 2016 - a fourth in the G3 Monmouth Park August 20 and a runner-up finish in the G3 Delaware Oaks in July. A Place to Shine will be after a first stakes score Saturday when she leaves from the rail with Joe Bravo aboard.

Indian Paint 20-1

Has placed in eight of nine career starts for trainer Kelly Rubley - three wins, three seconds and two third-place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Parx September 23 which followed a second in a similar race at Delaware Park August 23, a sixth in the minor West Virginia Senate President's Cup at Mountaineer August 5 and an Allowance score at Delaware Park in June. Indian Paint has been decent against lesser company and hopes it finally translates in her step up Saturday. Nik Juarez rides.

2017 Turnback the Alarm Handicap Odds & Entries

Race 8 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:16 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 A Place to Shine 15-1 Joe Bravo Benjamin Perkins, Jr.
2 Tejana 6-1 Jose Ortiz Claude McGaughey III
3 Miss Sky Warrior 8-5 Javier Castellano Kelly Breen
4 Verve's Tale 7-2 Joel Rosario Barclay Tagg
5 Birdatthewire 8-1 Manuel Franco Thomas Proctor
6 Indian Paint 20-1 Nik Juarez Kelly Rubley
7 Eskenformoney 3-1 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher

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