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2016 iowa derby preview entries and odds


The Grade 3 Iowa Derby goes down this Friday, July 1 from Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. Horses three years old will take to Prairie Meadows dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles for the winner's share of the $250,000 purse.

A field of eight have been confirmed for the Iowa Derby - race 9 on Prairie Meadows Friday card. Post time is 9:21 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all eight combatants for this Grade 3 stakes.

2016 Iowa Derby Race Preview at Prairie Meadows

Texas Chrome 2-1 - JR Caldwell trained colt has been impressive so far in his nine race career - five wins and three third place finishes including wins in his first three career starts (two stakes). He finished a decent third last time out in his graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs June 18 after a nice win in the minor Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star in May and a third in the minor Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park in April. He also won the minor Governor's Cup Stakes at Zia Park in October. Texas Chrome has been competitive so far and tries for his first graded stakes win from post 3 Friday. Iram Vargas Diego has the mount on the morning line favorite.

American Freedom 5-2 - has won two of three career starts for trainer Bob Baffert - the minor LARC Sir Barton Stakes last time out at Pimlico May 21 and his debut at Santa Anita in April. His only other start was of the graded stakes variety and it resulted in a sixth in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs May 7 - a result that he hopes was the exception, not the rule. American Freedom looks for his first graded stakes score Friday in OK form - as the second betting choice from gate 4.

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Synchrony 4-1 - has two wins, a second and two third place finishes in six career starts for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. Last time out was an OK third in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland April 16 after a sixth in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park February 15, a third in the minor Smarty Jones Stakes on that track in January and consecutive wins - the best of which being an Allowance Optional Claiming at Churchill Downs in November. Synchrony has been decent so far and will be after his first stakes win Friday from post 5. Shaun Bridgmohan has been tabbed to ride the third choice from post 5.

Lookin for a Kiss 8-1 - Michael Tomlinson trained colt has a win and a second place finish in four career starts. He won his debut but hasn't been great in his stakes starts however. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs May 7 which followed a seventh in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April. Lookin for a Kiss hopes to place in stakes company for the first time Friday and leaves from the rail with Ramon Vazquez in the saddle.

Hint of Roses 10-1 - Michael Maker trained colt has a win, a second and two third place finishes in eight career starts. He makes his stakes debut Friday having placed in his last four starts overall - a maiden score last time out followed a third, a second and another third respectively in MSW races. Hint of Roses has improved every time out and hopes to keep that trend going from the outside gate 8. Florent Geroux will get the call.

Colonel Dan 12-1 - will makes his stakes debut Friday for trainer Wesley Hawley having posted a win and a third place finish in five career starts - all MSW races. Last time out was that maiden score - at Churchill Downs May 29 after off-the-board finishes in his previous three. Colonel Dan takes an enormous step up in competition Friday in OK form. Miguel Mena has the mount from post 7.

Catfish Creek 15-1 - has placed in all four career starts for trainer Scott Young - two wins, a second and a third place finish. Last time out was a runner-up in the minor Prairie Mile Stakes here June 10 - a local prep for this race which followed a win in his stakes debut - the minor Will Rogers Handicap May 7, a maiden score in December and a third in his debut in November. Catfish Creek has been a factor in every career start and hopes to continue that trend from gate 2 Friday at an intriguing 15-1 on the morning line. Belen Quininoz gets the call.

The Rouge Diesel 30-1 - has 13 career starts already for trainer John Hall with just one win, one second and two third place finishes. He makes his stakes debut Friday having failed to place in his last four starts - the last being Allowance races on this track. He hasn't been great lately and will be after his first podium finish since a Starter Optional Claiming score in April when he leaves from gate 6 with Ken Tohill guiding him.

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2017 sunshine millions classic preview entries and odds


The restricted Sunshine Millions Classic is scheduled to be run this Saturday, January 21 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Horses four years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $200,000 purse when they take to Gulfstream's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles.

A field of eight have been assembled for the Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes - race 12 on Gulfstream's stacked Saturday card. Post time is 5:35 PM. Here is a look onto the past performances of all eight combatants for this interesting restricted stakes race.

