2017 Red Bank Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey will be the scene of the G3 Red Bank Stakes on Saturday, May 27. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Monmouth Park's turf track and race one mile for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.

A field of 10 plus three Main Track Only Entries have been confirmed for the Red Bank Stakes - race 9 on Monmouth Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:52 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all 13 combatants for this G3 stakes.

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2017 Red Bank Stakes Entries at Monmouth Park

All Included 9-5

Todd Pletcher trainee has been good in his 17-race career - five wins, two seconds and three third place finishes. He enters in career-best form - a win last time out in the G2 Appleton Stakes April 1 followed consecutive runner-up finishes - the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap February 11 and an Allowance Optional Claiming January 15 - all at Gulfstream Park. Before that was an eighth in the G3 Appleton Stakes back last April and a sixth in the G2 Mac Diarmida Stakes in March - at Gulfstream as well. He also had a decent third in the 2016 G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, another third in the G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes January 9, 2016, a fifth in the G3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West November 21, 2015 and another fifth in the G3 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park October 10 of that year. All Included has been trending up and shoots for a second straight graded stakes score from gate 2. Eddie Castro has been tabbed to ride the morning line favorite.

Rose Brier 7-2

Defending third place finisher in this race (he was fourth in 2014 and 2015) has placed in 30 of 38 career starts for trainer Matthew Hartman - 14 wins, 10 seconds and six third place finishes. He had been very good before struggling his last two starts overall - he finished seventh in the minor Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park April 22 and fifth in the G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream in January. Before that he placed in 10 straight starts with five wins over that span. Three starts back 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 June 5. Rose Brier will be in search of his first ever graded stakes win and enters in in a bit of a funk. Paco Lopez will be in the saddle trying to snap the skid for the second betting choice from post 5.

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Can'thelpbelieving 9-2

Irish bred Graham Motion trained gelding has four wins, five seconds and three third place finishes in 19 career starts. Last time out was a very disappointing eleventh in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 6 which followed nine months away and a career-best win in the G3 Cliffhanger Stakes on this track July 30. He also finished a respectable third in the 2016 G1 Man `o War Stakes at Belmont Park but had a fifth as well in the G1 United Nations Stakes here and a fourth in the G2 Bowling Green Stakes at Saratoga last year. Can'thelpbelieving has been up and down so far in his career and has failed to place in three of his last four starts (his only on-the-board finish was a win two starts back). He tries to gain a little consistency Saturday with Antonio Gallardo aboard the third betting choice from gate 4.

Synchrony 5-1

Has placed in seven of nine career starts for trainer Michael Stidham - three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. He enters off an OK second in the minor Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park April 22, an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Fair Grounds March 20, a fifth in a similar race on that track in February and a third in the G3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland last April. Synchrony has been OK so far and will chase a first stakes score from post 3 Saturday. Mitchell Murrill rides.

Irish Strait 6-1

Has placed in nine of 16 career starts for trainer Graham Motion - four wins and five third place finishes. Last time out was a fourth in the minor Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park April 22 which followed consecutive thirds - an Allowance Optional Claiming at Tampa Bay March 24 and the G3 Tampa Bay Stakes February 11 - his only graded stakes start to date. He has placed in six of his last eight starts ahead of this weekend including two Allowance Optional Claiming scores last fall but has yet to post a stakes win. Jockey Orlando Bocachica has been charged with changing all of that from gate 8.

Special Envoy 6-1

Has placed in 13 of 18 career starts for trainer Arnaud Delacour - five wins, five seconds and three third place finishes. He has been just OK lately - a fourth last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Tampa Bay followed a second in the minor Edward P. Evans Stakes at Pimlico June 25, a fifth in the minor Henry S. Clark Stakes in April, 2016 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in March, 2016. He finished second in the 2015 G3 Cliff Hanger Stakes on this track but was sixth in his only other graded stakes start - the G3 Tamp Bay Stakes in February, 2016. Special Envoy searched for his first ever stakes win in so-so form and will leave from post 9 with Joe Bravo aboard.

