2017 Gamely Stakes Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Gamely Stakes comes our way this Saturday, May 27 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A purse of $300,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Santa Anita's turf track.

A field of six will give it a go in the Gamely Stakes - race 5 on Santa Anita's packed Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:00 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all six combatants for this G1 stakes.

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2017 Gamely Stakes Contenders at Santa Anita Park

Lady Eli - impressive Chad Brown trained star mare has been superb in her 10-race career - seven wins and three second place finishes. She enters on he heels of consecutive close runner-up finishes - the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes by a head as favorite last time out at Keeneland April 15 and by just a nose in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Before that was a great win in the G1 Flower Bowl Stakes at Belmont Park October 8, another second in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga August 27 and 13 months away from the track. Before the layoff were wins in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in July, 2015, in the minor Wonder Again Stakes May 31, the G3 Appalachian Stakes in April and a career defining 2 3/4 length win in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Lady Eli was an Eclipse Award finalist in 2014 and 2016 and looks to get back on that path again. She could easily be undefeated but tries to snap a two race losing streak Saturday with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard the obvious favorite from the outside gate 6.

Avenge - Richard Mandella trained filly has 13 career starts with six wins and two third place finishes. She has looked good lately - a third last time out behind Lady Eli way back on November 5 in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf followed a win in gate-to-wire fashion in the G1 Rodeo Drive Stakes on this track October 1, another win in the G2 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar September 4 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track in July. She failed to place in her prior three starts but had an OK win in the minor Ultrafleet Stakes on this track before that. Avenge arrives in very good form for her first race in nearly seven months with Flavien Prat in the reins from the rail.

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Goodyearforroses - Irish bred filly has 16 career starts with seven wins and two third place finishes for trainer Richard Baltas. She enters off an OK fast-closing fifth in the G1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 15 which followed a three race win streak - the G2 Santa Ana Stakes at this distance, on this track March 12, the minor Astra II Stakes February 2 and the Robert J. Frankel Stakes December 31 - all at Santa Anita. Before that was an OK third in the G3 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine November 5, a disappointing seventh in the G2 Canadian Stakes on that track in September and another two race win streak - the minor Flaming Page Stakes at Woodbine August 13 and an Allowance there July 22. Goodyearforroses has won five of her last eight starts overall and searches for a second graded stakes score Saturday with Corey Nakatani guiding her from gate 4.

Mokat - has two wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 14 career starts for trainer Richard Baltas. Last time out was an OK second in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes on this track April 8 which followed a fifth in the G3 Buena Vista Stakes here February 18 and a twelfth in the G1 America Oaks on this track December 31. Before that was a fifth in the G1 QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland October 15, a fourth in the G2 Del Mar Oaks August 20 and a career-defining 3 3/4 length win in the G2 San Clemente Handicap July 23. She also had a respectable second behind Songbird in the G1 Santa Anita Oak April 9 and consecutive third place finishes - the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes March 5 and in an Allowance Optional Claiming February 5. Mokat has failed to place in four of her last five starts overall but has shown form in the past and will be after just her second win in 19 months. Rafael Bejarano has the mount from post 5.

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Pretty Girl - lightly raced Argentinean Paulo Lobo trained mare has 10 career starts with four wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She was at her best overseas in 2014 when she won a Group 1 and a Group 2 race - she won the minor Prix Jacques de Bremond in France in July, 2016 as well. She has four starts in North America and has been OK in all - a fifth last time out in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes here April 8 followed consecutive seconds - the G2 Santa Ana Stakes on this track March 12 and behind Goodyearforroses in the minor Robert J. Frankel Stakes on this track December 31 and a seventh in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington in August. Pretty Girl tries for her first North American score Saturday and enters in so-so form. Mike Smith has been tabbed to ride from post 3.

September Stars - Irish bred Patrick Gallagher trained filly has placed in seven of 10 career starts - four wins, two seconds and a third place finish. She was OK at home posting to wins, two seconds and a third place finish in eight starts but has looked decent in two starts on North American soil. She has posted consecutive Allowance Optional Claiming scored on this track lately with the last coming May 7. September Stars has been good against lesser company and hopes to finally get that first stakes/group win from gate 2 Saturday. Gary Stevens gets the call.


2017 Gamely Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 5 on Santa Anita's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:00 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Avenge 5-2 Flavien Prat Richard Mandella
2 September Stars (IRE) 12-1 Gary Stevens Patrick Gallagher
3 Pretty Girl (ARG) 12-1 Mike Smith Paulo Lobo
4 Goodyearforroses (IRE) 4-1 Corey Nakatani Richard Baltas
5 Mokat 8-1 Rafael Bejarano Richard Baltas
6 Lady Eli 4-5 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown

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