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2016 monmouth cup stakes preview entries and odds


The Grade 2 Monmouth Cup Stakes is on tap for this Sunday, July 31 from Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore. Horses three years old and upward will take to Monmouth Park's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's portion of the $200,000 purse.

Six older horses will line up in the Monmouth Cup Stakes - race 8 on Monmouth Park's stacked Haskell Invitational card. Post time is 3:29 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all six entries for this Grade 2 stakes.

2016 Monmouth Cup Stakes Race Preview at Monmouth Park

Bradester 6-5 - defending champion in this race dominated last year's summer meet at Monmouth Park for trainer Eddie Keneally. He won the Grade 3 Salvator Mile in July and the 2015 Monmouth Cup in August and finished third in the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes August 30. He struggled to a ninth place finish in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile but has since won two more times - the minor Majestic Lights Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths on this track May 21 and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap in gate-to-wire fashion last time out at Churchill Downs June 18. He also holds wins in the 2014 Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap and Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap. Overall Bradester has nine wins, six seconds and two third place finishes in 23 career starts, has three wins and three seconds in six starts on this track and has won four of his last six overall. Joe Bravo will be in the saddle of the morning line favorite Sunday looking for Bradester's third stakes win on arguably his favorite track - from gate 2.

Blofeld 2-1 - will make his tenth career start for trainer Todd Pletcher having posted four wins and a third place finish so far. He was at his best in 2014 when he won the Grade 2 Futurity Stakes at Belmont and the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes. He has just six starts since - a disappointing seventh last time out in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap June 11 followed a fourth in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap April 16, a good win in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap March 5 and a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream Park January 27. He also had a fifth in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park last July and a third in the minor William Walker Stakes in April, 2015. Blofeld was impressive early in his career and hopes to return to that form from the outside gate 6 with Rafael Bejarano guiding the morning line second choice.

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Mr. Jordan 5-1 - won the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes on this track June 21, 2015 during a streak of four wins and two runner-up finishes in his first six career starts. He has been OK since - a third last time out in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile on this track July 2 followed a third at Tampa Bay and a second in the minor Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream in January. He has four wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 12 career starts - competitive every time out but will be after his first win in over a year from gate 4. Paco Lopez has been tabbed with accomplishing that goal as third betting choice from gate 4.

Adirondack King 6-1 - John Servis trained gelding has seven wins, nine seconds and six third place finishes in 40 career starts and looks just OK ahead of this week. Last time out was a fourth in the minor Turning for Home Stakes at Parx June 25 after consecutive seconds - including behind Bradester in the minor Majestic Light Stakes here May 21 and a nice win in the minor Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay in March. He also posted minor stakes scores in at Parx in 2014 and 2011. He has placed in just one of six graded stakes tries and hopes to change all of that from post 3 Sunday. Trevor McCarthy rides.

Encryption 6-1 - Kelly Breen trainee finished eighth in this race in 2014 and also had a second in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes on this track that year. He has been decent since - a win last time out in the minor Turning for Home Stakes at Parx June 25 followed a third behind Bradester and Adirondack King in the minor Majestic Lights Stakes here May 21, a seventh in the minor Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream in December and an OK third in the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland in October. He has placed in four of his last five starts overall - in OK form ahead of this weekend. Encryption looks for his first graded stakes score form post 5 Sunday with Nik Juarez in the reins.

Scuba 10-1 - Brendan Walsh trained gelding has three wins, four seconds and three third place finishes in 13 career starts. He made his stakes debut last time out and finished an OK third in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine July 1. Before that were straight runner-up finishes - all Allowance Optional Claiming races with the last two coming at Churchill Downs in May. He has placed in nine straight starts overall and will be after his first win since April, 2015 when he leaves from the rail with Florent Geroux aboard.

2016 mother goose stakes preview entries and odds


The Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes comes our way this Saturday, July 2 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Three year old fillies will take to Belmont Park's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $300,000 purse.

Seven sophomore females will line up in the Mother Goose Stakes - race 9 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:45 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all seven entries for this intriguing Grade 1 stakes.

2016 Mother Goose Stakes Race Preview at Belmont Park

Rachel's Valentina 9-5 - has five career starts with two wins and two second place finishes. She enters on the heels of her worst effort to date - an uncharacteristic sixth as favorite in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 6. It followed consecutive runner up finishes - behind longshot Weep No More in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes and behind Songbird in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Before those results were a win in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga September 5 and a maiden score at first asking on that same track August 2. Rachel's Valentina had been impressive before last time out and will be in search of a strong bounce back after a good rest - from gate 6. John Velazquez has the mount on the obvious morning line favorite.

Lewis Bay 2-1 - Chad Brown trained filly has placed in all six career starts - three wins, two runner-ups and a third place finishes. Last time out was a respectable third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 6 which followed a good win in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 9, a second place finish behind Cathryn Sophia in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream in February, a win in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct in November and a maiden score in October. Lewis Bay has been in the mix every time out and is expected to be again Saturday. Irad Ortiz has been tabbed to ride the second betting choice from post 5.

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Off the Tracks 3-1 - Todd Pletcher trained filly has five career starts - three wins, a second and a third place finish. She broke maiden at first asking at Gulfstream last June and went on to a terrific win in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga in July. She returned from a seven month layoff February 21 and posted a good win by 4 1/2 lengths in the minor Margate Handicap February 21 and followed that with an OK third as favorite in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks April 2 and a decent second last time out in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes on this track June 11. Off the Tracks has placed in all five starts and hopes to keep the impressive roll going from gate 2 Saturday with Jose Ortiz in the irons of the third choice.

Lightstream 5-1 - lightly raced Brian Lynch trained filly has three career starts and three impressive wins - all at seven furlongs. Last time out it was the minor Soaring Softly Stakes on this track May 21 after wins in the Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 17 and a maiden score by 2 1/4 lengths with a 103 Beyer Speed Figure at first asking. Lightstream hasn't been touched so far and will try to remain undefeated as she departs from the outside post 7 with Joel Rosario aboard at an intriguing 5-1.

Mo d'Amour 12-1 - Todd Pletcher trained filly has three wins and two second place finishes in eight career starts. She recorded a third place finish in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct April 9 but has failed to place in two starts since - a fifth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 6 was followed by an eighth last time out in the minor Wonder Again Stakes on this track June 5. She won the minor Busher Stakes February 27 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Laurel Park in February as well. Mo d'Amour has been a tad disappointing lately and will be looking for a major breakthrough from gate 4 Saturday. Manuel Franco has the mount.

Mom's On Strike 20-1 - Joe Sharp trained filly has three career starts with a win and a third place finish. She debuted with a third at Fair Grounds in March and broke maiden April 16 in her second career start. Last time out was a somewhat disappointing fifth in her stakes debut - the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20. Mom's On Strike hopes to make a statement Saturday and record her first stakes score from post 3. Kendrick Carmouche gets the call.

Linda Mimi 30-1 - has three starts for trainer Gustavo Delgado with a win, a second and a third place finish - all MSW races. Last time out was that win - on this track June 2 after a second at Churchill Downs in May and a third in her debut in March. Linda Mimi has improved every time out but makes an enormous jump up in competition Saturday from the rail. Jose Lezcano rides.