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2016 alabama stakes preview entries and odds


´╗┐Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York will be the scene of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes on Saturday, August 20. Three year old fillies will assemble on Saratoga's dirt track and race 1 1/4 miles for the winner's share of the $600,000 purse.

A field of seven have been confirmed for the Alabama Stakes - race 10 on Saratoga's busy Saturday card. Post time is 6:18 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all seven combatants for this Grade 1 stakes - six of which will be chasing the terrific Songbird.

2016 Alabama Stakes Race Preview at Saratoga Race Course

Songbird 1-5 - Jerry Hollendorfer trained undefeated superstar filly and reigning Eclipse Award winner for two year old fillies won all four of her starts in 2015, the last three in Grade 1 events. Her debut was by 6 1/2 lengths in July which was followed by wins by an impressive 5 1/4 lengths as even money favorite in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante September 5, the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita September 26, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by an impressive 5 3/4 lengths. She has five starts in 2016 and five more impressive wins - by over five lengths in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks last time out here July 24, by 6 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks June 18, by 3 1/4 lengths in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks April 9, the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths March 5 and by 6 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes February 6 - all at Santa Anita. She hasn't been touched yet - six gate-to-wire wins in nine starts - by a combined 47 3/4 lengths - as impressive as any horse in any division. She will look to keep the impressive roll going in her longest race to date Saturday - from the rail with Mike Smith aboard the obvious favorite from gate 6.

Go Maggie Go 8-1 - Dale Romans trained filly makes her sixth career having posted three wins so far. Her first race produced and impressive2 1/4 length win at Gulfstream March 13 and her second was a nice upset score by 2 1/4 lengths in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks April 2. Last time out was a disappointing fourth in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 after another impressive win - by 2 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20 and a troubled fourth behind Cathryn Sophia in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 6. Go Maggie Go has been a tad up and down and hopes to bounce back off her fourth last time out. Luis Saez rides the two-time graded stakes victor from gate 4 Saturday as the second betting choice.

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Family Tree 10-1 - has placed in eight of nine career starts for trainer Wayne Catalano - four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She enters on a terrific two race win streak - the Grade 2 Indiana Oaks last time out July 16 and the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks June 30 after a second in an Allowance at Churchill Downs May 28, an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track May 6, a second in the minor Pretty Plum Stakes at Sunland Park in March and consecutive thirds in minor stakes action to end her 2015 campaign. Her only graded stakes result was a fifth in the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland in October. Family Tree has been trending upward ahead of this week and is expected to be competitive again Saturday. Florent Geroux has the mount on the co-third choice from post 5.

Going for Broke 10-1 - Chad Brown trained filly has three wins and a second place finish in four career starts and rides a three race win streak into her stakes debut Saturday. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track July 27 after wins in an Allowance June 12 and a MSW in May - both at Belmont Park. Going for Broke looks ready for her major step up in competition and will have Irad Ortiz in the reins of the other co-third betting choice from post 3.

Weep No More 15-1 - George Arnold trained filly has three wins in six career starts and enters off a last of five in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on this track July 24. Before that was a career-worst effort - a seventh in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in May and a terrific three race win streak - the best of which came in upset fashion over the very good Carina Mia, Rachel's Valentina and Cathryn Sophia in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 9. Her other wins were in the minor Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay February 13 and a MSW January 22. Weep No More looked good early in her career but has failed to place in her last two starts overall. Jockey Corey Lanerie will try to right the ship Saturday from gate 2.

Dark Nile 20-1 - has four wins and a third place finish in five career starts for trainer Arnaud Delacour. She enters on a nice four race win streak - all around two turns - the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks last time out July 9, the minor Our Mims Stakes at Delaware Park June 8, an Allowance by 4 3/4 lengths at Penn National May 12 and a maiden score at Tampa Bay in February. Dark Nile has been terrific in her last four races and will try for a fifth straight win Saturday. Joe Bravo has the mount on the rapidly improving entry from the rail at an intriguing 15-1 odds.

Flora Dora 20-1 - finished second in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct November 4 but has placed in just three of seven starts since. She's been OK lately however - a third behind Songbird last time out in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks last time out on this track July 24 followed a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park July 1. Before that was a ninth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20, a fifth in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 9, a fourth in the minor Busher Stakes on that track in February, a good win in the minor Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct January 31 and a fourth in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes November 28. Flora Dora has shown form in the past but has looked just average lately. She looks for a major breakthrough and to snap a six race losing streak Saturday from the outside post 7 with Emmanuel Esquivel aboard. She has posted two bullet works since adding blinkers.

2016 jockey club gold cup preview entries and odds


´╗┐Belmont Park in Elmont, New York will be the scene of the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday, October 8. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they line up and go 1 1/4 miles on Belmont Park's dirt track for the winner's portion of the $1 million purse.

