2023 Grey Stakes, Mazarine & Autumn Stakes Recap

Despite this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, there were three top quality races that took place at Woodbine this weekend in the shape of the 2023 Grey Stakes, Mazarine and Autumn Stakes.

On Saturday, it was the Grey and Mazarine Stakes which took center stage.

First up was the Grey Stakes, where Two Ghosts was able to win the first graded prize of his career after narrowly missing out earlier in the year.

Concluding a brilliant day’s racing was the Mazarine Stakes, where Witwatersrand pulled off the upset to beat short priced favorite, Tripolina. 

The Autumn Stakes headlined Sunday’s card. With just six runners, Wolfie’s Dynaghost produced a special performance to win from gate to wire.

Grey Stakes

Grade 3, 1 mile and a sixteenth, dirt, open to horses aged two. Total prize pool: $150,000

  1. Two Ghosts +400
  2. Piper’s Factor +300
  3. Jayhawk +1200

Winning time: 1:44.56

Two Ghosts notched a second career victory when emerging victorious in this year’s Grey Stakes.

Justin Stein produced a peach of a ride, guiding Two Ghosts expertly from last to first.

Heading up the home straight, it was Tunechi and Piper’s Factor who were matching strides and making their best way home.

However, Stein had clearly timed his charge right. Peeling Two Ghosts to the outside, the pair burnt up the final two furlongs and managed to hit the front with just fifty yards left to run.

Finishing like an express train, he breezed past his ailing opponents and secured his first ever graded victory. 

2023 Grey Stakes Payouts

1Two Ghosts$14.90$6.10$4.40
2Piper’s Factor $3.70$3.30
3Jayhawk  $5.40

Mazarine Stakes

Grade 3, 1 mile and a sixteenth, dirt, open two year old fillies. Total prize pool: $150,000

  1. Witwatersrand +350
  2. Tripolina +100
  3. Mystic Lake +400

Winning time: 1:43.72

Patrick Husbands and Mark Casse notched yet another Woodbine graded prize with Witwatersrand comfortably winning the 2023 Mazarine Stakes. 

Travelling smoothly throughout, Husbands kept Witwatersrand in a pocket behind the front runner, Mystic Lake.

With the race entering the business end, Husbands switched Witwatersrand from the inside rail to the outside and quickly powered to the front.

Despite the attentions of the unbeaten Tripolina, Witwatersrand proved she was in a class of her own as she cruised to the line to score the biggest win of her career. 

2023 Mazarine Stakes Payouts

2Tripolina $2.40$2.30
3Mystic Lake  $4.20

Autumn Stakes

Grade 3, 1 mile and an sixteenth, dirt, open to horse aged three and over. Total prize pool: $150,000

  1. Wolfie’s Dynaghost +500
  2. Win for the Money +800
  3. Luckman +1500

Winning time: 1:42.52

Wolfie’s Dynaghost produced a spectacular performance to claim this year’s Autumn Stakes with a spectacular gate to wire victory.

With jockey Kazushi Kimura dictating the fractions expertly, he held a slim lead as he hit the home straight. 

With Luckman looking to spring the upset, it looked like Wolfie’s Dynaghost race was run until he kicked into another gear. 

Hitting the furlong pole with the race in the balance, he showed his rivals a clean pair of hoofs and powered his way to the finish line to win by six lengths. 

2023 Autumn Stakes Payouts

1Wolfie’s Dynaghost$9.70$5.40$4.30
2Win for the Money $6.00$6.80
3Luckman  $10.00

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