2023 Mac Diarmida Stakes & Gulfstream Park Mile Review

This past Saturday at Gulfstream saw two fantastic Grade 2 races take place in the form of the 2023 Mac Diarmida Stakes and Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes. 

The first race to get underway was this year’s renewal of the Mac Diarmida Stakes. A field of twelve lined up for this year’s race and in what was a wide open contest it was Value Engineering out of the Michael Maker yard who proved too strong at the finish to win the biggest race of his career. 

A field of nine gathered for the Gulfstream Park Mile with the Todd Pletcher trained Charge positioned as the overwhelming favorite. It would turn out to be a poor race for favorite backers as Charge It could only manage second. Saturday would prove to be a special day for Michael Maker who won his second Graded race of the day with Endorsed. His charge would produce one of the greatest races of his career to beat Charge It by two lengths. 

Mac Diarmida Stakes

Grade 2, 1 and 3/8s of a mile, Turf, open to horses aged four and over. Total prize pool: $200,000

  1. Value Engineering
  2. Marwad
  3. Masterpiece 

A cracking renewal of the 2023 Mac Diarmida Stakes was delivered as Value Engineering just denied Marwad and a fast finishing Masterpiece to win the biggest prize of his career.

In what was a fast run race, much of the early running was done by the outsider of the field Value Proposition. He would lead the runners up until the home turn where all of a sudden the race would turn. 

Mac Diarmida Stakes Race Video

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Always in the leading pack were the trio of Astronaut, Value Engineering and Marwad. As the runners hit the home turn it looked like it would be Marwad who would slip clear but Value Engineering was able to track his every move. With the two matching each other stride for stride they looked set for battle down the home straight.

The two couldn’t be separated and in the shadows of the post it was Value Engineering who was able to stick his neck out and claim the thrilling victory. 

One for the notebook should definitely be Masterpiece who flew home to grab third place. Pre race favorites Astronaut and Highest Honors ran poorly to finish well down the field. 

Mac Diarmida Stakes Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlaceShow
1Value Engineering$13.40$7.60$5.00
2Marwad $6.40$4.60
3Masterpiece  $3.40

Gulfstream Park Mile

Grade 2, One mile, Dirt, open to horses aged four and over. Total prize pool $200,000

  1. Endorsed 
  2. Charge It
  3. Simplification 

Heading into this year’s Gulf Stream Park Mile the overwhelming favorite for victory was Charge It. Trained out of the Todd Pletcher barn, Charge It headed to Gulfstream having won two of his last three starts, which included a taking success in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes.

With much expected here, Charge It and jockey Luis Saez were keen to stamp their authority on proceedings early. 

Breaking well, they found themselves right up there with the early pacesetters and were incredibly well positioned. 

Gulfstream Park Mile Race Video

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Shading the lead, Saez and Charge It produced some quick fractionals which left half of the field feeling the early pace. With much of the field toiling, it looked it would be Charge It’s race to win. 

One horse keen to keep tabs on the leader was Endorsed. Trained out of the Michael Maker barn and with Tyler Gaffalione on board, he was always travelling sweetly.

Rounding the home turn it was clear that the race was going to be decided by one of these two horses. With Charge It seemingly feeling the pace, it was Gaffalione and Endorsed who swept past with a furlong to run. Once in the clear, the pair set sail for home and would never be caught. It was a convincing win, with the official margin of victory being just under two lengths. 

Charge It would finish second with Simplification doing some good late work to finish third. 

Gulfstream Park Mile Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlaceShow
1Endorsed$13.80$4.00$3.00
2Charge It $2.60$2.10
3Simplification  $3.00

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