2017 Santa Anita Oaks Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Santa Anita Oaks will be contested this Saturday, April 8 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Three year old fillies will take to Santa Anita's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $400,000 purse and the 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points for its first through fourth place finishers.

A field of seven will take part in the Santa Anita Oaks ? race 6 on Santa Anita's impressive Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:30 PM. Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all seven entries for this important ?Road to the Kentucky Oaks? G1 stakes.

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2017 Santa Anita Oaks Entries at Santa Anita Park

Abel Tasman - will race for the sixth time for trainer Simon Callaghan having won three times and posted a second place finish in her career already. She made her stakes debut December 10 and scored a terrific win in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos and followed that with another quality result - a runner-up finish behind the terrific Unique Bella in the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes on this track March 4. Before those results she had two more nice wins - an Allowance at Del Mar November 18 and a maiden score at Santa Anita September 30. She was fifth in her debut in August. Abel Tasman has been very good the last 6+ months and tries to keep an impressive run going Saturday with Mile Smith aboard from gate 4.

It Tiz Well - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly has placed in all five career starts - three wins, a second and a third place finish. She arrives off a solid win in the G3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 11, a 3 3/4 length Allowance Optional Claiming score here February 3 and a respectable second in her stakes debut - the G2 Santa Ysabel Stakes on this track January 8. She started her career with a third at October and a maiden score at Los Alamitos December 18. It Tiz Well has been a factor every time out and hopes to build on her two race win streak Saturday with Corey Nakatani in the saddle from gate 2.

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Paradise Woods - will hit the track for just the third time for trainer Richard Mandella having posted a win and a third place finish so far - both on this track. She broke maiden by 4 1/4 lengths in a 5 1/2 furlong MSW last time March 11 after a second in her debut January 26. Paradise Woods steps into stakes company for the first time in pretty good form and hopes her early success translates Saturday. Flavien Prat will be in the irons from post 3.

Mopotism - Doug O'Neill trained filly has six career starts with two wins, two runner-ups and one third place finish to show for it. She finally broke maiden three starts back by 4 1/4 lengths on this track December 30 after an OK third in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos December 10, a second in a MSW November 12 and a fifth in her debut August 28 - both results at Del Mar. She has been equally good in her last two starts - a nice win last time out in the minor Island Fashion Stakes at Sunland Park February 26 followed a decent second behind Unique Bella in the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes here February 5. Mopotism has been in every race so far in her career and will be chasing her first graded stakes score and second straight stakes win overall from the rail. Mario Gutierrez rides.

Majestic Quality - Keith Desormeaux trained filly has two seconds and two third place finishes in her eight career starts. Last time was a respectable second at 23-1 in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds February 25 after a fifth, a third and a second respectively in a trio of MSW with the last two coming on this track. Majestic Quality searches for a first career win Saturday off a career-best effort and will have Kent Desormeaux in the irons from gate 6.

Princess Karen - Jeff Bonde trained filly has two wins in her three career starts - all on this track. One of those wins came last time out - an Allowance Optional Claiming March 10. Before that were a fourth in her only stakes action to date - the G2 Santa Ynez Stakes January 8 and a maiden score at first asking October 15. Princess Karen has been good against lesser competition and hopes to break through against top foes Saturday from post 7. Gary Stevens has the mount.

Bernina Star - has placed in six of eight career starts for trainer James Cassidy - one win, two seconds and three third place finishes. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a fourth in the minor China Doll Stakes March 11, a maiden score February 20, a second and a fourth respectively in a pair of MSW - all four on this track. Bernina Star has been just OK so far in her career but hopes for a major breakthrough Saturday. Santiago Gonzalez has been tabbed to ride from post 5.


2017 Santa Anita Oaks Odds & Entries

Race 6 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer
1 Mopotism Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill
2 It Tiz Well Corey Nakatani Jerry Hollendorfer
3 Paradise Woods Flavien Prat Richard Mandella
4 Abel Tasman Mike Smith Bob Baffert
5 Bernina Star Santiago Gonzalez James Cassidy
6 Majestic Quality Kent Desormeaux J. Desormeaux
7 Princess Karen Gary Stevens Jeff Bonde

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