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2016 dwyer stakes preview entries and odds


The Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, July 9 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Three year olds will take to Belmont Park's dirt track and race one mile searching for the winner's share of the $500,000 purse.

A strong field of eight sophomores will give it a go in the Dwyer Stakes - race 7 on Belmont Park's stacked Stars and Stripes Festival Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:57 PM. Here is a glimpse into the past performances of all eight combatants for this lucrative and intriguing Grade 3 stakes.

2016 Dwyer Stakes Race Preview at Belmont Park

Economic Model 1-1 - Chad Brown trained colt has five career starts with three wins and a runner-up finish. He enters on a two race win streak - the minor Easy Goer Stakes with a field best 101 Beyer Speed Figure last time out June 11 and an Allowance Optional Claiming by four lengths May 4 - both on this track, an uncharacteristic ninth in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in March and a respectable second to Awesome Banner in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park January 30. He arrives in career best form and chases his first graded stakes score from gate 6 Saturday gate 4 Saturday. Irad Ortiz gets the call on the overwhelming even-money favorite.

Laoban 7-2 - will hit the track for the seventh time for trainer Eric Guillot having recorded two seconds and one third place finish so far. He was last seen running sixth in the Preakness Stakes May 21 which followed a fourth in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes April 9, a respectable second in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct March 5, a troubled third in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita January 9 and a second in a MSW at Los Alamitos December 5. He was fifth in his debut November 15. Laoban has been OK in his last five starts but tries for his first career win Saturday with John Velazquez in the irons of the morning line second choice from gate 4.

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Swipe 6-1 - has placed in eight of nine career starts for trainer Keith Desormeaux - a win, five seconds and two third place finishes. He enters on the heels of a third in an Allowance here against older horses June 26 which followed a disappointing sixth in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes April 16 and four straight runner-up finishes (all behind Champion Nyquist) - the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes September 26 at Santa Anita, the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity September 7 at Del Mar and the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes August 8. Those results followed a win in the minor Summer Juvenile Championship at Los Alamitos in July .Swipe has been competitive virtually every time out and looks for his first win overall in a year when he departs from post 7 with Kent Desormeaux in the reins of the intriguing morning line third choice.

Fish Trappe Road 8-1 - Bret Calhoun trained colt has two wins and three second place finishes in eight career starts. Last time out was a respectable second at 25-1 odds in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes here June 11 which followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Churchill Downs May 7, a seventh in the Grade 3 LeComte Stakes in January and a second in the minor Sleepy Hollow Stakes on this track in October. He has a win and two seconds in three career starts here and enters this race in decent form. He will be after his first stakes score Saturday from the outside gate 8 with Luis Saez guiding him.

Voluntario 8-1 - has placed in six of eight career starts for trainer Rudy Rodriguez - three wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Pimlico June 18. Before that were consecutive seconds including the minor LARC Sir Barton Stakes in May. He steps up having recorded two wins and two seconds in his last four starts - decent form indeed. He will try to keep the good fortune going from post 3 with Jose Lezcano in the saddle.

Unbridled Outlaw 15-1 - Dale Romans trained colt has a win, two seconds and two third place finishes in eight career starts. He finished third in the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs in September but has struggled in graded stakes action since. He was twelfth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, eleventh in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby in April and seventh in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile in May. He has posted two second place finishes in Allowance Optional Claiming races this year including last time out but has been underwhelming for the most part. Unbridled Outlaw looks to make a serious statement and for his first stakes score from post 5 with Jose Ortiz guiding him.

Tale of S'avall 15-1 - has just one win and a second place finish in six career starts for trainer Barclay Tagg. Last time out was a sixth in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes here June 11 after a second in the minor Gold Fever Stakes on this track in May, a sixth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April and consecutive fifths in graded stakes action. He hasn't been great so far, particularly against graded stakes foes but hopes for a breakthrough Saturday with Manuel Franco in the reins from gate 2.

