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Gamble’s Ghost Finds Room To Win Mazarine Stakes

Gamble’s Ghost Finds Room To Win Mazarine Stakes

Heavily favored Gamble’s Ghost provided some worries for her backers, but she ultimately got the job done by winning the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine for 2 year old fillies.

Audacious Bear went straight to the lead from her rail draw and established a clear advantage over Allwehaveisnow. Swoop and Strike was all alone in third by 3 1/2 lengths, with Gamble’s Ghost, Garavogue Colleen, and Conquest Soprano the final three running close together.

On the backstretch, the field start to compact tightly. Audacious Bear continued to lead, but her margin was closing quickly with Allwehaveisnow pressuring her more as well as Swoop and Strike and Conquest Soprano drawing within two lengths. Gamble’s Ghost was fifth by 2 lengths and Garavogue Colleen was far behind as 2 1/2 lengths covered the field.

The pace began to quicken on the far turn and entering the stretch as Audacious Bear led the field. She was soon tackled by Swoop and Strike with Garavogue Colleen loom large in third. Gamble’s Ghost continued to be urged and she eventually hit her best stride between horses and was much the best despite her jockey losing the whip.

Gamble’s Ghost was able to draw clear by three-quarters of a length over Swoop and Strike in second and Garavogue Colleen, who could not close on the top duo. Audacious Bear faded to fourth, Conquest Soprano finished fifth, and Allwehaveisnow finished sixth. The full chart can be found here courtesy of Equibase.

Gamble’s Ghost paid $2.90 to win and $2.10 to place in a race that did not allow show wagering. She is by Ghostzapper out of the Secret Claim mare Gambling Girl. She was ridden by Luis Contreras and trained by Josie Carroll. She covered the 1 1/16 miles on synthetic in 1:45.62.

A replay of the Mazarine Stakes can be found here on Blood-Horse.

In addition to the winner’s share of the $150,000 purse, Gamble’s Ghost earned 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard. Swoop and Strike earned 4 points, Garavogue Colleen earned 2 points, and Audacious Bear earned 1 point.

The next race on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks will be October 31 at Keeneland with the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

2015 Mazarine Stakes Preview

2015 Mazarine Stakes Preview

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks will continue this Sunday with one final race from Woodbine. The Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes will be run over the main synthetic track at the Toronto area race track.

The Mazarine Stakes will be run at 1 1/16 miles with a compact field of six horses entered. The purse is $150,000 and will also have points available to the top four finishers. The winner of the race will receive 10 points, second place will receive 4 points, third place will receive 2 points, and fourth place will receive one point.

The points earned will help determine the entrants for the 2016 Kentucky Oaks. The Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard can be found here and is updated as of Saturday, October 3, 2015.

The Grade 3 Mazarine is scheduled for 3:25 PM Eastern Time and is carded as the sixth race on a 10 race program. Free past performances can be found here by going to October 4, 2015 and going to Woodbine – Race 6. Entries have also been provided in the table below.

Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1Audacious BearGary BoulangerMichael De Paulo12-1
2Swoop and StrikeEurico Da SilvaMalcolm Pierce3-1
3Conquest SopranoPatrick HusbandsMark Casse9-2
4Gamble's GhostLuis ContrerasJosie Carroll4-5
5AllwehaveisnowDavid GarciaRicky Griffith20-1
6Garavogue ColleenDavid MoranMichael Doyle10-1

1. Audacious Bear – She debut in a Canadian maiden special weight contest on July 12 going 5 furlongs. She sat in the middle of the field before tiring badly in the stretch. She finished last of 8 by 16 lengths that day. Six weeks later, she returned to the same class level, but was sent 7 furlongs. She had a completely different style going to the lead and holding on for a 3/4 of a length win. She steps way up in class today and she will try to take them gate-to-wire in her first start around two turns. Tough to like her from a win perspective.

2. Swoop and Strike – She was slated to start on the grass in her debut, but it was rained off the turf and put at 7 furlongs on the main track. That did not hurt her as she broke last and closed from about five lengths off the pace to score by a nice 3 length margin. That race sets her up well for this spot and she should have a better start this time around. She has a big chance to win this race.

