2017 Coaching Club American Oaks Preview, Entries & Odds

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Coaching Club American Oaks takes place this Sunday, July 23 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Three year old fillies will take to Saratoga's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles for the winner's portion of the $300,000 purse.

A field of seven will line up in the Coaching Club American Oaks - race 10 on Saratoga's Sunday card. Post time is 6:18 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all seven entries for this competitive G1 stakes.

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2017 Coaching Club American Oaks Entries at Saratoga Race Course

Abel Tasman 8-5

The clear-cut leader of the Three-Year-Old Division with the absence of Unique Bella will race for the ninth time for trainer Bob Baffert having won five times and posted two second place finishes in her career already. Last time out was a nice win in the G1 Acorn Stakes with career and field-best BRIS Speed rating of 103 at Belmont Park June 10. It followed a good last-to-first 1 1/4 length win with a tidy 92 Beyer Speed Figure in the $1 million G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 and another win in her stakes debut - the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos December 10. Before that were two straight respectable second place finishes - the G1 Santa Anita Oaks April 8 and behind the terrific Unique Bella in the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes March 4. Abel Tasman has five wins and two runner-up finishes in her last seven starts overall, she hopes for a third straight G1 score Sunday and will have Mike Smith in the saddle of the morning line favorite from gate 2.

Salty 5-2

Will race for just the sixth time for trainer Mark Casse having posted two wins and two second-place finishes so far. She broke maiden by 2 1/2 lengths March 5 at Gulfstream and has since recorded a nice win by 4 1/4 lengths in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks April 1, a fifth in the Kentucky Oaks May 5 and a respectable runner-up finish last time out behind Abel Tasman in the G1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park June 10. Salty has been competitive so far in her career, will be out to flip the script on Able Tasman and will chase a second graded stakes score Sunday. Joel Rosario gets the call on the second betting choice from the outside post 7.

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Daddys Lil Darling 9-2

Has two wins and four second place finishes in 10 career starts for trainer Kenneth McPeek. She won the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs September 17 and has been decent since. She enters off a respectable fourth in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 8 after two straight runner-up finishes - behind Able Tasman in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 and the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 8. Before that was a sixth in the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay March 11, a decent second in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs and an OK fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Daddys Lil Darling has been in every race lately but hopes to snap a seven-race losing streak Sunday with Julien Leparoux in the saddle of the morning line third choice from post 3.

Elate 5-1

Has placed in five of six career starts for trainer Bill Mott - two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish. She arrives off a good 5 1/2 length win in the overnight Light Hearted Stakes at Delaware Park June 15 which followed a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Churchill Downs May 5 and an unfortunate DNF in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 8. Before that was an OK third in the G3 Honeybeee Stakes at Oaklawn Park in March and a second in the minor Suncoast Stakes in February. Elate, outside of one bad outing has been a factor every time out and hopes to be again Sunday from the rail. Jose Ortiz will be in the reins.

Berned 8-1

Graham Motion trained filly has two wins and two runner-up finishes in her six career starts. Last time out was a fifth in the G3 Delaware Oaks July 8 which followed an Optional Claiming score at Monmouth Park May 20, a seventh in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in December and a career-bet runner-up finish in the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct in November. Berned shoots for a first stakes score Sunday in her fourth try when she departs form gate 6. Rajiv Maragh is scheduled to ride.

Summer Luck 15-1

Has a win, a second and three third place finishes in eight career starts for trainer Mark Casse. Last time out was an OK third in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs June 17 which followed an ugly eighth in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 19, a fifth in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 8 and a fast-closing third in the G2 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream March 4. Before that was a close fourth in the G2 Forward Gal Stakes on that track February 4 and a third in the minor Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream January 7. Summer Luck has been OK in her career and will chase her first ever stakes score Sunday. Javier Castellano has been tabbed to ride from post 5.

Corporate Queen 20-1

Has a win, a second and a third-place finish in five career starts for trainer Mark Casse. Last time out was a last of six in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park June 8 which followed an OK third in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 19, a fifth in the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks April 1 and a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming in March. She won her debut at Laurel Park in January. Corporate Queen has failed to place in two of her last three starts ahead of this weekend and will be after a first stakes score Sunday. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount from gate 4.


2017 Coaching Club American Oaks Odds & Entries

Race 10 on Saratoga's Sunday card with a Post Time of 6:18 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Elate 5-1 Jose Ortiz William Mott
2 Abel Tasman 8-5 Mike Smith Bob Baffert
3 Daddys Lil Darling 9-2 Julien Leparoux Kenneth McPeek
4 Corporate Queen 20-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr. Mark Casse
5 Summer Luck 15-1 Javier Castellano Mark Casse
6 Berned 8-1 Rajiv Maragh H. Motion
7 Salty 5-2 Joel Rosario Mark Casse

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