The Great Whiteway 30-1 - has placed in nine of 12 career starts for trainer Naipaul Chatterpaul - five wins and four second place finishes. He steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday having finished first or second in his last eight overall. Last time out was a second in a Starter Allowance here June 12 after a Claiming score on this track May 19 a second in a Claiming in March and a three-race win streak - all at Aqueduct. The Great Whiteway takes an enormous step up in competition Saturday but does so in good form. Angel Arroyo has the mount from the rail.

Royal delta stakes 2016 at gulfstream park


The Grade 2 Royal Delta Stakes will be contested this Saturday, February 13 from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will be featured as they take to Gulfstream's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.

Six older females will take to the track in the Royal Delta Stakes - race 4 on Gulfstream's Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:00 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all six combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.

2016 Royal Delta Stakes Race Preview

Sandiva - Irish bred Group 3 winner in France - Todd Pletcher trained filly won the minor Tropical Park Oaks here to close out her 2014 campaign and won the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park last February. She has been decent since. Last time out was a nice win in the Grade 3 Marshua's River Stakes on this track January 9 which followed an OK third in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap at Gulfstream Park West November 21, a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park June 6, a third in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile in May and a second in the Grade 2 Honey Fox Stakes in March - the last two results coming behind eventual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Tepin. Sandiva has placed in six of her last seven stars and off a win should be a confident entry for this one. Joel Rosario has been tabbed with getting Sandiva her second straight graded stakes score and her fourth win in five starts at Gulfstream - in her first start on dirt from post 5 Saturday.

Best Behavior - won a Starter Stakes on this track last December and went on to a respectable second in the minor Miami Shores Handicap here in January. She struggled after that - a fifth in the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes here in March followed a tenth in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap in February. Best Behavior has regained her form lately - a nice win last time out in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl Stakes on this track with a 103 Beyer Speed Figure December 26 followed a second in the Grade 3 Rampart Stakes here December 12, a win in an Allowance Optional Claiming in July, a second in the minor Barely Even Handicap in June, a third in the minor Sea Lily Handicap May 30 and a second in the minor Sunrise Stakes May 3 - all results on this track. Best Behavior has placed in six straight races ahead of this weekend and looks for her second straight graded stakes score from the outside gate 8. Edgard Zayas rides.

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Call Pat - Brad Cox trained mare has five wins, five seconds and five third place finishes in 28 career starts. She won the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park in August and has been OK since. She enters on the heels of consecutive third place finishes - the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 26 and the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Belmont Park in October which followed a fourth in the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes in September. Call Pat has placed in five of her last six starts and enters in decent form. Paco Lopez has been tabbed to ride the 123 pound co-highweight from the rail.

Penwith - Kiaran McLaughlin trained mare has four wins, a second and two third place finishes in 12 career starts and enters off one of those wins - an Allowance Optional Claiming by two lengths at Santa Anita January 21 and nearly a year away from the track. Before the layoff was a sixth in the minor Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct last February, a second in the minor Affectionately Stakes in January, 2015, a fourth in the Grade 3 Comely Stakes in November, 2014 and an OK third in the Grade 2 Indiana Oaks in October of that year. Penwith will be after her first stakes in just her second start in a year when she departs from gate 4 with Luis Saez guiding her.

Enchantress - has just two wins and three third place finishes in 10 career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. She enters off consecutive third place finishes - both Allowance Optional Claiming with the last coming on this track January 8. Before that were a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming October 2 and a respectable third in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga in July. Enchantress hopes for her first stakes win in her sixth try Saturday when she lines up from post 3 with Tyler Gaffalione aboard.

Gamblers Rose - has 16 career starts for trainer Dale Romans with just two wins, six seconds and three third place finishes. Last time out was an eighth in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 26 after an Allowance score at Keeneland October 24 and a third in a similar race on that track October 3. She has one other graded stakes start which resulted in a tenth in the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park in August. Gamblers Rose looks for her first stakes score Saturday but enters in less-than-inspiring form. Corey Lanerie gets the call from gate 2.