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OffTrackBetting.com - Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Ranson, West Virginia will play host to the G3 Charles Town Oaks on Saturday, September 23. Three year old fillies will be featured when they take to Charles Town's dirt track and race seven furlongs for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.
An overflow field of 10 plus four Alternate Entries have been confirmed for the Charles Town Oaks - race 12 on Charles Town's Saturday schedule. Post time is 10:18 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all 14 combatants for this competitive G3 stakes.
Michael Matz trained filly finished seventh in her debut and has placed in seven of eight starts since - three wins, three seconds and a third-place finish. She enters off an OK third in the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga August 5 after a disappointing seventh in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5, a respectable second behind Salty in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks April 1 and a nice three race win streak - the G2 Forward Gal Stakes at 14-1 odds in her graded stakes debut at Gulfstream February 4, the minor Smart Halo Stakes by a length at Laurel Park November 19 and a maiden score at Keeneland in October in her fourth career start. Tequilita has been decent so far and chases a second graded stakes score from post 5. Luis Saez will be in the irons of the morning line favorite.
Bill Mott trained filly has hit the board in all six career starts - two wins, two seconds and two third-place finishes. Last time out was an OK third in the G3 Monmouth Oaks August 12 which followed a career-best effort - a front-running win in the G3 Indiana Oaks May 15 - her stakes debut. Before that was a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park June 1, a second in an Allowance on that track May 3 and a maiden score at Gulfstream April 5. Overture has been a factor in every race so far and hopes to be again Saturday. She shoots for her second graded stakes win in three starts from post 3. Jose Ortiz gets the call.
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Has placed in five of six career starts for trainer Benjamin W. Perkins Jr. - three wins and two second-place finishes. She arrives off a respectable second, just ahead of Overture in the G2 Monmouth Oaks August 12 which followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Penn National July 1, a seventh in the minor Alma North Stakes at Laurel Park June 17 and a second in her only other graded stakes action to date - the G3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 9. She won her first two career starts as well. Sine Wave has been competitive so far but has yet to post a stakes score. Jockey Robby Albarado has been tabbed with changing all of that from post 9.
Has placed in eight of 13 career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill - five wins and three runner-up finishes. She made her stakes debut two starts back and finished fourth against older fillies and mares in the G3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar August 13 and followed that with a good win after being elevated thanks to a DQ last time out in the G3 Torrey Pines Stakes on that track August 27. She also had a Claiming score by 4 1/2 lengths July 29, a second in a Claiming at Santa Anita June 30 and two more Claiming scores at Santa Anita early in the summer. Munny Spunt was good against lesser company early on and proved last time out that she can succeed in stakes company as well. Drayden Van Dyke will try to make it two straight graded stakes wins for Munny Spunt from gate 8.
Graham Motion trained filly has two wins and two runner-up finishes in her eight career starts. Last time out was a disappointing eighth on turf in the minor Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga August 24 which followed an OK fourth in a very good field in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 2, a fifth in the G3 Delaware Oaks July 8, a 2 1/4 length Optional Claiming score at Monmouth Park May 20, a seventh in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in December and a career-best runner-up finish behind Miss Sky Warrior in the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct in November. Berned shoots for a first stakes score Saturday in her sixth try when she departs form the rail. Feargal Lynch has been tabbed to ride.
Has placed in eight of 13 career starts for trainer David Cannizzo - five wins, two seconds and a third-place finish. Last time out was an eighth in the competitive G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga August 5 which followed a slightly disappointing fourth in the G3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows July 6, a nice gate-to-wire win in the minor Panthers Stakes on that track June 8 and consecutive runner-up finishes - in the G3 Fantasy Stakes April 14 and the minor Purple Martin Stakes March 25 - both at Oaklawn Park. Before that was a disappointing sixth in the G3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 11 and consecutive wins in minor stakes action at Oaklawn Park to start her year. Chanel's Legacy was good earlier this year but has failed to place in her last two starts overall. Jockey Jose Montano will try to change her fortunes around from gate 6.
Has six career starts for trainer Larry Jones with three wins and a second-pace finish. She enters off a sixth in the minor Alma North Stakes at Laurel Park June 17 after a fifth in her only graded stakes action to date - the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico May 19 and a three-race win streak - the best of which coming in the minor Austintown Filly Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Valley April 15. Astrollinthepark was competitive early in her career and hopes to rediscover that form from gate 2 Saturday. Alex Cintron rides.
