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2016 starlet stakes preview entries and odds


´╗┐Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California will be the scene of the G1 Starlet Stakes on Saturday, December 10. A purse of $300,000 will be on the line for two year old fillies who are willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Los Alamitos dirt track.

A field of nine will give it a go in the Starlet Stakes - race 8 on Los Alamitos Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:58 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all nine combatants for this G1 stakes.

2016 Starlet Stakes Entries at Los Alamitos

American Gal - up-and-coming Bob Baffert trained filly has three career starts and two wins and a third place finish. She made her graded stakes debut last time out and finished a very respectable third as favorite - after a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 5. It followed a good 6 1/2 length win in the minor Anakia Stakes here 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 first graded stakes score. Regular rider Mike Smith will try to accomplish that goal from post 7.

Union Strike - Craig Dollase trained filly will hit the track for the fourth time looking pretty good - her first start was a second place finish in a MSW at Del Mar July 31 and her second start resulted in a very good 2 1/4 length win in the G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes September 3. Last time out was a bit of a step back however - a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 5. Union Strike has been in there with some tough competition and has fared very well. She looks for a bounce back off an uncharacteristic effort from the rail Saturday with Gary Stevens guiding her.

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Berned - Thomas Albertrani trained filly has a win and a pair of runner-up finishes in her three career starts. Last time out was a good stakes debut - a second in the G3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct November 5. She started her career with a second at Saratoga August 14 and a maiden score two starts back at Belmont Park September 10. Berned has looked good in her career so far and will be after her first stakes score from the outside post 9 Saturday. Norberto Arroyo is scheduled to ride in Berned's first start outside of New York.

Tapped - will race for the third time for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer having posted a win and a second place finish so far. She makes her graded stakes debut Saturday off a close second as favorite in the minor Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate October 29 after a win at first asking at Santa Anita October 2. Tapped has been a factor in both of her career starts and hopes to be again Saturday from post 3. Kent Desormeaux has been tabbed to ride.

Abel Tasman - will race for the fourth time for trainer Simon Callaghan having won twice in her career already. She makes her stakes debut Saturday on a two race win streak - an Allowance last time out at Del Mar November 18 and a maiden score at Santa Anita September 30. She was fifth in her debut in August. Abel Tasman tries to make it three straight wins Saturday and enters in good form. Joe Talamo gets the call from gate 6.

Fact of Life - Bob Baffert trained filly has a win, a second and a third place finish in three career starts. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a second behind Abel Tasman in an Allowance at Del Mar November 18, a maiden score on this very track September 8 and a third in her debut at Del Mar in August. Fact of Life has been a factor in every career start and will try to win her second race in as many tries on this track - from gate 8.

Sandy's Surprise - has a win, a second and a third place finish in three career starts for trainer Doug O'Neill. She makes her stakes debut off a maiden score at Santa Anita November 3 after a second and a third respectively in a pair of MSW to start her career. Sandy's Surprise has improved every time out and hopes to continue climbing the ladder in her stakes debut. Santiago Gonzalez has the mount from post 5.

Go On Mary - Doug O'Neill trained filly has three career starts with a win and a third place finish. She steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday having finally broken maiden last time out - at Del Mar November 12. Before that was a third and a fourth in a pair of MSW races to start her career. Go On Mary has improved every time out and hopes to maintain the upward trend from the rail Saturday. Drayden Van Dyke rides.

Mopotism - Doug O'Neill trained filly has two career starts with one runner-up finish to show for it. She makes her stakes debut Saturday off a second in a MSW November 12 and a fifth in her debut August 28 - both results at Del Mar. Mopotism hasn't been great so far but will be after a breakthrough effort from gate 4. Mario Gutierrez will be in the saddle.

2016 transylvania stakes preview entries and odds


´╗┐Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky opens for action this Friday, April 8. The first graded stakes action of the season will take place on that day - the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select will go down on Keeneland's turf track. Three year olds will be after the winner's share of the $100,000 purse when they saddle up and go 1 1/16 miles.