3. Conquest Soprano – This filly is the most experience with five starts under her belt. Her debut actually came in June at Churchill Downs going 5 furlongs. She had a really good trip behind the leaders and tried to close, but finished second by 1 3/4 lengths. She then ran in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine where she finished third by 9 lengths after an even effort. A drop back to the maiden ranks in start number 3 resulted in a second by 3/4 of a length after a battle down the stretch. She tried to to press the pace in her fourth start, but ended up losing by 8 1/4 lengths to Gamble’s Ghost. She finally broke through in her fifth start with an off the pace effort. She had to battle all the way to the wire, but held on by a neck. She appears to be a step below the best in here, particularly the horse to her outside.

4. Gamble’s Ghost – She debuted here on August 14 with an impressive run. She had a poor break and had to sit well off the pace. She quickened impressively on the far turn as she made up 5 1/2 lengths and won by 8 1/4 in the end. Next up was the Grade 2 Natalma where she tried to run the same race. She could not catch the runaway winner with a second by 5 lengths. She should enjoy the two turns and despite being the heavy favorite, she is the choice here.

5. Allwehaveisnow – She won her only race on August 26. She ran in a $50K maiden claimer where she took the lead soon after the start and did not have any trouble after that. She won by 5 lengths that day and now goes into Grade 3 company. If she tries to go to the lead, she will have to battle with the rail horse and that could knock both of them by race end.

6. Garavogue Colleen – She made her debut on September 13 in a race slated for the grass, but taken off and put on the main track at 1 1/16 miles. She sat off the pace and went by the leaders in the stretch to win by 3 1/4 lengths. That was only a field of four horses that day, but it was at this distance of 8.5 furlongs. She is a conundrum in this spot, but worth a glance at underneath.

Selections

This is a short field and there are only two options from the win angle. #4 Gamble’s Ghost should enjoy the two turns and has ran the most impressive races of any horses in this field. #2 Swoop and Strike is the only other horse that could cause an upset from this point of view. A better break and a good spot in front of Gamble’s Ghost could give her the first run and needed distance to stave her off. For third, #6 Garavogue Colleen will be taken. She won at this distance in her debut, albeit against a tiny field of only four horses. She could improve to take the show dough.

Top selection – #4 Gamble’s Ghost

2nd selection – #2 Swoop and Strike

3rd selection – #6 Garavogue Colleen

Check back on Sunday evening for a recap of the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes.

Nickname Crushes Frizette Stakes Foes

Nickname Crushes Frizette Stakes Foes

The Grade 1 Frizette Stakes was practically over at the top of the stretch as Nickname took over and won by 3 1/2 lengths.

She’s All Ready was off a step slow, but rushed up to the lead with Nickname in second and Width in third. Where’s The D was fourth, Nemoralia was fifth, Desert Tune was sixth, and Anna Rae was last in seventh by 5 1/2 lengths.

She’s All Ready continued to set fractions of 22.78 for the opening quarter, 46.10 for the opening half mile, and 1:10.90 for the opening six furlongs. Nickname was more than content to run in second on the outside of Width while Nemoralia and Desert Tune moved closer to fourth and fifth, respectively. Where’s The D was back in sixth and Anna Rae continued to trail in seventh.

On the far turn, Nickname ranged up on the outside of She’s All Ready and went by her in the stretch with no other horse being a serious threat. She won by 3 1/2 lengths over Nemoralia, who could not quite match the winner’s strides. In third was She’s All Ready after setting the pace and Width was well beaten in fourth.

The remaining order of finish was Desert Tune in fifth, Anna Rae in sixth, and Where’s The D, who was done on the turn. The entire chart can be found here via Equibase.

For the victory, Nickname earned 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard. Nemoralia earned 4 points, She’s All Ready earned 2 points, and Width earned one point.

Nickname is by Scat Daddy out of the Borrego filly Nina Fever. She ran the one mile in 1:37.76 over a sealed sloppy track. She paid $12.80 to win, $5.70 to place, and $3.90 to show. She was ridden by Javier Castellano and is trained by Steve Asmussen.

The next race on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks is the Mazarine Stakes from Woodbine on Sunday, October 4.

2015 Frizette Stakes Preview

2015 Frizette Stakes Preview

The Road to the 2016 Kentucky Oaks continues its busy weekend with the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes from Belmont Park on Saturday, October 3.

The Frizette Stakes has dual positives for the winner. First, a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is up for grabs. The second, is that the winner receives 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard, which will determine the entrants for the 2016 Kentucky Oaks. Second place will receive 4 points, third place will receive 2 points, and fourth place will receive one point.

