2017 Fort Lauderdale Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida will be the scene of the G2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes on Saturday, January 14. Horses four years old and upward will take to Gulfstream's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.

A large field of 12 have been confirmed for the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes - race 10 on Gulfstream's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 4:34 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all 12 entries for this G2 stakes.

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2017 Fort Lauderdale Stakes Entries at Gulfstream Park

Divisidero - William Bradley trainee has four wins, a second and two third place finishes in nine career starts. He was last seen back on June 11 when he finished fifth in the G1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park. That result followed a good win in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 7, a second in the G3 Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream in April and a third in the G3 Canadian Turf Stakes in February. He also had a disappointing seventh in the G1 Belmont Derby Invitational in July, 2015 and consecutive stakes wins - the minor $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes May 30, 2015 and the G2 American Turf Stakes four weeks earlier at Churchill Downs. Divisidero has been competitive for sure but will be out to avenge an average effort last time out. He shoots for his second graded stakes score in three starts in his return to action after seven months away. Edgar Prado gets the call from post 7.

Heart to Heart - Canada's 2014 champion 3-year-old male, multiple G3 winning Brian Lynch trainee and defending champion in this race enters in good form - a front running win last time out in the minor El Prado Stakes on this track December 17 followed a fourth in the minor Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct November 19, a nice win in the G3 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park October 10, a fourth in the G1 Shoemaker Mile in June and a second in the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland April 15. Before that were three straight wins - all in gate-to-wire fashion - the G3 Canadian Turf Stakes here February 27, over Lukes Alley in the 2016 G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes here January 9 and in the G3 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 26. In 2014 he had a nice three race win streak - the G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs, the G3 Jefferson Cup Stakes and the minor Better Talk Now Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion. Heart to Heart now has 11 wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 25 career starts and has won five of his last eight starts overall. Jockey Julien Leparoux hopes to keep an impressive roll going Saturday - on a track he's won all three career starts - from the rail.

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Lukes Alley - 2014 Sovereign Award winner as champion older horse in Canada and last year's runner-up in this race has been good in limited action the last 24 months. He enters off a somewhat disappointing fifth in the G2 Autumn Stakes at Woodbine November 6 and nine months away from the track. Before the layoff was a great win in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap back in February and three straight runner-up finishes - the 2016 G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes January 9, the G2 Autumn Stakes November 8, 2015 and the G3 Durham Cup Stakes October 3 of that year. He also posted an Allowance score by 2 3/4 lengths September 12, 2015 and wins in the 2014 Autumn Stakes and 2014 Durham Cup Stakes. He has eight wins and four second place finishes in 15 career starts and has six wins and four seconds in his last 11 overall. Lukes Alley tries to get back to his 2014/2015 form when he leaves from gate 6 Saturday with Paco Lopez guiding him.

Flatlined - Charles Dickey trained gelding has 18 career starts with four wins, four seconds and two third place finishes. He enters on the heels of consecutive runner-up finishes - behind Heart to Heart in the minor El Prado Stakes on this track December 17 and an Allowance Optional Claiming November 11. Before that was a fifth in an Allowance at Keeneland October 15, an eighth in the G2 Commonwealth Turf Cup at Laurel Park September 24 and consecutive wins - the best coming in the minor Old Friends Stakes at Kentucky Downs September 8. Flatlined has failed to place in her two graded stakes tries and hopes for a breakthrough performance from post 9 Saturday. Joe Bravo will be in the reins.

Macagone - legendary trainer Bill Mott sends out Macagone who has seven wins, three seconds and five third place finishes in 23 career starts. He arrives off a nice win over Heart to Heart in the minor Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct November 19 which followed a third in the minor Mohawk Stakes at Belmont Park October 22 and a tenth in the G2 Commonwealth Turf Cup at Laurel Park in September. He also won the minor Danger's Hour Stakes at Aqueduct in April. Macagone shoots for a first graded stakes score in his second attempt Saturday and for his second straight stakes win overall when he leaves from post 11 with Corey Lanerie in the reins.

Night Prowler - won the G3 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 3, 2015 and followed that with a somewhat disappointing fifth as favorite in the G3 Palm Beach Stakes on this track March 7. He has been up and down since - a third last time out in the minor Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct November 19 followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park October 19, a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Saratoga in August and an eleventh in the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on that track in August. He also had a respectable second after leading most of the way in the G3 Penn Mile in May, 2015 and a nice win in the G3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland April 15, 2015. Night Prowler has been inconsistent in his career and will be after his first stakes score in 21 months. Javier Castellano rides from gate 2.