A field of nine have been confirmed for the Transylvania Stakes - race 9 on Keeneland's opening day Friday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all nine combatants for this Friday graded stakes race.

2016 Transylvania Stakes Race Preview at Keeneland Race Course

Converge - Chad Brown trained colt has placed in all three career starts. Last time out was a terrific win at this distance in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream February 27 which followed a decent runner-up finish n the minor Awad Stakes at Belmont Park October 30 and a maiden score at first asking - September 19 also at Belmont Park. Converge has been impressive so far and hopes to keep the roll going Friday from post 7 with Javier Castellano guiding the 123 pound co-highweight.

Shakhimat - has two wins and a third place finish in three career starts for trainer Roger Attfield - all at Woodbine and is one of the early favorites for the Queen's Plate on that same track this summer. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday off a career best effort - an incredible 9 3/4 length win in the minor Coronation Futurity November 8 which followed a runner-up finish in the minor Cup and Saucer Stakes October 11 and a maiden score at first asking in September. Shakhimat has been in every race so far and looks ready for his step up in competition. Emma-Jayne Wilson gets the call from gate 2.

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J R's Holiday - has nine starts already for trainer Jose Garoffalo with three wins, a second and a third place finish. He has won three of his last five starts ahead of this weekend since switching to turf- the minor $100,000 Kitten's Joy Stakes January 30, an Allowance Optional Claiming December 13 and a maiden score in September - all results at Gulfstream. He made his graded stakes debut last time out and finished an OK fourth in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream February 27. J R's Holiday has placed in four of his last five starts overall and will be after his first stakes score from post 5 Friday. Emisael Jamarillo has the mount on the other co-highweight from post 5.

One Mean Man - has nine career starts for trainer Bernard Flint with two wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He made his stakes debut back in October and finished twelfth in the Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes on this track and has placed in three of six starts since. Last time out was an OK second in the minor Black Gold Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds February 27 after a good win in the minor Keith Gee Memorial January 31 and consecutive fourths in Allowance Optional Claiming races this past summer. He chases his first stakes score from the outside post 9 Friday with Francisco Torres guiding him.

Sorryaboutnothing - will hit the track for the fifth time for trainer Doug O'Neill. He enters off a an OK third in the minor Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita March 13 which followed an eighth in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes on that track January 7 and a disappointing seventh in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity December 19. He also recorded a fortunate maiden score thanks to a DQ November 15 at Del Mar and a fourth in his debut on that same track November 7. Sorryaboutnothing hadn't looked great before an OK effort last time out. He hopes to make a little noise Friday from gate 6 with Corey Lanerie in the reins.

Catapult - will hit the track for just the second time for trainer Chad Brown. His first effort was a good one - a maiden score at Belmont Park October 18. He hopes to make it 2-for-2 in his first race in six months Friday when he leaves from gate 8 with Julien Leparoux in the irons.

Inspector Lynley - has four career starts for trainer Shug McGaughey with a win and two second place finishes. He makes his stakes debut Friday having improved every time out. He debuted with a fourth in October and followed it with consecutive runner-up finishes in MSW races this past winter. Last time he finally broke maiden - at Gulfstream Park February 6. Inspector Lynley looks for a major breakthrough Friday when he leaves from the rail with Florent Geroux aboard.

Urban Bourbon - has been OK in his seven career starts for trainer Eddie Kenneally - a win, two seconds and a third place finish. Last time out was a career worst effort however - an eleventh in the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream park February 27. It followed a respectable third in his graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Dania Beach January 2, a maiden score in his fifth career start, and consecutive runner-up finishes. Urban Bourbon will be looking for a bounceback effort after an ugly performance last time out. Joe Bravo has been tabbed to ride from gate 4.

Prime Time Man - has just one win in five career starts for trainer D. Wayne Lukas and has failed to place in the other four. Last time out was a seventh in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Oaklawn Park March 5 after breaking maiden at Fair Grounds January 16 and an eighth in a MSW at Churchill Downs November 28. He hasn't been great so far - not a whole lot is expected from post 3. John Velazquez rides.