The Grade 1 Frizette Stakes will be run at one mile on the main track at Belmont. It will be a one-turn mile with a purse of $400,000 and has a field of seven two-year old fillies.

Post time for the Frizette is scheduled for 3:43 PM Eastern Time and is carded as the seventh of 11 races. Free past performances can be found here by going to Saturday, October 3 and looking for race 7 at Belmont Park. Entries have been provided in the table below.

Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1She's All ReadyJunior AlvaradoJames Ryerson3-1
2WidthJose OrtizChristophe Clement5-2
3NemoraliaJoel RosarioJeremy Noseda5-1
4Anna RaeJoe BravoJeremiah Englehart20-1
5NicknameJavier CastellanoSteven Asmussen7-2
6Desert TuneJohn VelazquezTom Albertrani8-1
7Where's the DIrad Ortiz Jr.Doug O'Neill10-1

1. She’s All Ready – She made her debut at Saratoga in a New York bred maiden special weight race and absolutely dominated that field. She went gate-to-wire and won by 8 1/4 lengths while not being pushed the final sixteenth. Her second race was also at Saratoga, but a step up into a New York bred stake race. She did not have such an easy time, as she had to fight for the lead. Despite the duel, she was able to draw off in the end and win by 3 lengths. She has not gone this far in her career, but this one mile race will be around one turn and she will probably have company on the lead. She has a big chance if she can control the race and must not be ignored.

2. Width – Like most of these fillies, she also debuted at Saratoga. She went 5.5 furlongs in her debut in the open maiden special weight ranks. She had an awkward break, but was still able to find a nice spot in the middle of the pack. She came wide on the turn and took the lead in the stretch. She won by 2 1/2 lengths in the end. The stretch out to a mile should not be an issue and she should be better from the gate the second time. If she can get another good stalking trip, which could be easy with quite a bit of speed, she is very dangerous here.

3. Nemoralia – This filly is the most experienced filly in this race with four starts, all coming in Great Britain. She ran a decent race in her debut on June 19, finishing fifth of 13 horses going 6 furlongs on the turf. Her second race saw her improve with a second place finish by 2 3/4 lengths going 7 furlongs. She finally broke her maiden in her third start, which was also at 7 furlongs, but over the synthetic surface of Kempton Park. Her latest start was a return to turf, but it resulted in her second win. She won by a length over 18 horses that day going 6.5 furlongs. There is some talent here, but the question is will she handle the dirt?

4. Anna Rae – She broke her maiden first out in a $65K Maiden Claimer at Saratoga. She was off the lead in that race, came wide on the turn and into the stretch, and then drew away to win by 11. It was impressive enough to her connections to enter her in the Grade 1 Spinaway at 7 furlongs. She sat off the lead again, but the kick was not there as she was fourth by 9 1/4 lengths. She is facing a similar quality field here, which means she may find her late kick ineffective. On the other hand, she could like the extra furlong. Mixed signals from this filly.

5. Nickname – She had an interesting debut. She broke decent and sat midpack, she made a move on the turn (while having some traffic troubles), but could not find a late kick. She finished fourth by 6 3/4 lengths behind Rachel’s Valentina (Grade 1 Spinaway winner). Her second race was much better and cleaner. She went straight for the lead where she had to duel, but she put away that foe and won by 3 1/2 lengths. If she tries to go to the lead again, she will have plenty of company from the rail horse and outside horse. Tough to back if that is the plan.

6. Desert Tune – She debuted at Saratoga as well, but that race left a lot to be desired. She broke last of ten, made up some ground on the turn, but flattened out to finish sixth by 6 1/4 lengths going 5.5 furlongs. Her second start was here at Belmont going the distance of one mile. She broke much better and sat closer to the pace until the stretch. At that point, she was asked for her run and she provided it with a 2 1/4 length win. She has quite a bit going for her: a win at the distance and over this track, a nice stalking style, and a switch to a top jockey. The one concern is the quality of her maiden win. Intriguing filly at a solid price in this race.

7. Where’s The D – She has two starts, both at Del Mar. Her debut was on August 16 where she sat near the back of the field, but not too far away. She had to go wide in the stretch and had not late kick, as she finished seventh by  1/4 lengths. Her second race saw a change in tactics. She went straight to the lead where she had to battle for it. She was able to clear in the lane and won by 1 3/4 lengths at big odds of 34.50-1. If she is going to be intent on the lead, she will have plenty of company, which will hurt her chances. This will also be her first race beyond 5.5 furlongs and one has to wonder how she will handle the trip from California to New York.

