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2016 eatontown stakes preview entries and odds


´╗┐Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey will play host to the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes on Saturday, June 25. A purse of $100,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to race 1 1/16 miles on Monmouth Park's turf track.

Eight older females will line up in the Eatontown Stakes - race 10 on Monmouth Park's Saturday card. Post time is 5:24 PM. Here is a glance into the past performances of all eight entries for this Grade 3 stakes.

2016 Eatontown Stakes Race Preview at Monmouth Park

Isabella Sings 6-5 - Todd Pletcher trained filly has five wins and four second place finishes in 14 career starts. She enters off a nice win in the minor Miss Liberty Stakes here May 29 which followed an uncharacteristic seventh in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 7, a second behind the fabulous Tepin in the Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes in March and a career best effort - a win in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs November 14. Before that was a fourth in the minor Pebble Stakes October 12, a respectable second in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes in September and a nice win in the minor Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park in July. Isabella Sings has two wins and a runner-up finish in three starts on this track and will try to win her second straight here from the rail with Paco Lopez aboard the obvious favorite.

Bureau de Change 9-2 - Brian Lynch trained mare has four wins and two third place finishes in 11 career starts. She has failed in her last three starts however - in all three of her stakes starts to date. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 7 after a fourth in the Grade 2 Hillsborough Stakes March 12 and a fifth in the Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay February 13. Before that were two straight Allowance Optional Claiming scores this past winter. Bureau de Change looked good against lesser competition but hasn't been great against graded stakes company. Jockey Victor Lebron will try to change all of that from post 3 Saturday as the slight second betting choice.

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Invading Humor 5-1 - Bruce Levine trained mare won the minor Ticonderoga Stakes at Belmont Park in October and also won the minor Mount Vernon Stakes on that track last May and the minor John Hettinger Stakes in 2014 but has mostly been unflattering outside of those results. Last time out was a second in the 2016 Mount Vernon Stakes May 30 which followed a seventh in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs November 21. She has shown form in the past and searches for her first graded stakes score Saturday from the outside gate 8 with Kendrick Carmouche in the reins of the third betting choice.

Nisharora 6-1 - Irish bred Kelly Rubley trained mare has 12 career starts with three wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She enters off an unsuccessful graded stakes debut - a ninth in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico May 21 after an OK third in the minor Dahlia Stakes at Laurel Park April 16 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Gulfstream December 27. She looks for her first stakes score Saturday off a career worst effort - from the rail with Antonio Gallardo aboard.

Sea Coast 6-1 - Irish bred Christophe Clement trained mare won two of 12 starts at home before shipping and has been decent in four races since. She has four North American starts (all Allowance Optional Claiming races) with a win last time out here May 28, a fifth June 30 and consecutive runner-up finishes in 2015. Sea Coast steps up in decent form and will be after her first stakes/group win from post 5. Joe Bravo will be in the saddle.

My Cara Mia 8-1 - Mitchell Friedman trained filly has three wins, a second and two third place finishes in 15 career starts and makes her graded stakes debut Saturday. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park May 27 after a fourth, a third and an eighth respectively in a trio of Allowance Optional Claiming races earlier this year. Her only two graded stakes starts resulted in seventh place finishes - back in 2014. My Cara Mia has been just OK against lesser competition and chases her first stakes win Saturday. She leaves from post 7 with a yet-to-be-named jockey.

Means Well 10-1 - Alan Goldberg trained mare enters off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Pimlico June 2 after a fourth in the minor Plenty of Grace Stakes in April and an eighth and a fifth respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races in November. She has yet to place in three graded stakes tries - a fourth in the Grade 3 Violet Stakes August 9 followed consecutive fifths - the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes August 2 and the Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes in July. Means Well has placed in just one of her last seven starts ahead of this week - that being a win last time out but still arrives in less-than -spectacular form. Pablo Fragoso rides from gate 6.

Camille Claudel 20-1 - Francis Abbott trained mare has three wins and three runner-up finishes in 10 career starts but has yet to place in three stakes tries. Last time out was an eighth in the Grade 3 Distaff Stakes at Pimlico May 20 after alternating wins and runner-up finishes in four Allowance races and a fourth in the 2014 Gulfstream Park Oaks. Camille Claudel has been good in Allowance company but hasn't shown up in stakes races so far. Gabriel Saez gets the call hoping to change her fortunes around against top competition from gate 4 Saturday.