2017 Sunshine Millions Classic Entries at Gulfstream Park

Awesome Slew - Edward Plesa trained colt has eight career starts with three nice wins and two third place finishes. Last time out was a third behind Stanford and Keen Ice in the G3 Harlan's Holiday Stakes here December 17 which followed a slightly disappointing fifth after setting the pace in the G2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx September 24 and a career best result - a dominating, gate-to-wire seven length win in the G3 Smarty Jones Stakes on that track September 5. Before that was a sixth in the G1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park July 31, an OK third in the G3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park June 19 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track May 21. He also had an OK fourth in the G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga last July and a maiden score at first asking on June, 2015. Awesome Slew hasn't been afraid of top company and will be after his second graded stakes win in four starts in decent form. Joel Rosario rides.

We're All Set - Fernando Abreu trained gelding has 38 career starts with seven wins, six seconds and nine third place finishes. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday off a fourth in the minor Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes here December 3, an Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track September 15, a second in a similar race August 5 and a nice win in the minor Sea of Grass Stakes June 26. He posted a third in the minor Bull Gator Stakes on this track before that. We're All Set has placed in eight of his last nine starts overall with five wins over that span and will try to make a statement in his step up from gate 4. Luis Saez is scheduled to ride.

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Piloting - has 26 career starts for trainer Mark Casse with four wins, three seconds and six third place finishes. He enters off a respectable second in the minor Millions Classic Preview Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 12, an Allowance Optional Claiming score on that track October 16 and a fourth and a third respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming this past summer. Piloting tries for his first stakes win in his graded stakes debut when he departs from gate 6 Saturday with Luca Panici in the irons.

Uncle Vinny - won two of his first three career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher including the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga July 25, 2015 and followed that with a third in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes on that track last September. He has placed in just two of seven starts since. Last time out was an eighth in the minor Millions Turf Preview Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 12 after a ninth in the G3 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx September 5 and a fourth in the G2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga July 30. He also had an OK third in the minor Long Branch Stakes July 9 and a second in an Allowance May 30 - the last two at Monmouth Park. Uncle Vinny will be after his first win in 18 months Saturday - from post 7 with John Velazquez guiding him.

Hy Riverside - Antonio Sano trained gelding has four wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 15 career starts. He made his graded stakes debut two starts back and finished a distant fifth in the G3 Harlan's Holiday Stakes on this track December 17 and followed that with another fifth last time out in the G3 Hal' Hope Stakes just last week. Before his latest two starts he had a fourth in the minor Millions Classic Preview Stakes at Gulfstream Park West November 12 and two straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores here in August. He's also posted a respectable second in the minor Trinniberg Stakes here July 30 and another Allowance Optional Claiming score on this track July 16. Hy Riverside has been good against lesser competition and hopes hit the board for the first time in four starts from post 3 Saturday. Jose Ortiz gets the call.

Joshua's Comprise - has 55 career starts for trainer Barry Rose with just two wins, six seconds and seven third place finishes. He has five graded stakes starts but failed to place in any - a sixth in the G3 Harlan's Holiday Stakes here December 17 and a ninth in the G3 Skip Away Stakes here in 2014 included. He has failed to place in 13 straight races ahead of this weekend as well - a seventh last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track January 7 followed that fifth in the Harlan's Holiday, a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming here December 11, a seventh in the minor Millions Classic Preview Stakes November 12 and another fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in October. Joshua's Comprise hasn't been competitive lately and isn't expected to be Saturday with Martin Ramos Ramirez in the saddle from post 5.

Tiger of Wales - Michael Maker trainee has five wins, four seconds and three third place finishes in 21 career starts. He won three straight Allowance races in the spring/summer of 2016 and took his act to South America where he posted consecutive runner-up finishes in Allowance races in the fall and an OK fourth last time out in the Group 1 Copa Invitacional Stakes December 11. He has yet to post a stakes win but hopes to change all of that when he leaves from the rail Saturday with Tyler Gaffalione aboard.

Nauset Beach - has just three wins in 27 career starts for trainer Teresa Pompay to go along with six seconds and four third place finishes. He enters off consecutive fifths in Allowance Optional Claiming races - the last on this track January 7. He posted an Allowance Optional score September 26 and a second in a similar race three weeks earlier however. Nauset Beach has placed in just two of his last eight starts overall - in less-than-spectacular form for his step up. Jockey Paco Lopez will try to provide the upset when they leave from gate 2 Saturday.