Selections

This race has both speed and off the pace type fillies. It remains to be seen which horses will be going to the lead to set the the pace. #2 Width has every reason to improve off her debut and should be able to settle behind the leaders. #1 She’s All Ready will be going to the lead, but she has proven to be able to win a battle if need be. She is stepping up in class, but has looked good in her two wins. #6 Desert Tune is probably a bit short on class in this race, but could end up with a good trip. Plus, we know she likes this track and distance.

Top selection – #2 Width

2nd selection – #1 She’s All Ready

3rd selection – #6 Desert Tune

A recap of the Grade 1 Frizette will be posted on Saturday evening.

Gomo Wins Darley Alcibiades In Slop

Gomo Wins Darley Alcibiades In Slop

Keeneland’s opening day was soured by rain, but that did not stop Gomo from capturing the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades. Her victory gave her points towards the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard, but also clinched a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at the end of October.

Put Da Blame On Me was intent on getting the lead early with Ma Can Do It was up close as well. Gomo, as expected, clung close to the rail to save ground and her coveted spot behind the leaders. Little Cherie was fourth, Marquee Miss was fifth, Just Wicked was sixth, and Lookout Sister was seventh. Dream Dance was eight early while Dothraki Queen was ninth, but the first nine horses were within 5 lengths of each other. Princess Kennedy was last of ten, but only 7 lengths behind the leader.

Put Da Blame On Me continued to lead the way and set fractions of 24.34 for the first quarter, 49.43 for the opening half mile, and 1:14.10 for the first six furlongs. Ma Can Do It was content to sit in second while Gomo continued to sit in a great spot. The rest of the field continued to be bunched up, but all plenty of chances to make an impact.

On the far turn, Gomo was switched out from the rail to the outside and she began to motor past the top two. She kicked on home to win by 2 3/4 lengths while Dothraki Queen closed up the inside to finish second. Ma Can Do It was third and Put Da Blame On Me held on to finish fourth.

The remaining order of finish was Dream Dance in fifth, Just Wicked sixth, Marquee Miss seventh, Little Cherie eighth, Princess Kennedy ninth, and Lookout Sister in tenth. Decked Out was scratched from the race and the entire chart can be found here via Equibase.

Gomo ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.55 and went off at 5-1. She paid $12.60 to win, $6.00 to place, and $4.00 to show. She is by Uncle Mo out of the Elusive Quality mare Gentle Audrey. She was ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill.

For the win, Gomo received 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard. Dothraki Queen earned four points to bring her total to 14 points and she is the current leader early on in the Road to the Oaks. Ma Can Do It received her first two points, and Dream Dance her earned her first point.

The Road to the 2016 Kentucky Oaks continues on Saturday with the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes from Belmont Park. That race will be run at a mile on the main dirt track and a preview can be found here on Saturday morning.

2015 Darley Alcibiades Preview

2015 Darley Alcibiades Preview

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks continues on Friday with the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland. A field of 11 two year old fillies will contest this race on Keeneland’s opening day.

The Darley Alcibiades will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track with a purse of $400,000. Not only is the race awarding points to the top four finishers to help determine the entrants in the 2016 Kentucky Oaks, but the winner also will be guaranteed a spot in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. That race will be at the end of October at Keeneland as well.

The winner will receive 10 points, second place will receive 4 points, third place will receive 2 points, and fourth place will receive 1 point.

Post time for the Darley Alcibiades is scheduled for 5:30 PM Eastern Time and is scheduled as the ninth of 10 races. Free past performances can be found here by going to Friday, October 2 and looking for race 9 at Keeneland. Entries are provided in the table below.

