OffTrackBetting.com - Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa will be the scene of the G3 Iowa Oaks on Thursday, July 6. Three-year-old fillies will take to Prairie Meadows dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
A field of 10 have been confirmed for the Iowa Oaks - race 9 on Prairie Meadows Thursday schedule. Post time is 9:50 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all 10 combatants for this intriguing G3 stakes.
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2017 Iowa Oaks Entries at Prairie Meadows
Ever So Clear 7-2
Steve Asmussen trained filly has three wins, a second and a third-place finish in her nine career starts. Last time out was an ugly ninth in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 which followed a career-best effort - a win at this distance in the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 14 and consecutive fifths including the G3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 11. Other graded stakes results include a third in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs in November, a second in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes in September and a fifth in the G2 Adirondack Stakes in August. Ever So Clear is the most experienced entry against top company and will be after a strong bounce back and second graded stakes score in three starts when she departs from post 5 with Mike Smith guiding the tepid morning line favorite and 121 pound co-highweight.
Chanel's Legacy 4-1
Has placed in eight of 11 career starts for trainer Lynn Chleborad - five wins, two seconds and a third-place finish. Last time out was a nice win in the minor Panthers Stakes on this track June 8 which followed consecutive runner-up finishes - behind Ever So Clear 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. Outside of one bad outing Chanel's Legacy has been a factor in every start in 2017. She posted several bullet works on this track in May and is expected to be competitive again Thursday. Alex Birzer has been tabbed to ride the morning line second choice and other 121 pound co-highweight from gate 4.
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Shane's Girlfriend 5-1
Will race for just the fifth time for trainer Doug O'Neill having posted two wins and a third-place finish so far. Her first start was a good one - a 5 3/4 length maiden score at six furlongs at Santa Anita October 28 and her second was a dominant 13 1/4 length triumphant step into stakes company in the $400,000 G3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes November 19. She has struggled a tad in two starts since however - a fifth last time out in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds February 25 followed a third behind the terrific Unique Bella in the G2 Santa Ynez Stakes January 8. Shane's Girlfriend hopes to return to her early-career form Thursday when she departs from post 3 with Kyle Frey guiding her.
Jordan's Henny 6-1
Michael Tomlinson trained filly two wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in her 11 career starts. She finally broke maiden in her seventh career starts - at Gulfstream December 18 and followed that with a respectable runner-up finish at 19-1 odds behind Miss Sky Warrior in the G2 Davona Dale Stakes March 4. She enters off an impressive 7 1/2 length Allowance Optional Claiming score at Churchill Downs June 4 which followed an uncharacteristic twelfth in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 and a third in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks April 1. Her other graded stakes result was a fifth in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in September. Jordan's Henny has two wins, a second and a third-place finish in her last five starts overall and is expected to be in the mix Thursday. Joe Rocco Jr. will be in the reins from gate 8.
Tapa Tapa Tapa 6-1
Has placed in four of eight career starts for trainer Timothy Hamm - three wins and a second place finish. Last time out was a sixth in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 19 which followed an OK fourth in the G3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 11, a nice win in the minor Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay February 11 and a seventh in the G3 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland in October. Before that was a somewhat disappointing stakes debut - a sixth in the G1 Natalma Stakes September 18, an Allowance score August 27, a maiden score July 31 and a second in her debut July 16. Tapa Tapa Tapa has been decent in times in his career and hopes to hit the board in graded stakes company for the first time Thursday. Robby Albarado will ride from the rail.
Swing and Sway 8-1
Has three wins and a second-place finish in six career starts for trainer Ron Moquett. She makes her graded stakes debut Thursday off a nice 4 3/4 length win in the minor Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes June 19, an eighth in the minor Bouwerie Stakes at Belmont Park May 29 and Allowance Optional Claiming score at Oaklawn Park April 6 and a second in an Allowance on that track in March. Swing and Sway enters off a career-best outing and could be a factor from the outside gate 10 Thursday with Ricardo Santana Jr. scheduled to ride.
Pinch Hit 10-1
Brad Cox trained filly has two wins and to seconds in her six career starts. She makes her stakes debut Thursday off an Allowance score at Churchill Downs May 27, a second in a Claiming race at Keeneland April 23 and a Maiden Claiming score at Oaklawn Park March 23. She failed to place in her previous two starts. Pinch Hit steps up in career-best form and hopes for a to make a statement from gate 2 Thursday. Jon Kenton Court gets the call.
Natalie's Mischief 10-1
Has placed in five of seven career starts for trainer Joe Offolter - one win, three seconds and a third-place finish. She makes her grade stakes debut Thursday off a second-place finish behind Chanel's Legacy in the minor Panthers Stakes on this track June 8 which followed a maiden score at Will Rogers May 1 and a fifth in a similar race at Oaklawn Park April 8. Her other stakes action resulted in a third in the minor Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes at Remington Park in October. Natalie's Mischief has been OK so far in her career and hopes for a career-best outing in her step up in competition. Quincy Hamilton has the mount from gate 6.
Terrell Gore trained filly has four wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in nine career starts and steps into graded stakes company for the first time Thursday. Last time out was a nice win in the minor Purple Violet Stakes at Arlington June 3 which followed a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Churchill Downs May 5, a second in a similar race at Hawthorne April 1 and two straight wins - the best of which coming in the minor Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Stakes at Hawthorne in December. Babybluesdancing has won four of her last six start overall including two minor stakes and could surprise from post 9. Ramon Vazquez rides.
Mo's M V P 15-1
Has a win and a second-place finish in her six career starts for trainer Michael Campbell. Her win came last time out - a maiden score at Arlington June 11 which followed a second in a similar race on that track May 20 and three straight fourths including the minor Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes in September. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time off her two best outings to date and will have Santo Sanjur in the irons from post 7.
2017 Iowa Oaks Odds & Entries
Race 9 on Prairie Meadows's Thursday card with a Post Time of 10:50 PM.
|1||Tapa Tapa Tapa||6-1||Robby Albarado||Timothy Hamm|
|2||Pinch Hit||10-1||Corey Lanerie||Brad Cox|
|3||Shane's Girlfriend||5-1||Kyle Frey||Doug O'Neill|
|4||Chanel's Legacy||4-1||Alex Birzer||Lynn Chleborad|
|5||Ever So Clever||7-2||Mike Smith||Steven Asmussen|
|6||Natalie's Mischief||10-1||Quincy Hamilton||Joe Offolter|
|7||Mo's M V P||15-1||Santo Sanjur||Michael Campbell|
|8||Jordan's Henny||6-1||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||Michael Tomlinson|
|9||Babybluesbdancing||12-1||Ramon Vazquez||Terrel Gore|
|10||Swing and Sway||8-1||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Ron Moquett|