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2016 joe hirsch turf classic preview entries and odds


The Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic comes our way this Saturday, October 1 from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. A purse of $500,000 will be on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/2 miles on Belmont Park's turf track.

A short field of just four have been confirmed for the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic - race 6 on Belmont Park's packed Saturday card. Post time is 3:26 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all four entries for this intriguing Grade 1 stakes - a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race to the Breeders' Cup Turf.

2016 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Race Preview at Belmont Park

Flintshire 1-1 - impressive British bred entry won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris in 2013 and has been impressive since - three straight wins ahead of this weekend - the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes last time out August 27, in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes July 30 and the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park June 11. The wins followed a second in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase in December (a race he won in 2014), a second in the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France, a win in the 2015 Sword Dancer Stakes in August and a second in his only other North American start - behind the terrific Main Sequence in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Turf. Flintshire now has eight wins, 10 seconds and a third place finish in 22 career starts - as competitive as they come at a huge variety of tracks around the world. He will be out to keep an impressive string of results going from gate 4 Saturday with Javier Castellano aboard the obvious favorite.

Money Multiplier 4-1 - has three wins, six seconds and a third place finish in 13 career starts for trainer Chad Brown. He broke maiden at Belmont Park last May in his fourth career starts and went on to a couple of good runner-up finishes - the Grade 3 Kent Stakes last July and the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes in September. He struggled after that however - a seventh in the Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes here in October and an eighth in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in November. He has been good in his last five starts however - a second last time out behind Flintshire with a terrific 112 Beyer Speed Figure in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga August 27 followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score August 5 and consecutive runner-up finishes - the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park July 3 and in the Grade 1 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park May 14. Money Multiplier has been decent but will still be chasing his first stakes score Saturday. John Velazquez will be in the saddle of the second betting choice from post 3.

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Ectot 8-1 - British bred Todd Pletcher trainee has placed in nine of 13 career starts - six wins, two seconds and a third place finish. He won the Group 2 Qatar Prix Niel in September, 2014 but has failed to post victory since. Last time out was a close second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Saratoga September 4 which followed a fourth in the minor Lure Stakes in his North American debut - at Saratoga August 6. He failed to place in three of his last four starts overseas. Ectot hasn't been all that impressive lately but will try for his first win in two years Saturday from the rail. Jose Ortiz rides.

Twilight Eclipse 10-1 - defending third place finisher in this race is still the world record holder at 1 1/2 miles on turf when he won the Grade 2 William McKnight Handicap December 28, 2013 in wire-to-wire fashion by seven lengths. He's placed in 14 of 18 races ahead of this weekend - a third last time out behind Flintshire and Money Multiplier in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga August 27 followed another third behind Flintshire in the Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes July 30, an Allowance score at Belmont Park July 8, a third in the minor Belmont Gold Cup Invitational and three poor results - a sixth in the Grade 3 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland in April, a seventh in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream March 5 and an eighth in November in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Before the Breeders' Cup were third place finishes in three straight races - the 2015 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, the Grade 1 Sword Dancer August 29 and the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes July 5. His last graded stakes score came in the Grade 1 Man o' War Stakes May 9, 2015. Twilight Eclipse has been OK lately and will be after his first graded stakes score in 17 months (second overall) from gate 2. Joel Rosario has been tabbed with accomplishing that goal.

2016 los angeles stakes preview entries and odds


Los Alamitos Race Course in Los Alamitos, California will be the scene of the Grade 3 Los Angeles Stakes on Saturday, April 16. Horses three years old and upward will take to Los Alamitos dirt track and dash 5 1/2 furlongs searching for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.

A field of six will take to the track in the Los Angeles Stakes - race 5 on Los Alamitos Saturday card. Post time is 3:58 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all six entries for this Grade 3 stakes.

2016 Los Angeles Stakes Race Preview at Los Alamitos

San Onofre - Karen Headley trained gelding has been good in his career - five wins and four second place finishes in 12 career starts - most of the success coming in his first eight starts including three straight runner-up finishes - the 2015 Los Angeles Stakes May 25, the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes in April, 2015 and the minor Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint in January of last year. He also owns a four race win streak in his career - no stakes races however. San Onofre has not quite been the same in his last four starts however - an eighth last time out in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes March 12 followed a fourth in the minor Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes, a nice win over the terrific Salutos Amigos in the Grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes in January and a fourth in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes in June. He tries to replicate his form from the beginning of the year and looks to hit the board for the first time in three starts when he leaves from the outside post 6 with Edwin Maldonado aboard.

Wild Dude - Jerry Hollendorfer double Grade 1 winner has really struggled in his last two starts after a good stretch. He's finished sixth in his last two starts overall - the Grade 2 San Carlos Stales last time out March 12 and the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Before that he was decent indeed, in his previous five starts - a good win in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Turf Championship October 3, a close second in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Stakes at Del Mar August 22, a win at 11-1 odds in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes in July to go along with consecutive third place finishes - in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita June 27 and in the 2015 Grade 3 Los Angeles Stakes May 25. He also had a nice upset win in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita March 7, 2015. Wild Dude now has seven wins, four seconds and four third place finishes in 20 career starts and hopes to bounce back from a pair of uncharacteristic efforts. Kent Desormeaux has been tabbed to ride from post 3.

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Yiannis - will make just his sixth career start for trainer John Sadler having posted three wins and a third place finish so far. He won the minor San Pedro Stakes in his second career start a year ago and went on to a fourth in his only graded stakes appearance in the Grade 3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes in May and an Allowance Optional Claiming score in August. He returned recently from a 7 1/2 month hiatus and finished third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita. Yiannis has been decent in limited action and will be after his first graded stakes score Saturday from gate 2. Victor Espinoza has the mount.

Raised a Secret - Mark Glatt trainee has five wins, 10 seconds and six third place finishes - the best of which was a win in the minor Harris Farm Stakes at Fresno in October. He has finished second in three of his last four starts - an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out at Santa Anita March 25, the minor Donald Valpredo California Cup January 30 and the minor Cary Grant Stakes in November with a fifth in the Grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes sandwiched in there. Raised a Secret has placed in four of his last five starts and hopes for his first graded stakes score in his second try. Agapito Delgadillo gets the call from post 5.

W. Giles - Kristin Mulhall trained gelding has seven wins, five seconds and six third place finishes in 25 career starts and makes his stakes debut Saturday. He enters on a three race win streak - a Starter Allowance last time out March 6, an Allowance Optional Claiming January 30 and another Allowance Optional Claiming January 3 - all at Santa Anita. He has placed in four straight overall and looks ready for his step up in competition. David Charles Lopez has been tabbed to ride from the rail.

Sir Kip - has three wins in eight career starts for trainer Juan Aleman. He makes his stakes debut Saturday off an Allowance score at Los Alamitos Quarter Horse February 12 and off-the-board finishes in three straight races including a ninth two starts back on this track. Sir Kip hadn't been impressive before last time out and will be out to make a serious statement - from gate 4 with Christian Aragon guiding him.