OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Longines Test Stakes will be contested this Saturday, August 5 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Three year old fillies will line up on Saratoga's dirt track and race seven furlongs for the winner's portion of the $500,000 purse.
A field of 10 have been confirmed for the Test Stakes - race 8 on Saratoga's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 5:10 PM. Let's take a brief glance into the past performances of all 10 combatants for this intriguing G1 stakes.
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2017 Test Stakes Entries at Saratoga Race Course
American Gal 5-2
Up-and-coming Bob Baffert trained filly has five career starts and three wins, a second and a third-place finish. She was last seen posting a career-best effort - a 4 3/4 length win in the G3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park July 9 after a quality second behind the impressive Abel Tasman in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in December, a respectable third as favorite - after a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 5, a good 6 1/2 length win in the minor Anakia Stakes at Santa Anita October 23 and a maiden score by 2 1/4 lengths at first asking - at Del Mar August 14. American Gal has been competitive every time out and looks to be in good shape to claim her second straight graded stakes score. Jose Ortiz gets the call on the morning line favorite.
Has four career starts for trainer Bob Baffert with three wins and a third-place finish - all at Santa Anita. She arrives on a terrific three race win streak - the G2 Summertime Oaks last time out June 17, the listed Angels Flight Stakes May 14 and a 4 1/4 length maiden score April 23 after an OK third in her debut March 11. Faypien has been on a serious upward trajectory lately and hopes to keep the roll going Saturday. Rafael Bejarano will be in the saddle of the morning line second choice and 120-pound co-highweight from gate 8 as Faypien shoots for a second straight graded stakes score.
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Has four career starts for trainer Peter Miller with three wins. She steps into graded stakes company for the first time on a nice two race win streak - the listed Jersey Girl Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths last time out at Belmont Park June 11 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita May 7. Before tat was a sixth in the minor Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita April 9 and a maiden score at first asking June 23. Chalon has been decent so far in her career and steps up in good form. Paco Lopez has been tabbed to ride the third choice from post 3.
Your Love 6-1
Will hit the track for the third time for trainer Chad Brown having won both of her starts so far. Last time out was an Allowance score June 18 which followed a maiden score May 10 - both at Belmont Park. Your Love hasn't been touched so far and hopes to keep the undefeated streak going from gate 2 with Irad Ortiz guiding her.
Vertical Oak 8-1
Has four wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in nine career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen. Last time out was a decent second in the G3 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park July 9 which followed an unfortunate DNF in the minor Jersey Girl Stakes on that track June 11 and two good wins - the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico May 19 and the minor Goldfinch Stakes at Prairie Meadows April 29. Before that was a third in the minor Purple Martin Stakes at Oaklawn Park in March, a fourth in the minor Dixie Belles Stakes January 21 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Churchill Downs in November. Vertical Oak has placed in four of her last five starts overall and looks to build on a respectable effort last time out. Florent Geroux gets the call from post 5.
Divine Miss Grey 12-1
Danny Gargan trained filly has nine career starts with five wins and a second-place finish. She steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday on a nice three race win streak - an Allowance last time out June 30, a Starter Allowance June 18 and Claiming May 19 - all at Belmont Park. Before that was a fifth in a Starter Optional Claiming at Gulfstream in April, a Claiming score on that track in March and another fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in February. Divine Miss Grey steps up in good form and tries for a fourth straight win from post 7 with Manuel Franco scheduled to ride.
Michael Matz trained filly finished seventh in her debut and has placed in six of seven starts since - three wins and three runner-up finishes. She enters off a disappointing seventh in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5 after a respectable second behind Salty in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks April 1 and a nice three race win streak - the G2 Forward Gal Stakes at this distance at 14-1 odds in her graded stakes debut at Gulfstream February 4, the minor Smart Halo Stakes by a length at Laurel Park November 19 and a maiden score at Keeneland in October in her fourth career start. Tequilita had been good before last time out and will be in search of a bounce back effort Saturday from gate 4. Luis Saez is scheduled to ride the other 120-pound co-highweight.
Chanel's Legacy 15-1
Has placed in eight of 12 career starts for trainer Chad Summers - five wins, two seconds and a third-place finish. Last time out was a slightly disappointing fourth in the G3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows July 6 after a nice gate-to-wire win in the minor Panthers Stakes on that track June 8 and consecutive runner-up finishes - 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 tries to bounce back off an underwhelming effort last time out from post 9 with Joel Rosario in the irons.
Minnie Blip 15-1
Albert Stall Hr. trained filly has three career starts with two wins. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a front-running 3 3/4 length Allowance Optional Claiming score at Churchill Downs June 22, a fourth in a similar race on that track May 4 and a maiden score at first asking - at Fair Grounds March 23. Minnie Blip steps up indecent form and hopes to make a splash Saturday from the rail. Javier Castellano will be in the saddle.
Has two wins, two seconds and a third-place finish in seven career starts for trainer Mark Hennig. Last time out was an Allowance score at Belmont Park July 13 after a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming June 1, a third in an Allowance at Belmont Park in May and a second in the listed Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream March 25. Before that was a fourth in her only graded stakes start so far - the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct in November. Cursor has been OK so far and will be after a first stakes score from gate 6. Junior Alvarado has the mount.
2017 Test Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 8 on Saratoga's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:10 PM.
|1||Minnie Blip||15-1||Javier Castellano||Albert Stall, Jr.|
|2||Your Love||6-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Chad Brown|
|3||Chalon||5-1||Paco Lopez||Peter Miller|
|4||Tequilita||15-1||Luis Saez||Michael Matz|
|5||Vertical Oak||8-1||Florent Geroux||Steven Asmussen|
|6||Cursor||30-1||Junior Alvarado||Mark Hennig|
|7||Divine Miss Grey||12-1||Manuel Franco||Danny Gargan|
|8||Faypien||3-1||Rafael Bejarano||Bob Baffert|
|9||Chanel's Legacy||15-1||Joel Rosario||Chad Summers|
|10||American Gal||5-2||Jose Ortiz||Simon Callaghan|