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2016 adoration stakes preview entries and odds

The Grade 3 Adoration Stakes is on tap for this Sunday, May 8 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. A purse of $100,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Santa Anita's dirt track.

A field of six will give it a go in thee Adoration Stakes - race 5 on Santa Anita's Sunday schedule. Post time is 2:30 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all six combatants for this Grade 3 stakes - none other than Beholder have a graded stakes score.

2016 Adoration Stakes Race Preview at Santa Anita Park

Beholder - defending champion in this race, three time Eclipse Award winner - 2015 Champion Older Mare, 2013 Champion 3 Year Old Filly and 2012 Champion 2 Year Old Filly and nine time Grade 1 victor has 20 career starts with 15 wins and three second place finishes - the only times she hasn't finished first or second came in her debut and a fourth place finish in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes just over two years ago. She enters on a terrific six race win streak - The Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes here September 26, the Grade 1 Pacific Classic August 22, the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes by an incredible seven lengths August 1, the 2015 Adoration Stakes, the minor Santa Lucia Stakes in April and the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes in September (which she won two straight years). She won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2012 and the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 2013 but has just eight starts since - seven wins. She is a three-time Eclipse Award winner for a reason - she is mighty impressive and despite being put of action for seven months is the obvious one to catch Sunday. Gary Stevens will be in the saddle of the morning line favorite and 124 pound highweight from the outside gate 6.

Sheer Pleasure - multiple stakes winning Phil D'Amato trained filly has 11 career starts with four wins and two runner-up finishes. She enters off one of those wins - the minor Dream of Summer Stakes on this track March 27. It followed a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming March 8 and a couple of off-the-board finishes. She also won the minor Melair and Evening Jewel Stakes on this track. Sheer Pleasure has been trending upward and off a win could be in the mix Sunday. She looks for her first graded stakes score with Martin Garcia guiding her.

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She's Reddy - Eoin Harty trained filly has just two wins and two second place finishes in 11 career starts. She makes her graded stakes debut Sunday off a second place finish in the minor Harry Henson Handicap at Sunland Park March 20 after an Allowance score on that track in January and off-the-board finishes in three Allowance Optional Claiming races. She's Ready has been OK in her last two starts after an unflattering stretch and will chase her first stakes score from post 3. Santiago Gonzalez has been tabbed to ride.

Mo Honey - has seven career starts for trainer Patrick Gallagher with three wins and a second place finish so far. She made her stakes debut three starts back and finished eighth in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on this track December 26 and followed that with an Allowance Optional Claiming score here January 24. Last time out was another disappointment - a fifth in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes on this track March 19. She also had an Allowance score here October 10, a tenth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar August 9 and a maiden on this track in June. Moyo Honey has looked OK against lesser company thus far - not so good in stakes company. She looks for her first stakes score Sunday with Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle from the rail.

All Star Bub - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly has recorded three wins, a second and five third place finishes in 16 career starts. She has placed in three of her last four starts overall - a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out on this track April 7 followed an Allowance Optional Claiming score here February 25 and consecutive third place finishes in similar races this past winter, She had a sixth in her only stakes action to date - the Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes on this track in October. All Star Bub has been OK the last six months and hopes for a first stakes score from gate 2. Rafael Bejarano will be in the reins.

Backintheacademy - has 32 career starts for trainer Felipe Souza with just two wins, six seconds and seven third place finishes. She has just one stakes start which resulted in a fifth in the minor Santa Lucia Stakes here a year ago. She has concentrated on Allowance Optional Claiming races since - a third last time out April 24 at Los Alamitos followed a fifth, a third, a seventh and three straight fifth place finishes. Backintheacademy chases her first victory since January, 2015 - in less-than-spectacular form and will leave from gate 4 with Brayan Pena in the saddle.

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Melbourne Stars v Sidney Sixers

Saturday January 21 08:25

Melbourne Stars

The Stars have got themselves in a bit of a tangle that could easily have been avoided. Well, at least some of it could. They put in a shocker with the bat against a Brisbane Heat side missing all three of their star men (Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum and Samuel Badree), scoring just 138. Incredibly, three of their Top 5 (Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney and Marcus Stoinis) fell to golden ducks. I can honestly say I've never seen that happen before.

What they didn't have any control over was the Melbourne Renegades' remarkable win against Brisbane on Friday morning.

Had Brisbane won like they should have, there would have been no talk at all of the Stars making the semis because they'd have already had their name in the hat.

Their future is still in their hands, mind. A win here and they're through. If Hobart beat Perth earlier in the day, they're almost certainly through as well. But a comfortable win for Perth and a heavy(ish) loss to the Strikers and the Stars could yet miss out.

Sidney Sixers

The Sixers are a strange side. I just can't decide whether I rate them or not.

I like Michael Lumb, the under-rated Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques and the evergreen Brad Haddin with the bat. Sean Abbott has been excellent with the ball (15 wickets from 7 matches) and former South African spinner Johan Botha is always economical with his four overs and is a useful lower-order batsman.

But it's the others I'm not sure about. They don't splash the cash on big-name players and that's fine but they just seem to lack a bit of star quality.

To be fair, they've been a bit unlucky. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood haven't been available for a single game, Aussie skipper Steve Smith has decided to just be an Ambassador rather than a player for the Franchisethis term, star spinner Steve O'Keefe was told to just practice in the nets ahead of 'Straya's' upcoming tour to India and skipper Henriques can bat but not bowl due to an injury.

At least Nathan Lyon will be available after being dismissed from ODI duties.

Match Odds

It seems like the absences of the three men called up to ODI duty are starting to tell. I said a couple of weeks ago that I thought that of the three of them- James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa- Zampa would be the one they'd miss the most. In truth it was their batting that cost the last time out and they could have done with a few big hits from the big bat of Maxwell.

They've now also lost all-rounder Stoinis to ODI duty after he was called in to replace the injured Mitchell Marsh.

If they bat first and post a below-par total I think they'll struggle to defend a score without the guile and control of Zampa.

I'd say the two batting line-ups are roughly of an equal standard. Say what you like about Pietersen but he's still the most likely match-winner across both sides with the bat.

But I'd favour the Sixers' bowlers over those of the Stars. Following that rationale, I'd take even money on the Sixers so to see them at [2.1] definitely makes my mind up for me.

Even though I have a feeling this will go close and that the Stars will still make it through to the semis.

Sidney Sixers Top Batsman

Whatever happens in this match, I'll end the Big Bash with a decent profit as you can see from the P and L column. And with that in mind, I'm going to allow myself to have a second bet.

Moises Henriques started the tournament in style with 76 not out but that was followed by a top score of 30 and two single digit figures.

Still, he's a class act and bats at what is for me arguably the best position to be at- number 3. That allows him enough time at the crease to get a big score without the added pressure of making every ball count during the Powerplays. And given it's my last Bash preview, I'm also going to allow myself to sign off with a cricketing cliché and say I wouldn't be surprised if he plays a real 'captain's knock.'

4/1 is bigger than I would have expected from a player with his pedigree.

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