Todd Pletcher trained filly has a win, a second and a third-place finish in seven career starts. Last time out was a fourth in an Allowance at Saratoga September 3 which followed a second and an eighth respectively in another pair of Allowance races in July. Before that were consecutive fourths including her only stakes action to date - the G2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 8. Stay Fond has been largely underwhelming but shoots for a career-best effort from gate 4. John Velazquez will be in the saddle.
Has four career starts for trainer Linda Rice with three wins - the last two in impressive gate-to-wire fashion. She made an underwhelming stakes debut last time out however and finished sixth in the G2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga September 3 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park July 13, an Allowance win on that track May 27 and a MSW victory at Laurel Park April 23. Downtown Mama searches for a bounce back and for a first stakes win Saturday when she leaves from gate 10 with a yet-to-be determined jockey aboard.
Has placed in nine of 10 career starts for trainer Gerald Bennett - six wins, a second and two third-place finishes. Last time out was an OK third in the listed Azalea Stakes at Gulfstream Park July 1 after a nice win in the minor Liza Jane Handicap on that track June 7, a sixth in the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico May 19 and a good win in the minor Stonehenge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes at Tampa Bay in April. Before that was a third in the minor Suncoast Stakes February 11 and three straight minor stakes scores - the Gasparilla Stakes January 21, the Sandpipe Stakes December 3 (both at Tampa Bay) and the Juvenile Fillies Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream in November. R Angel Katelyn has been competitive every time out and searches for a breakthrough in graded stakes company from post 7 with Kendrick Carmouche aboard.
Alternate Entry - Edward Barker trained filly has four wins in her 12 career starts - she was on the Kentucky Oaks trail for a while this year. She won three listed stakes races this past winter including the Furlough Stakes, the Ruthless Stakes and Busher Stakes - all at Aqueduct. She has failed to place in her last five starts however - an eighth last time out in the G2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga September 3 followed a ninth in the listed Coronation Cup on that track July 31, a fourth in the listed Jersey Girl Stakes at Belmont Park June 11, a tenth in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 19 and an eighth in the G2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 8. Yorkiepoo Princess hasn't been all that impressive lately but hopes to return to her winter form if she does indeed saddle up Saturday.
Alternate Entry has five wins in eight career starts for trainer Kathleen O'Connell. Last time out was a disappointing ninth in the G3 Monmouth Oaks August 12 which followed a good win in the minor Azalea Stakes at Gulfstream Park July 1 and a couple of underwhelming results - a seventh in the minor Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park June 10 and an eleventh in the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes May 19. She won her first four career starts - the best of which came in the listed Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream in March. Who's the Lady has been very impressive at times and looks to be over her mini-slump.
Alternate Entry - Rodney Jenkins trained filly has five wins and a third-place finish in her seven career starts. She has won two straight races ahead of this weekend - the minor Twixt Stakes August 12 and the minor Alma North Stakes June 17 - both at Laurel Park. Before that was a seventh in her only graded stakes action to date - the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 19 and three straight wins at Laurel Park including two Allowance Optional Claiming races. Shimmering Aspen has been a factor virtually every time out and hopes to be again if she does draw in.
Alternate Entry - Kathleen O'Connell trained filly has three wins and four third-place finishes in 11 career starts. Last time out was a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming August 20 which followed a win and another second in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races - all results at Monmouth Park. Before that was a fifth in the minor Crank It Up Stakes on that track in June and a ninth in the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in May Stormy Embrace has been OK against lesser company and hopes to place in stakes company for the first time if she does line up Saturday.
Race 12 on Charles Town's Saturday card with a Post Time of 10:18 PM.
|1||Berned||8-1||Feargal Lynch||H. Motion|
|2||Astrollinthepark||15-1||Alex Cintron||J. Jones|
|3||Overture||5-1||Jose Ortiz||William Mott|
|4||Stay Fond||12-1||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher|
|5||Tequilita||7-2||Luis Saez||Michael Matz|
|6||Chanel's Legacy||12-1||Jose Montano||David Cannizzo|
|7||R Angel Katelyn||12-1||Kendrick Carmouche||Gerald Bennett|
|8||Munny Spunt||4-1||Drayden Van Dyke||Doug O'Neill|
|9||Sine Wave||8-1||Albin Jimenez||Benjamin Perkins, Jr.|
|10||Downtown Mama||6-1||John Velazquez||Linda Rice|
|11||Yorkiepoo Princess||15-1||Edwin Gonzalez||Edward Barker|
|12||Who's the Lady||12-1||Jevian Toledo||Kathleen O'Connell|
|13||Shimmering Aspen||5-1||Steve Hamilton||Rodney Jenkins|
|14||Stormy Embrace||15-1||Wilmer Garcia||Kathleen O'Connell|
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