Almanaar - British bred Chad Brown trained colt has placed in eight of 12 career starts. He won three of his last four starts in Europe before shipping including the Group 2 Prix Paul de Moussac June 15, 2015 and the Group 3 Prix Daphnis June 29 of that year - both at Chantilly. He has two North American starts with less-than-spectacular results - a third last time out in a Allowance Optional Claiming October 19 and a fourth in a similar race September 17 - both at Belmont Park. Almanaar was good at home and hopes to make a statement on North American soil from gate 8. Joel Rosario rides.

Jay Gatsby - has 16 career starts with four wins, seven seconds and a third place finish. He enters off an ugly seventh in the minor Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct November 19 which followed three straight seconds - just behind Heart to Heart in the G3 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park October 10, the G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap September 5 and the minor Lure Stakes at Saratoga August 6. He also posted an Allowance Optional Claiming score June 3, a fifth in the G2 Pan American Stakes in April and a second and a win respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races to start last year. Jay Gatsby has placed in four if his last five starts overall (2 graded stakes) and will be after a first stakes win from gate 10. Luis Saez has been tabbed to ride.

Fire Away - Shug McGaughey trainee has placed in seven of 11 career starts - four wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He makes his stakes debut Saturday having posted three wins and two runner-up finishes in his last five starts overall. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Aqueduct November 16 which followed a second, two wins and another second in a quartet of Allowance races at various New York tracks. Fire Away has been good against lesser competition and hopes to keep the momentum going in his step up - from the outside gate 12 with John Velazquez guiding him.

Rose Brier - has placed in 30 of 36 career starts for trainer Jane Cibelli - 14 wins, 10 seconds and six third place finishes. He has been very good the last 16 months placing in all 10 starts with five wins over that span. Last time out was a second after being DQ'd from first in the G3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West November 26 which followed a win in the minor Bert Allen Stakes at Laurel Park September 24, a second in the minor West Virginia House Delegates Speaker's Cup at Mountaineer in August, a win in the minor Edward P. Evans Stakes at Pimlico June 25 and a third in the G3 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park June 5. Rose Brier will be in search of his first ever graded stakes win and enters in very good form. Jose Lezcano will be in the saddle trying to get Rose Brier over the hump from post 5.

Diamond Bachelor - Patrick Biancone trained gelding has just four wins and five runner-up finishes in 33 career starts and has failed to place in seven career graded stakes tries. He has been OK ahead of this weekend however - a second last time out in the minor Claiming Crown Jewel Staked December 3 followed two straight minor stakes scores on this track - the Mr. Steele Stakes October 1 and the The Vid Stakes September 3. Diamond Bachelor has two wins and two seconds in his last four starts overall and will be out to make a statement from post 3 Saturday. Lane Luzzi gets the call.

Copingaway - Jaime Mehia trained colt has three wins, four seconds and four third place finishes in 28 career starts. He has failed to place in his three career graded stakes tries including a fifth five starts back in the G2 Smile Sprint Stakes on this track July 2. He enters in less-than-spectacular form - consecutive fourths ahead of this weekend in the minor Showing Up Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 5 and the minor Mr. Steele Stakes on this track October 1 followed a win, a second and a third respectively in a trio of Allowance Optional Claiming races this past summer. He did win the minor English Channel Stakes on this track in May. Copingaway tries for his first graded stakes win in so-so form and will depart from gate 4 with Jairo Rendon aboard.

2017 Fort Lauderdale Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 10 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:34 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Heart to Heart 3-1 Julien Leparoux Brian Lynch
2 Night Prowler 8-1 Javier Castellano Chad Brown
3 Diamond Bachelor 30-1 Lane Luzzi Patrick Biancone
4 Copingaway 30-1 Jairo Rendon Jaime Mejia
5 Rose Brier 15-1 Jose Lezcano Jane Cibelli
6 Lukes Alley 8-1 Paco Lopez Josie Carroll
7 Divisidero 4-1 Edgar Prado William Bradley
8 Almanaar (GB) 8-1 Joel Rosario Chad Brown
9 Flatlined 15-1 Joe Bravo Charles Dickey
10 Jay Gatsby 5-1 Luis Saez James Jerkens
11 Macagone 15-1 Corey Lanerie William Mott
12 Fire Away 12-1 John Velazquez Claude McGaughey III