OffTrackBetting.com - Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Florida will play host to the G2 Hillsborough Stakes on Saturday, March 11. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Tampa Bay's turf track and race 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's portion of the $200,000 purse.
A field of 10 will line up in the Hillsborough Stakes - race 10 on Tampa Bay's Saturday card. Post time is 4:55 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all combatants for this G2 stakes.
2017 Hillsborough Stakes Entries at Tampa Bay Downs
Isabella Sings 5-2 - Defending runner-up in this race to the terrific Tepin -Todd Pletcher trained mare has eight wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 20 career starts. She enters in good form - a win last time out by three lengths in the G3 Endeavour Stakes on this track February 11 followed a third in the G3 Marshua's River Stakes at Gulfstream January 14, a nice win in the G3 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West November 26 and a third in the G3 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park in September. She posted an uncharacteristic eighth in the G1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga in July but before that had a nice two race win streak. She also won the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes in November, 2015. Isabella Sings has placed in six of her last seven starts overall with four wins over that span and hopes to keep an impressive run going with John Velazquez in the irons of the 120 pound highweight and morning line favorite from gate 6.
Dickinson 7-2 - improving Kiaran McLaughlin trained mare has hit the board in eight of 12 career starts - five wins, a second and two third place finishes. Last time out was a career-best effort - a 1 1/4 length win in the G3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park February 11 which followed a fourth in the G3 Marshua's River Stakes on that track January 14 and two straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores in the fall. Dickinson has won three of her last four starts overall and hopes to continue the momentum Saturday with Paco Lopez aboard the second betting choice from post 3.
Elysea's World 5-1 - Irish bred Chad Brown trained filly has three wins and two second place finishes in eight career starts. Last time out was a respectable second behind Dickinson in the G3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park February 11 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track December 29 and off-the-board finishes in two GS races - a sixth in the G2 Sands Point Stakes in September and a fourth in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes in August. She also had a respectable second in the G3 Lake George Stakes July 22, an Allowance Optional Claiming score in May on that track and a maiden score at first asking - overseas last in June, 2015. Elysea's World has been inconsistent but has stepped up her game in the last two starts overall. She tries to keep that trend going from post 5 Saturday with Joel Rosario in the reins.
Swiss Range 6-1 - British bred Bill Mott trained filly has two wins and a second place finish in six career starts. She made her North American debut last time out and finished sixth in the G1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine October 16. Before that was an OK fourth in the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood July 30, an eighth in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines in June and a two race win streak - the best of which was in the minor Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket in May. Swiss Range has been OK so far and will be in search of her biggest win to date. Julien Leparoux rides from the rail.
Light in Paris 6-1 - Irish bred Chad Brown trained mare has placed in 10 of 14 career starts - five wins, a second and four third place finishes. She arrives off a decent runner-up finish behind Isabella Sings in the G3 Endeavour Stakes on this track February 11, an Allowance Optional Claiming score here January 8, nearly a year away and a fourth in the G3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream in February, 2016. She has placed in three of her last four starts overall and tries for a first graded stakes score from post 7. Daniel Centeno rides.
My Impression 8-1 - Shug McGaughey trained filly has won five of nine career starts with one third place finish. Last time out was a good win in the minor Winter Memories Stakes at Aqueduct November 25 which followed an OK third in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes at Keeneland in October and a 3 1/4 length win in the G3 Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel Park September 24. Before that was a sixth in the G2 Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga August 21, a win in the minor Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park July 6 and a fifth in the minor Memories Of Silver Stakes at Aqueduct in April. My Impression has three stakes wins in her last five starts overall and will be out for a second straight stakes victory Saturday. Jose Ortiz rides from post 9.
Family Meeting 12-1 - Thomas Proctor trained filly has placed in seven of 11 career starts - three wins, three seconds and a third place finish. She won the G3 Jimmy Durante Stakes in October, 2015 and has mostly been up-and-down since. Last time out was another stakes win - the minor Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream January 21 after a fourth in the minor Tropical Park Oaks on that track December 31, a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Aqueduct November 19 and a sixth in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs in June. She also had a third in the G3 Florida Oaks a year ago. Family Meeting shoots for a second straight stakes win and first graded stakes in 16 months Saturday. Florent Geroux has been tabbed to ride from gate 2.
Lots o' Lex 12-1 - finished third in the 2015 G3 Endeavour Stakes at on this track and has been up-and-down since. Last time out was a disappointing seventh in the 2017 Endeavour Stakes here after a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track January 8, another third in the G3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs in November and a tenth in the G3 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes at Keeneland in October. Before that was a good win in the minor One Dreamer Stakes at Kentucky Downs September 10, a thirteenth in the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington August 13 and a year away from the track. Lots o' Lex has been a tad difficult to figure out and will try to gain a first ever graded stakes score from gate 4. Edwin Gonzalez gets the call.
Evidently 15-1 - Roy Lerman trained mare has three wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in her 23 career starts. She wasn't great early in her career - she failed to place in her first three graded stakes tries but has been better lately. She arrives off an OK third behind Isabella Sings and Light in Paris in the G3 Endeavour Stakes here February 11 which followed an uncharacteristic tenth in the minor Via Borghese Stakes at Gulfstream Park December 31 and a career-best effort - a win in the G3 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct November 6. She has placed in five of her last six starts overall and enters in decent form from gate 8 with Robby Albarado in the irons.
Emerald Pond 30-1 - Gerald Russell Aschinger trained filly has four wins and three seconds in 14 career starts. She made her graded stakes debut last time out and finished fourth in the G3 Endeavour Stakes on this track February 11 after a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming here January 8 and a second and a win respectively in a pair of Allowance races at Remington Park. Emerald Pond has been just Ok so far in her career and searches for a career-defining win from the outside gate 10 Saturday. Orlando Bocachica has the mount.
2017 Hillsborough Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 10 on Tampa Bay Downs's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:55 PM.
||Swiss Range (GB)
||Lots o' Lex
||Elysea's World (IRE)
||Light In Paris (IRE)
||Claude McGaughey III