Post PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning Line Odds
1GomoMario GutierrezDoug O'Neill3-1
2Marquee MissFlorent GerouxIngrid Mason15-1
3Put Da Blame On MeRobby AlbaradoDale Romans15-1
4Decked OutKeith DesormeauxKent Desormeaux20-1
5Ma Can Do ItPaco LopezDale Romans30-1
6Little CherieLuis SaezMike Maker12-1
7Dream DanceBrian Hernandez Jr.Neil Howard12-1
8Lookout SisterJohn VelazquezGraham Motion6-1
9Dothraki QueenCorey LanerieKen McPeek5-2
10Princess KennedyJoe JohnsonGary Hartlage30-1
11Just WickedJose OrtizSteve Asmussen3-1

1. Gomo – She debuted at Santa Anita in early June where she battled for the lead before weakening slightly to finish third by four lengths. That debut race was built on in her second start going a mile on the turf. She went gate-to-wire after setting pedestrian fractions, but she won by 5 1/4 lengths as the heavy 2-5 favorite. After a slight break, she appeared in the Grade 2 Sorrento at Del Mar going 6.5 furlongs on the main track. She had a slow break, but came wide and closed to finish second by 2 3/4 lengths to Pretty N Cool. Her latest race was the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar in early September. She sat off the pace in that race as well and had to go wide in the stretch. She closed stoutly, but could not hold on for place, as she finished third by 1 1/2 lengths. She should be able to protect her rail spot and get a good trip in this race.

2. Marquee Miss – She made her lone start in the Arlington-Washington Lassie and it was a winning one. She sat mid-pack early on and began to improve her position on the turn. As she straightened in the stretch, she was able to continue her run and she won by 3 lengths. It is hard to know if she will like dirt as much as she liked synthetic (her sire Cowboy Cal loved the synthetic tracks and turf), but she will be a solid price. She is worth a look underneath at a nice price.

3. Put Da Blame On Me – Like a few fillies in this race, she is exiting the Grade 2 Pocahontas. She did not run well that day after being close to the lead for the opening five furlongs. She showed speed in her first two races and and may try that again. She could improve in her second route race, but she has her work cut out for her.

4. Decked Out – She won her debut race by coming off the pace after a slow start and then shipped east to Belmont where she was second in the Astoria. Her last two races were at Saratoga in graded stakes competition in the Grade 3 Schuylerville (finished 3rd) and the Grade 2 Adirondack (finished 4th). She too exits the Pocahontas where she pressed the pace and did not have anything in the lane. This will be her second start going two turns, but like her foe to the inside, she has a long way to go to compete against the horses here.

5. Ma Can Do It – She debuted on August 29 at Ellis Park where she stalked the pace. She ended up going wide into the stretch and finished a well beaten second by 6 1/4 lengths. She then was sent to Kentucky Downs for a six furlong turf dash and once again she finished second. Like her debut, she stalked the pace and closed to get the place money by three lengths. This is a tough spot to make her stakes debut, her first route race, and try to break her maiden.

6. Little Cherie – She debuted here at Keeneland on April 15 with a closing move on the outside. She won by 1 1/2 lengths before some time off. She reappeared on August 1 at Mountaineer in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies. She tried to close again, but found some traffic trouble that affected her ability to kick it in and she finished fourth by six lengths. Her latest race was a non-winners of 2 lifetime allowance at Indiana Grand. She sat right behind the pacesetters and kicked past them in the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths. She is another making her two turn debut, but she has the pedigree and is the only filly to have a race (let alone win) over the Keeneland main track. Intriguing horse if she can stalk the pace once again.

7. Dream Dance – She started her career at Churchill Downs in June with a fifth place finish after a slow start. She rallied well in that race, but was no match to the top four. She broke better in her second race and was incredibly unlucky to win, losing by a nose. She got the job done in her third start with a stalking trip and three wide move in the stretch to win by a length and a half. She last raced in the Grade 2 Pocahontas where she rated behind the leaders. She was bothered in the stretch, but still closed to finish third by 2 lengths before a disqualification put her second. She should be better after her first start around two turns and is another longshot that deserves a serious look.

8. Lookout Sister – She made her debut at Delaware Park in mid-July going 5.5 furlongs on dirt. She was able to come off the pace and on the inside to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Her second race was the Grade 2 Adirondack where she tried to stalk the pace again. This time, she did not have any late kick and tired badly to finish fifth by 10 lengths. A return to Delaware in a restricted race put her back in the winner’s circle. She was ridden close to the pace and was able to pull away late to win by 1 3/4 lengths. This will be her first start around two turns, but her pedigree suggests there will be no issues. The only question is can she be good enough?

9. Dothraki Queen – He debut start was in July at Ellis Park going a mile on the good turf course. She broke slow and started her move on the far turn before engulfing the leaders in the stretch on her way to a 7 length victory. She then raced in the oft-referenced Grade 2 Pocahontas and made a similar move to her debut race. She went right around the field and was able to hold on for the win by a half-length. Both her races were impressive and she is deserving of being one of the favorites in this race.