Marengo Road 20-1

Lightly raced Michael Trombetta trained Ringling has four wins and a second-place finish in his 11 career starts. He arrives off a tenth in the minor Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park April 22 and 12 months away. Before the layoff was a win in the minor James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico last May, a fourth in the minor Private Terms Stakes last March and a good win in the minor Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park in February, 2016. His only graded stakes start resulted in a ninth in the G2 Remsen Stakes in November, 2015. Marengo Road has been decent at times and tries for a first graded stakes win from post 7 with Julien Pimentel guiding him.

Call First 30-1

Gina Perri trained gelding has 56 career starts with just 14 wins, nine seconds and eight third place finishes. He steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday off a Claiming score March 25, a second in a Claiming March 4 and off-the board finishes in three more Claiming races this past winter. He steps up in so-so form but still looks as though he will be in over his head from gate 6. Jose Ferrer will be in the irons.

Weekend Express 30-1

Timothy Hills trained gelding has just four wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 22 career starts. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday having failed to place in his last three starts overall. A fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out at Belmont Park followed a sixth and a fifth respectively in a pair of similar races to end his 2016 campaign. He did post a win and a pair of seconds before that in three straight Allowance Optional Claiming races - the win came on this track. Weekend Express steps up in less-than-spectacular form and will leave from the rail with Jose Ferrer aboard.

Schoolofhardrocks 30-1

Has just four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 23 career starts for trainer Willard Thompson. He has failed to place in any of his five graded stakes starts but steps up for the first time since 2014 this week. Last time out was an eighth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Laurel Park after a fourth and a third respectively in another pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races in October. He did have an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track in August before that. Schoolofhardrocks hasn't been great and will leave from the outside gate 10 with a yet-to-be-determined jockey in the irons.

Encryption 9-2

Main Track Only Entry has six wins, three seconds and six third place finishes in 22 career starts. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream April 23 which followed a fifth and a third in a pair of Allowance races before that. He's multiple stakes placed and he did win the minor Turning for Home Stakes at Parx in 2016 but hasn't been all that great lately.

Adirondack King 5-1

Main Track Only Entry has 44 career starts for trainer John Servis with just seven wins, 10 seconds and six third place finishes. He won the minor Chandelier Stakes in March, 2016 and also won another minor stakes race in 2011 but has been inconsistent since. He has failed to place in three of his last four starts ahead of this weekend - a fifth last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming April 23 followed a fourth in the minor Challenger Stales at Tampa Bay March 11, a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming in February and consecutive fourths - one being the G2 Monmouth Cup on this track in July.

Just Call Kenny 6-1

Main Track Only Entry has just four wins, three seconds and six third place finishes in 25 career starts for trainer Patrick McBurney. He posted consecutive thirds in graded stakes races in 2014 and has been just OK since. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Laurel Park April 21 after a third in an Allowance at Parx April 1 and a fourth and a third respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races to start 2017.


2017 Red Bank Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 9 on Monmouth Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:52 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Weekend Express 30-1 Jose Ferrer Timothy Hills
2 All Included 9-5 Eddie Castro Todd Pletcher
3 Synchrony 5-1 Mitchell Murrill Michael Stidham
4 Can'thelpbelieving (IRE) 9-2 Antonio Gallardo H. Motion
5 Rose Brier 7-2 Paco Lopez Matthew Hartman
6 Call First 30-1 Jose Ferrer Gina Perri
7 Marengo Road 20-1 Julian Pimentel Michael Trombetta
8 Irish Strait 6-1 Orlando Bocachica H. Motion
9 Special Envoy 6-1 Joe Bravo Arnaud Delacour
10 Schoolofhardrocks 30-1 J. Thompson
11 Encryption 9-2 Kelly Breen
12 Adirondack King 5-1 Nik Juarez John Servis
13 Just Call Kenny 6-1 Paco Lopez Patrick McBurney

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