Anthony joshua v eric molina back another early night for aj


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Matchroom Sports present a blockbuster Saturday night of boxing at the Manchester Arena, headlined by Anthony Joshua's latest defence of his IBF world heavyweight title. Eric Molina provides the opposition, but punters seem convinced this will be a straightforward AJ win.

Support comes in the form of some major domestic names, no less a battle that threatens to overshadow the main event in Dereck Chisora vs Dillian Whyte. Scott Quigg, Callum Smith and Katie Taylor are all involved in a stunning cast. As far as early Christmas presents go to fight fans, this one is sugar coated. Let's see if we can't make it a night to remember for punters too.

Joshua famously won the IBF strap when beating Charles Martin at the 02 Arena back in April and made his first defence a successful one when scalping Dominic Breazeale last time out at the same venue. Both men were previously undefeated. They are not anymore.

The 6ft 6in orthodox from Watford now stands with a professional record of 17 fights, 17 wins, 17 knockouts. You can't ask for any more than that from your prospects and although there are critics out there who believe he has been handled with kid-gloves in terms of matchmaking so far, his team have actually been a lot more confident than some of the past heavyweight world champions have at this stage of their careers.

Another Joshua win has been priced up as [1.06] favourite on the Exchange, and although that's tight enough, it represents real value when you compare it to what is on offer elsewhere in the market. The jolly maintaining his 100% knockout ratio will also prove popular in the pre-bout betting tips, with 1/14 available courtesy of the Sportsbook. The 27-year-old has never asked the judges for a favour, but winning on points is 9/1.

Opponent Eric Molina will duck between the ropes almost friendless on the night, having made the journey from his base in Texas. The 34-year-old arrives with a record of 25 wins against three defeats, and with each of those losses coming inside the distance, punters fear the worst for our guest, who is making only his second outing outside of his homeland.

Molina was last seen beating Tomasz Adamek in Poland in what was, arguably, his most impressive win to date, battering the vastly experienced home fighter into submission in 10 rounds. Since being stopped by Deontay Wilder in nine in 2015, Molina has won each of his two comeback bouts by KO/TKO, and a third is 14/1, while a points win on foreign soil is unlikely to attract much attention, even with 22/1 doing the rounds. The invader to win by any method is 12/1. That tells a story in itself.

It's always enjoyable watching Anthony Joshua progress. He is the real deal, in my eyes anyway, and is coming on with every fight. The Englishman won a world title earlier than I thought he would, and has been brutal in stopping every man placed in front of him. Having said that, I struggle to see how they justify making this fight on the pay-per-view platform. Eddie Hearn is doing himself and his fighter no favours, seriously restricting who can follow his rise to the top of the game. I'm sure he could walk down many high-streets unnoticed, whereas past champions such as Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno wouldn't have that luxury.

Molina was stopped by Deontay Wilder and won two comeback bouts since. He has been KO'd three times already. Is that worth a world title shot with the public being flogged a competitive match-up? Not in my book. I see Joshua winning this, of course, and the only bit of value around looks to be a little play on Joshua to win in round two at 7/2. That would have been a winning bet in eight of his previous fights. Round one has popped up four times and is 4/1 while round three has been three times and is also 4/1. Punters could spread their stake evenly, or have a go on the second round, which has been most popular.

Taking a brief look at the undercard and, in particular, Dereck Chisora vs Dillian Whyte. These two couldn't possibly do anything in the ring that would upstage their press conference antics, which, at one point, saw Del Boy throw a table at his opponent. Wow, it's all getting a bit American wrestling on us. Personally, I think anyone disgracing the sport acting like that should be made an example of and banned. No pay, no fight, not to be encouraged. But I am speaking as a mere fan!

In terms of a fight winner, I would side with Dillian Whyte at [1.36] on the Exchange. In terms of quality he has done little outside of that nervy encounter with Joshua, in which he failed to put his long-term rival away despite having him in trouble, but he is trained by Team Tibbs and that gives him the edge.

I shared the TKO Gym in London with Jimmy and Mark Tibbs in the early part of my professional career and they are real experts in the field. If they can't help him get the win, no one can. They also know Chisora inside-out, which will be a big positive on fight night.

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