10. Princess Kennedy – She made her first four starts in the Pacific Northwest at Emerald Downs. She was wide throughout in her debut finishing fourth in a field of 8 with a mild rally. Her second race saw her battle off two horses in her maiden breaking score by 2 1 /2 lengths. She stepped up into stakes company her next two starts. In the Angie C, she broke awkwardly, then steadied on the turn, and finished with a nice rally, but missed by a nose. She crushed in her latest race by 8 3/4 lengths with a nice trip behind the speed at 6.5 furlongs. Her race in the Grade 2 Pocahontas left a lot to be desired. She prompted the pace and weakened in the stretch to finish sixth by 6 1/4 lengths. She has to overcome a tough post and will probably need to be rated off the pace if she wants to contend.

11. Just Wicked – She ran 5 furlongs on turf in her debut, but missed by half a length after striking the front in the stretch. She moved to dirt in her second start at Saratoga where she broke on top and then found herself with a good trip behind the leaders. She won up the rail by 1 3/4 lengths while moving on to the Grade 2 Adirondack. She had another good trip off the pace set by Tonasah, but she had to battle down to the wire to finish her off and she won by 1 1/4 lengths. She tried to settle behind the pace in the Grade 2 Pocahontas and she looked like a threat on the far turn. However, she was never a threat in the stretch and finished fourth by 6 lengths as the 1-2 favorite. At 3-1, she is not very appealing given the fact she is wide and struggled in her lone route race.

Selections

This race has a nice mix of potential winning favorites and decent prices to round out the exotics, if not win outright. #9 Dothraki Queen has been impressive in both of her two career races and will probably be making a big move in the stretch once more. #7 Dream Dance finished second to Dothraki Queen last out, but she is a threat to finish in the exacta again with another stalking trip. #2 Marquee Miss has only raced once, but that was a victory in the ungraded Arlington-Washington Lassie at seven furlongs. She should like the distance. #1 Gomo cannot be left off the ticket as she will probably end up with a nice trip along the rail. #6 Little Cherie may also be worth putting on the trifecta or superfecta tickets at the 12-1 morning line price. If she takes to the distance (pedigree says yes) and gets a good stalking trip like her two victories, she could make some noise.

Top selection – #9 Dothraki Queen

2nd selection – #7 Dream Dance

3rd selection – #2 Marquee Miss

4th selection – #1 Gomo

Check back on Friday evening for a recap of the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades.

Songbird Wires Chandelier Stakes

Songbird Wires Chandelier Stakes

The Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes was practically a walkover for Songbird. She went gate-to-wire easily thanks in part to a pre-race scratch of Pretty N Cool. That left Songbird as the lone speed and she did the rest.

Songbird broke right out of the starting gate and went to the lead. She was followed by Jade Princess in second, Halo Darlin in third, and Land Over Sea in fourth. Yodelsong and Vieja Luna sat together in fifth and sixth, respectively. Sheeza Milky Way was seventh early and Right There was last of eight after a slow break and she was also rank. It seemed as if Right There was going to be pulled up on the first turn, but she kept on running.

Songbird faced no pace pressure on the lead on the backstretch and into the far turn. Land Over Sea began to move up entering the far turn while Jade Princess was ridden hard to stay with her. The rest of the field was not a threat as they turned for home.

The lead began to dwindle for Songbird, but she had not been pushed. As they straightened for home, Songbird was sent to put an advantage on Land Over Sea and she pulled away for a 4 1/2 length victory. Land Over Sea finished second, but it was nearly 10 lengths back to Right There in third. It was almost another 6 lengths back to fourth place finisher Vieja Luna.

The remaining order of finish was Jade Princess, Halo Darlin, Sheeza Milky Way, and Yodelsong. The entire chart can be found here courtesy of Equibase.

Songbird ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.79. She was ridden by Mike Smith and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. She went off as the 1-5 favorite, paid $2.40 to win, $2.20 to place, and $2.10 to show.

Songbird also earned 10 points towards the Kentucky Oaks Points Leaderboard, which will determine the fillies that start in the 2016 Kentucky Oaks. Land Over Sea earned four points, Right There received two points, and Vieja Luna received one point.

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks will continue next weekend. There will be one on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday across North America.