Bet on the Gazelle Stakes
Run since 1887, the Grade II $300,000 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct is one of the oldest races in America. Over the years, this prestigious race for three year-old fillies has been run at three different tracks in New York: the now defunct Gravesend Race Track from 1887-1916, Belmont Park from 1969-2008, and Aqueduct since 2009. Once run in early fall, the Gazelle is now run in April at a mile and an eighth on the main track.
Gazelle Stakes Racebooks
Of course, not everyone can get to the track to bet the Gazelle Stakes, but through an online racebook account everyone can get in on the action from anywhere in the world. There are a number of racebook options out there, but here are those that we think offer the best options for horseplayers.
Gazelle Stakes Betting Odds
While all almost all racebooks offer track odds on wagers, the difference lies in the rebates or other bonuses that are offered to help boost your return on investment. At our #1 recommended partner, Bovada.lv, that amounts to a 3% rebate on all win, place and show wagers, and 5% on exotic bets – whether or not your horses hit the board.
2017 Gazelle Stakes Contenders
In the 2016 renewal of the Gazelle the favored Lewis Bay once again demonstrated her preference for two-turn racing with an easy 1 1/2-length score. The victory was her second graded stakes tally after winning the Grade 2 Demoiselle as a juvenile and gave the Chad Brown trainee some newfound cache following her distant second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes in her previous start. Lewis Bay solidified her spot in the Kentucky Oaks starting gate with the win, besting the up-and-coming Royal Obsession who ran on for second, seven lengths the better of third-place finisher Mo d’ Amour.
2016 Order of Finish: Win Place Show
1st: Lewis Bay $5.50 $3.10 $2.50
2nd: Royal Obsession $3.70 $3.20
3rd: Mo d’ Amour $3.70
(Also Ran: Dreams to Reality, Flora Dora, Clair de Lune; Scratched: Behrnik’s Bank)
Check back closer to race day for 2017 Gazelle contenders!
Did you know?
From 2009-2012, the Gazelle was run in late November, making it an attractive end-of-the-year graded stakes opportunity. When the race was switched to early April in 2013, it became a prep race for the grade one Kentucky Oaks on the first Friday in May at Churchill Downs. For the majority of its history, the Gazelle was run in late August of early September and was, therefore, considered an ideal Breeder’s Cup race. Many Gazelle participants have enjoyed Breeder’s Cup success and rank among the nation’s elite horses.
Always a top-class race, the Gazelle has attracted considerable talent over the last two decades. In 1992 Saratoga Dew won the Gazelle en route to becoming the Eclipse Award winning three year-old fillies champion. Serena’s Song won the 1995 Gazelle as part of a stellar career that included 17 stakes wins and 11 grade one victories – including some against males. Multiple grade one winner and champion Silverbulletday won the Gazelle in 1999 as well as the Kentucky Oaks. Gazelle winners in the new millennium include notables such as Pine Island, Lear’s Princess, Flashing, Awesome Feather, and Close Hatches. In 2011, Awesome Feather was already a Breeder’s Cup winner having won the Juvenile Fillies race at Churchill Downs in 2010. She entered the Gazelle undefeated and delivered with her seventh win in as many starts.