2023 Autumn Miss & Goldikova Stakes Odds and Picks

Despite the conclusion of the 2023 Breeders’ Cup, the top-class racing action isn’t stopping at Santa Anita, as this Sunday there are two more prestigious races up for grabs, the 2023 Autumn Miss and Goldikova Stakes. 

The Goldikova Stakes is a Grade 2 contest that has attracted a field of six fillies and mares. The favorite for the contest is Queen Goddess, who will be making her first start since May. The winner of the 2023 Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf, that form is comfortably the best in the field and as long as she is ready to race, she could be tough to beat. 

A larger field of ten are set to gather for the 2023 Autumn Miss Stakes where Anisette should start as the warm favorite. A winner of both the 2023 San Clemente Stakes and 2023 Del Mar Oaks, she will be looking for her fourth victory since moving to America. 

Goldikova Stakes

Grade 2, 1 mile, turf, open to fillies and mares aged three and over. Total prize pool: $200,000

A tight betting heat is expected in this year’s Goldikova Stakes, with the Mike McCarthy trained Queen Goddess expected to be sent off as the slim favorite.

Although classy, injuries have curtailed what could have been an exceptional career and she will be making just her fourth start of the year. 

Her biggest win came earlier in 2023, when she landed the spoils in this year’s Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf – that form easily sets her apart from the rest.

However, she has failed to fire in her last two starts and could only finish third in the 2023 Gamely Stakes. Her connections will hope that her most recent layoff could see her return to the winner’s circle. 

Hoping to show her class and spoil Queen Goddess’s party is Closing Remarks.

Making her ninth start of the season, she will be hoping to score her fourth win of 2023. Victorious in the 2023 John C. Mabee Stakes, she has shown she can win at this level but will need to bounce back from her fourth-place finish in the 2023 Rodeo Drive Stakes when last seen. 

Phil D’Amato saddles two in the race with Lucky Girl and Hamwood Flier. Lucky Girl is set to start at a large price, but Hamwood Flier should be seriously considered.

Formerly trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington, she has won two of her five American starts, including the 2022 Swingtime Stakes. Although without a win in her last two starts, her fourth-place finish in the 2023 Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes offers some serious encouragement for those wanting to back her. 

Another popular selection is bound to be Full Count Felicia. A winner of her last three races, she is clearly in good heart and looks set to make another bold bid here. 

Completing the Goldikova lineup is Eddie’s New Dream, but she is another who will start as an outside contender. 

2023 Goldikova Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

Queen Goddess is clearly the most talented horse in the Goldikova field, but a lack of recent races is a concern. If looking to take her on, Full Court Felicia could be the pick. Clearly thriving, she may just have enough to score the biggest win of her career to date. 

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds from JazzSports
Closing RemarksJuan HernandezCarla Gaines+250
Lucky GirlJoe BravoPhil D’Amato+1000
Eddie’s New DreamMario GutierrezBen Cecil+1000
Hamwood FlierFlavien PratPhil D’Amato+400
Full Count FeliciaSheldon RussellBrittany Russell+250
Queen GoddessLuis SaezMike McCarthy+200

Autumn Miss Stakes

Grade 3, 1 mile, turf, open to fillies aged three. Total prize pool: $100,000

A brilliant weekend of racing at Santa Anita will conclude with the renewal of the Autumn Miss Stakes. Ten fillies have been declared, for what is bound to be a fascinating contest. 

Anisette will start the race as the overwhelming favourite following victories in both the 2023 San Clemente Stakes and 2023 Del Mar Oaks. 

Her victory in the Del Mar Oaks was at the very highest level and if she produces anything close to that here, she won’t be for passing. 

Hoping that Anisette has an off day will be the duo of Breath Away and Be Your Best

Breath Away has won two of her five career starts, including the 2023 Sanibel Island Stakes. Whilst that form doesn’t come close with what Anisette has achieved, she could be one for the forecast.

Be Your Best has now gone eight starts without a win, but during this luckless period has raced in some hugely competitive contests and finished just one place behind Anisette in the Del Mar Oaks. Likely to be one of the pace angles of the contest, look for her to put as much daylight between herself and Anisette as possible during the early stages of the race.

Phil D’Amato will be hopeful of a special Sunday and saddles Impact Warrior. She finished third in the Del Mar Oaks, but prior to that had run well in some competitive Irish races. 

Ruby Nell is another who finished behind Anisette in the Del Mar Oaks, but she managed to put that performance behind her when winning the 2023 Unzip Me Stakes. Whilst she has form to find with the principles, her win last time out should give her a serious chance of competing for the places. 

As well as Ruby Nell, Richard Mandella also saddles Coffee in Bed. A winner in Allowance company last time out, she will have to run the race of her life to compete with the principal horses.

Of those at bigger prices, Justique and Tea N Conversation make the most appeal. 

Although winless in her last five, Justique did win the 2022 Desi Arnas Stakes and has shown she is capable of a big performance on her day. 

The same can be said of Tea N Conversation, who won last time out back in Allowance company but is yet to win any sort of graded prize. 

Completing the lineup are Star of the Night and Free and Humble who will both start as outsiders. 

2023 Autumn Miss Stakes Odds & Racing Picks

Despite ten runners having been declared, everything is pointing towards Anisette simply having too much class for her rivals. Her form stands out by a mile and she could be one of the best bets of the day. 

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds from JazzSports
Breath AwayJoel RosarioChristophe Clement+400
Impact WarriorFlavien PratPhil D’Amato+500
Be Your BestHector BerriosHoracio De Paz+400
AnisetteUmberto RispoliLeonard Powell+160
JustiqueMike SmithJohn Shirreffs+1200
Star of the NightAntonio FresuMark Glatt+2000
Coffee in BedJuan HernandezRichard Mandella+600
Free and HumbleSheldon RussellPeter Miller+1500
Tea N ConversationLuis SaezMike McCarthy+1200
Ruby NellEdwin MaldonadoRichard Mandella+500

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