2023 Dance Smartly Stakes Odds, Field & Picks

A super talented field is due to head down to post for the 2023 Dance Smartly Stakes. 

Canada’s reigning horse of the year, Moira is likely to start as one of the favorites for the contest.

The winner of the 2022 Queen’s Plate she has now gone four starts without a victory and will hope to regain the winning thread here. 

Breeders Cup Odds

Dance Smartly Stakes

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

A high class field of nine will head down to post for this year’s renewal of the Dance Smartly Stakes.

Despite being highly progressive last year, this season hasn’t quite gone to plan for Moira who will be hoping to win her first race of 2023.

The 2022 winner of the Woodbine Oaks, she was able to finish fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. With many expecting her to build on her brilliant 2022, 2023 has been a tough year so far as  she could only finish second in both the 2023 Belle Mahone Stakes and 2023 Nassau Stakes. 

Improvement will be needed if she is to finally break her losing run.

Finishing one place ahead of her in the 2022 Belle Mahone Stakes was Souper Hoity Toity.

A multiple Stakes winner, she produced another brave performance in the 2023 Trillium Stakes where she was narrowly defeated by the reopposing Il Malocchio. She will hope to come out on top this time around. 

That win in the Trilllium Stakes was the last time that we saw Il Malocchio on track and that victory was one of the best of her career. Also a winner in the 2022 Maple Leaf Stakes she certainly warrants respect in this field. 

Salimah has won four of her first six career starts and will be having her first start at Woodbine. Her greatest achievement to date was when winning the 2022 Et Winter Memorial Stakes. That win catapulted her into the 2022 American Oaks picture, a Grade 1 race, she finished well down the field in seventh. 

Clearly high thought of she looks a major contender back in these calmer waters.

Miss Dracarys heads into the race off the back of two successive wins – however she hasn’t raced since her victory in the 2022 Forever Together Stakes back in November. No doubt a classy operator she does have fitness to prove which may give some of her rivals an edge.

Justify My Love was a Grade 2 winner in Argentina and since moving to America has won two of her six starts. Her win last time out in the 2023 Indiana General Assembly Distaff Handicap was her best effort since moving Stateside and she is another sure to be in the mix. 

Rounding out the field are Whimsical Dance, Ready Lady and Ephrata. All three will start as the outsiders for the contest. 

2023 Dance Smartly Stakes Betting Pick

Things just haven’t quite clicked for Moira so far in 2023 and her connections will be hoping for a change in luck here. Undoubtedly classy, there are others who look to have a major chance such as Salimah. However Moira has a great record at Woodbine and we will back her to narrowly prevail. 

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds from Jazzsports
Souper Hoity ToityPatrick HusbandsMark Casse+800
Whimsical DanceDeclan CarrollGail Cox+2000
Ready LadyEmma-Jayne WilsonRoger Attfield+1500
EphrataRyan MungerJosie Carroll+2000
Justify My LoveAdam BeschizzaPaulo Lobo+600
Il MalocchioSahin CivaciMartin Drexler+1000
SalimahKazushi KimuraChad Brown+300
MoiraRafael HernandezKevin Attard+250
Miss DracarysJavier CastellanoNeil Drysdale+400

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