2017 Yellow Ribbon Handicap Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap comes our way this Saturday, August 5 from Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, California. A purse of $200,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to saddle up and go 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar's turf track.

A field of eight have been confirmed for the Yellow Ribbon Handicap - race 8 on Del Mar's busy Saturday card. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here is a brief look into the past performances of all eight entries for this G2 stakes.

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Richard Mandella trained mare has 14 career starts with six wins and three third place finishes. She has looked good lately - a third last time out behind the superb Lady Eli and Goodyearforroses in the G1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 27 followed another quality third behind Lady Eli back on November 5 in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, a win in gate-to-wire fashion in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita October 1, another win in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar September 4 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track last July. She failed to place in her prior three starts. Avenge arrives in very good form having placed in her last five starts overall, she has won both of her starts on Del Mar turf and will try to snap a two-race losing streak from the outside gate 8. Flavien Prat gets the call on the 123-pound highweight and morning line favorite.


Thomas Proctor trained mare has placed in nine of 11 career starts - four wins and five third place finishes. She arrives off an OK third in the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx July 4 after a career-best effort - a two length win in her graded stakes debut - the G3 Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico May 20 and consecutive thirds in minor stakes action - the Dahlia Stakes at Laurel Park April 22 and the Daisey Devine Stakes at Fair Grounds February 25. Before that were three straight Allowance scores to end her 2016 campaign. Cambodia has been a factor in every start the last eight months and shoots for a second graded stakes score in three starts from post 7. Drayden Van Dyke will be in the reins.

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Hillhouse High

Richard Baltas trained mare has placed in 16 of 24 career starts - four wins, six seconds and six third place finishes. Last time out was a sixth in the G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 6 which followed a career-best effort - a win in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita April 8. Before that was a fourth in the minor Wishing Well Stakes at Santa Anita March 10 and consecutive thirds - the G3 Buena Vista Stakes in February and the G2 Goldikova November. She also had an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Santa Anita October 6 and a second in a similar race at Del Mar in August. Hillhouse High has failed to place in two of her last three starts but the other result over that span was an impressive one. She has been a tad tough to figure out and will leave from post 5 with Corey Nakatani guiding her.

Kiss Me Now

Brazilian bred Paulo Lobo trained filly will make her North American debut Saturday after nine starts at home resulted in three wins and a third-place finish. She won a pair of Group 1 races at home this past winter and also posted a third in another Group 1 race to end her 2016 campaign. She has just one start in 2017 resulting in a fifth in the Group 3 Apertura January 7. Kiss Me Now was impressive this past winter and hopes her success in Brazil translates in North America. Tiago Josue Pereira gets the call in Kiss Me Now's first start in eight months from gate 2.

Pretty Girl

Lightly raced Argentinean bred Paulo Lobo trained mare has 11 career starts with four wins, two seconds and a third-place finish. She was at her best overseas in 2014 when she won a Group 1 and a Group 2 race - she won the minor Prix Jacques de Bremond in France in July, 2016 as well. She has five starts in North America and has been OK in all - a fifth last time out in the G1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 27 followed another a fifth in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes there April 8 and consecutive seconds - the G2 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita March 12 and behind Goodyearforroses in the minor Robert J. Frankel Stakes on that track December 31. Pretty Girl tries for her first North American score Saturday and enters in OK form. Mike Smith has been tabbed to ride from gate 6.


Brazilian bred Neil Drysdale trained mare has five wins and three third place finishes in her 12 career starts - she won all five starts at home including a pair of Group 1 stakes, a Group 2 and a Group 3 - impressive. She hasn't kept up the momentum since shipping however - an OK third in the G3 Wilshire Stakes last time out at Santa Anita July 1 followed a fourth in the G Monrovia Stakes on that track May 27, a third in the G3 Royal Heroine Stakes April 8, an eleventh in the G3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes November 5 and a pair of fifths - the G3 LA Woman Stakes October 9 and the minor Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar in August. Juno has yet to show that she can hang in North American stakes company and hopes to change her luck around Saturday from gate 4. Gary Stevens will be in the saddle.


British bred James Cassidy trained mare has five wins, a second and five third-place finishes in 18 career starts. She won the minor CTT and TOC Handicap on this track last August and has been Ok in four starts since. Last time out was a fifth in the listed Astra II Stakes at Santa Anita February 2 after a third in the listed Robert J. Frankel Stakes on that track December 31, a fifth in the G3 Red Carpet Stakes on this track November 24 and a third in the G1 Rodeo Drove Stakes in October. Frenzified tries for a first graded stakes score Saturday and enters in so-so form. Santiago Gonzalez has the mount from post 3.


James Cassidy trained mare has just two wins in 14 career starts to go along with three seconds and six third-place finishes. She started her career in France where she placed in her first five starts but failed to place in her last two there. She has been OK in seven North American starts - one win, one second and four third-place finishes. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time Saturday off a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita June 11, a seventh in a similar race on that track May 7 and an OK third in the minor Kathryn Crosby Stakes on this track in November. Amboseli has been decent lately and hopes for a breakthrough performance from the rail. Victor Espinoza has been tabbed to ride.

2017 Yellow Ribbon Handicap Odds & Entries

Race 8 on Del Mar's Saturday card with a Post Time of 8:30 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer
1 Amboseli Victor Espinoza James Cassidy
2 Kiss Me Now (BRZ) Tiago Pereira Paulo Lobo
3 Frenzified (GB) Santiago Gonzalez James Cassidy
4 Juno (BRZ) Gary Stevens Neil Drysdale
5 Hillhouse High Corey Nakatani Richard Baltas
6 Pretty Girl (ARG) Mike Smith Paulo Lobo
7 Cambodia Drayden Van Dyke Thomas Proctor
8 Avenge Flavien Prat Richard Mandella