Bet on the Eatontown Stakes
The Eatontown Stakes has been a summer staple at Monmouth Park since it was inaugurated in 1971 and is usually held at the end of June. The race is open to fillies and mares and has traditionally been carded at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Currently, the race holds Grade 3 status and offers a purse of $100,000. Up until 2013, the Eatontown was run as a handicap with assigned weights but is now a stakes.
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Eatontown Stakes Betting Odds
The Eatontown Stakes has developed a reputation as a race with some value. The favorite has not won the race going all the way back to 2007. In 2015, I’m Already Sexy, piloted by local jockey Paco Lopez, pulled the upset at odds of 7-1 over the 2-1 favorite Kenzadargent (FR). Stellar Path at 5-1 and Recepta at 11-1 rounded out the exotics and the superfecta returned $847.30. Bovada’s racebook offers 3% win-or-lose rebates on all straight wagers and 5% back on exotics, making those payouts even more enticing.
2016 Eatontown Stakes Conenders
A field of eight fillies and mares has been assembled for the 2016 edition of the Eatontown Stakes.
Isabella Sings looms as the heavy favorite at odds of 6-5 for trainer Todd Pletcher and is a proven force on the Jersey Shore. Of her five career victories, two of them have come at Monmouth Park and she was last seen winning the Miss Liberty Stakes there.
She will have to contend with some serious competition, however. Bureau de Change, the second choice at 9-2, has struggled in her recent starts but has been lightly freshened and is training steadily. In addition, Christophe Clement will saddle Irish invader Sea Coast who, despite a career laden with past performance gaps, turned in a winning effort off the bench last time out in an allowance race.
Here is the field for the Eatontown Stakes along with morning line odds.
1. Nisharora (IRE), 6-1
2. Isabella Sings, 6-5
3. Bureau de Change, 9-2
4. Camille Claudel, 20-1
5. Sea Coast (IRE), 6-1
6. Means Well, 10-1
7. My Cara Mia, 8-1
8. Invading Humor, 5-1
Did you know?
The Eatontown Stakes has an international list of winners representing seven separate countries. In addition to the domestically bred horses, there have been winners from Mexico (Mazatleca, 1986), Chile (Reciclada, 2000), Argentina (Brunilda, 2006), France (All is Vanity, 2009), South Africa (Gypsy’s Warning, 2010) and Ireland (Laughing, 2013 and Madea, 2014).
One of the highest profile horses to win the Eatontown was The Very One in 1979. The multiple graded stakes winning mare won the Eatontown at the beginning of her remarkable career at the age of four, right as she was hitting her best stride. The globe-trotting mare even represented the United States in Tokyo in the Japan Cup (G1) in 1981 and finished a respectable third.
In 2006, heavy rain forced the Eatontown off of the turf and the race was held on the sealed and sloppy main track. Brunilda (ARG), fourth in the race the previous year, broke through and earned the only graded stakes win of her career for trainer Stanley Hough and jockey Eddie Castro.