Six older entries will give it a go in the Jockey Club Gold Cup - race 10 on Belmont Park's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 5:23 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all six combatants for this G1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

2016 Jockey Club Gold Cup Race Preview at Belmont Park

Effinex 7-5 - last year's Eclipse Award finalist for Older Male and defending third place finisher in this race had eight starts in 2015 for trainer James Jerkins - four wins - the G1 Clark Handicap November 11, the G1 Suburban Handicap, the G3 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct in April and an Allowance Optional Claiming in March. He also had a good runner-up finish behind some horse named America Pharoah in the Breeders' Cup Classic October 31 and a third in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup October 3 - with a DNF in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational and a fourth in the G1 Woodward Stakes sprinkled in there. He enters off a slightly disappointing fourth in the G1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga August 6 after a win in the G1 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park July 9, his worst result in a while - a sixth as favorite in the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs June 18, a victory in the G2 Oaklawn Handicap in April and a third in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap in March. Effinex now has nine wins, two seconds and four third place finishes in 25 career, has won three of his last six starts overall (all graded stakes) and has alternated wins and losses in his last six overall. Mike Smith will be in the saddle of the morning line favorite from the outside gate 6 looking for his third graded stakes win this year.

Mubtaahij 8-5 - globetrotting Irish bred colt had four wins and a second place finish in five races overseas last year including a win in the 2015 UAE Derby by eight lengths March 28 and the Al Bastakiya Stakes at Meydan before debuting in North America. He failed to place in his next four starts including a fourth in the 2015 Belmont Stakes and eighth in the Kentucky Derby before a second behind California Chrome in the $10 million 2016 Dubai World Cup in March. He was last seen running a decent second in the G1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga September 3 after an OK third behind Effinex in the G2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park July 9. Mubtaahij has been a force in the past and enters off three straight pretty good efforts. He tries for his first win in 17 months (7 races) and first North American score Saturday with Irad Ortiz in the irons of the second betting choice from gate 2.

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Hoppertunity 7-2 - Bob Baffert trainee was one of the favorites for the 2014 Kentucky Derby but missed that race. He won the 2015 San Pasqual Stakes January 10 and the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs November 28, 2014. He enters off consecutive fourths - the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar August 20 and in the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 25. Those results followed a respectable third place finish behind California Chrome and Mubtaahij in the $10 million Group 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan March 24, a good win in the G2 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita February 6, an OK third behind California Chrome in the G2 San Pasqual Stakes January 9 and three straight runner-up finishes - the 2015 Clark Handicap November 27 at Churchill Downs, the G2 Haygard Fayette Stakes October 30 at Keeneland and the G1 Awesome Again Stakes in September. Hoppertunity has five wins, six seconds and four third place finishes in 21 starts overall, has finished no worse than fourth in 13 graded tries and has placed in six of his last eight graded/group stakes races ahead of this weekend - competitive every time out. John Velazquez has been tabbed with snapping a three race losing streak on the morning line third choice from post 3 Saturday.

Watershed 10-1 - Kiaran McLaughlin trained colt has three wins and three third place finishes in nine career starts. Last time out was an OK third in the G3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park August 27 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Saratoga July 25 and a third in a similar race on this track in June. He started 2016 with a couple of decent results in Dubai - a third in the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes being the best. Watershed has placed in three straight races ahead of this weekend and will be after his first graded stakes/group score from post 5. Joel Rosario rides.

Prontonico 12-1 - was at his best in 2014/2015 when he won the G3 Smarty Jones Stakes in September, 2014 the G3 Discovery Handicap in November of that year, the G3 Ben Ali Stakes in April, 2015 and the G2 Alysheba Stakes a month after that. He also had a second in the G1 Clark Handicap in November, 2014. He had been mostly underwhelming after that before an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track September 9 followed 10 months away, a sixth in the 2015 Clark Handicap, a fifth in the G2 Fayette Stakes in October of last year and an eighth in the G1 Woodward Stakes in October, 2015. Prontonico has shown form in the past but hasn't produced a stakes score in 18 months. Jockey Javier Castellano will try to change all of that from the rail Saturday.

War Story 30-1 - has placed in his eight of 14 career starts - three wins, three seconds and two third place finishes and enters off an OK second in the minor Pa Derby Champion Stakes at Parx September 24. Before that was a seventh in the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar August 20, his best result in some time - an Allowance score at Thistletown July 30 and consecutive eighths - the minor Tropical Park Derby in December and the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. War Story has quietly placed in two of his last three starts but still has yet to produce a graded stakes score. Jockey Antonio Gallardo will try to change all of that from gate 4 Saturday.