OffTrackBetting.com - The G2 Princess Rooney Stakes Presented by Hardacre Farms is on tap for this Saturday, July 1 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A purse of $250,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to saddle up and go seven furlongs on Gulfstream's dirt track.
A field of 11 have been confirmed for the Princess Rooney Stakes - race 12 on Gulfstream's busy Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:34 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all 11 combatants for this intriguing G2 stakes - a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint November 4.
2017 Princess Rooney Stakes Entries at Gulfstream Park
Has five wins and a second-place finish in her 10 career starts for trainer Martin Wolfson - her first four races came on this track. She made her graded stakes debut four starts back and finished an OK fourth in the G2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland October 22 and followed that with a respectable second in the G3 Rampart Stakes on this track December 17. She went on to two straight wins - by a dominant 2 1/2 length win in the G3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes here January 28 and in the G2 Royal Delta Stakes by an incredible six lengths on this track February 18.
Curlin's Approval hasn't looked great in her last two starts however - a seventh as 4-5 favorite last time out in the G3 Matron Stakes at Churchill Downs May 20 followed a fifth as favorite again in the G2 Inside Information Stakes here in March. Curlin's Approval had been on a serious upward trajectory before her last two disappointments, has three stakes wins on this track and hopes to rediscover that form from post 7. Luis Saez has the mount.
Victor Barboza trained mare has 22 career starts with four wins, seven seconds and three third place finishes. She has placed in six straight races ahead of this weekend (all on this track) - a good win last time out in the G2 Inside Information Stakes March 18 followed an OK second in the minor White Pearl Stakes February 18, a decent third in the G3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes January 28, an Allowance Optional Claiming score January 1 and a third and a second respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races to end 2016.
Distinta has three prior graded stakes starts - a seventh in the 2015 G3 Azalea Stakes, a seventh in the 2015 G2 Davona Dale Stakes and a sixth in the G2 Forward Gal Stakes a month prior to that. Distinta has certainly been trending upward ahead of this weekend and chases a second straight graded stakes score from gate 4 Saturday with Edgar Zayas guiding her from gate 4.
Impressive Edgard Zerpa trained filly has five wins, a second and two third place finishes in her eight career starts. She enters off a slightly disappointing third in the G2 Inside Information Stakes on this track March 18 which followed a career-best effort - a win in the G3 Sugar Swirl Stakes here December 17 and a respectable second in the G2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga September 4. Before that was a nice two race win streak - the minor Azalea Stakes over Curlin's Approval last July 2 and the minor Royal Palm Stakes June 4, 2016 - both on this track.
Dearest has been a factor in every career start, has won four of six races on this track and hopes to continue her role from post 3 Saturday. Emisael Jaramillo will be in the irons.
Brian Lynch trained filly has nine career starts and four impressive wins (all at seven furlongs), a second and two third place finishes. Last time out was a third in the G3 Bed o' Roses Invitational at Belmont Park June 9 which followed consecutive fifths - the G1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs May 6 and the G1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita in December.
Before that, Lightstream had a great win by 2 1/4 lengths over Curlin's Approval in the G2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland October 22, a respectable second in the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga August and an OK third in the 2016 G1 Mother Goose Stakes July 2. In 2016, she also had wins in the minor Soaring Softly Stakes May 21, the G3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 17 and a maiden score by 2 1/4 lengths with a 104 Beyer Speed Figure at first asking. Lightstream tries to snap a three-race losing streak Saturday when she leaves from gate 8 with Javier Castellano guiding her.
Three-time graded winner in 2015 and defending third place finisher in this race 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 OK lately - a second last time out in an Allowance at Presque Isle Downs May 29 followed a respectable second in the G2 Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs in November, an eighth in the G2 Presque Isle Downs Masters last September and a close fourth in the G1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga August 27.
Before that were consecutive thirds - the G3 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park July 31 and the G2 Princess Rooney Stakes at Gulfstream Park July 2. She also won the 2015 G1 La Brea Stakes December 26. Birdatthewire now has four wins, five seconds and three third place finishes in 21 career starts and has placed in her last two starts overall. She shoots for a first win in 18 months Saturday when she leaves from gate 2 with Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle.
Has placed in seven of eight career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher - three wins, a second and three third place finishes. She arrives off a second in the minor Sugar Maple Stakes on this track April 22 which followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score here March 24, a seventh in the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga in August and three straight third place finishes in graded stakes action in 2016 - the G3 Delaware Oaks, the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and the G3 Beaumont Stakes.
Kinsley Kisses has been competitive at times, is two-for-two at Gulfstream and shoots for a first stakes score from the outside post 11. Tyler Gaffalione will be in the saddle.
Nicholas Zito trained mare has placed in 14 of 21 career starts - six wins, five seconds and three third place finishes. She made her graded stakes debut March 18 and finished an OK second behind Distinta in the G2 Inside Information Stakes on this track March 18 but hasn't been great in three starts since. Last time out was a fifth in the G3 Bed o' Roses Invitational at Belmont Park June 9 after an eighth in the G3 Vagrancy Handicap on that track May 5 and a sixth in the G1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland April 8. She was OK early in her career but has struggled most recently. Wheatfield chases her first stakes score Saturday when she leaves from post 5 with CJ McMahon aboard.
defending seventh place finisher in this race has 11 wins, four seconds and six third place finishes in 34 career starts for trainer Luis Duco. She enters off a nice win in the minor Ana T. Handicap here June 2 which followed a second, a third and a fourth respectively in a trio of Allowance Optional Claiming races on this track. Concealedwithakiss has been trending upward ahead of this weekend and tries for a first graded stakes win in her second try from gate 10. Marcos Meneses gets the call.
Patrick Biancone trained filly has just two wins in 13 career starts to go along with three seconds and three third place finishes. Last time out was an OK second in the minor Ana T. Handicap here June 2 which followed seven months away, a fourth and two straight thirds in Allowance Optional Claiming races in California. Her only graded stakes result was a sixth in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in December, 2015. Patriotic Diamond hasn't exactly been spectacular in her career and will be after a first stakes score from gate 6 Saturday. Cornelio Velasquez will be in the reins.
More Than a Party
Has 21 career starts for trainer Edwin Broome with eighth wins, three seconds and two third place finishes. She arrives off a fourth in the minor Ana T. Handicap here June 2, an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track May 11 and a third and a tenth respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races to start her 2017 campaign. Her only graded stakes action came in February, 2015 when she finished a good second in the G3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes on this track. More Than a Party has been OK in her career but has yet to record a stakes win. Jockey Luca Panici hopes to change all of that from post 9.
Money Or Love
Anthony Russo trained mare has five wins and three third place finishes in 19 career starts. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a seventh in the minor Ginger Punch Stakes here June 17, a good win in the minor Musical Romance Stakes on this track May 27 and consecutive thirds in Allowance Optional Claiming races on this track this past spring. She has quietly placed in four of her last five starts overall and hopes for a career-best effort from the rail Saturday. Ramsey Zimmerman rides.
2017 Princess Rooney Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 12 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:34 PM.
||Money Or Love
||Drayden Van Dyke
||Victor Barboza, Jr.
||More Than a Party