2023 Royal Heroine Stakes Odds & More Santa Anita Races

John Sadler aims to make a winning debut with the classy Irish Seisei who has been impressive in her morning drills and will face off favorite Closing Remarks in the 2023 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita

Royal Heroine Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $200,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 4-Year-Olds and Up Fillies And Mares

Closing Remarks 2/1 that is the chalk, and she is a solid performer at Grade 2 level. She has finished third in the last two runnings of the Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita, and has been beaten less than two and a half lengths in her last five graded races, and deserves to be the favorite.

Her main rival looks to be School Dance 3/1. She was fourth in the Buena Vista Stakes last time, only beaten a nose by Closing Remarks, but she’ll do well to turn that form around.

Both Very Scary 6/1 and Honey Jar 5/1 are improving horses. Honey Jar has had eight career starts but has hit the board in seven of those and finished fourth in the other. She is taking a step up the class ladder but won an Allowance last time, and trainer Michael McCarthy has a 15% strike rate with runners going from a sprint to a route.

Very Scary has run fourteen times but only broke the maiden tag three back in a low-level $30K Maiden Claimer. However, she has gone on to win her next two starts and looks on a strong upward curve.

Nadette 6/1 looks outclassed here but Seisei 3/1 has her first run stateside. Her form in Ireland was very strong, and John Sadler has had great success with these imports before. She has to overcome a five-month lay but Sadler is 23% off these layoffs and the morning drills have been very solid.

2023 Royal Heroine Stakes Odds & Betting Pick

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
School DanceRamon A. Vazquez+300
Honey JarKazushi Kimura+500
Closing RemarksJoe Bravo+200
Nadette (FR)Lanfranco Dettori+600
Very ScaryKent J. Desormeaux+600
Seisai (IRE)Umberto Rispoli+300

Closing Remarks is the chalk here and she must go very close here. She’ll be closing late, and with Very Scary trying to go gate to wire, she’ll have a strong pace to close into and is a lock to hit the board.

But we want to find a bit of value and the selection is SEISEI who has the back form to make her stateside debut a winning one.

Honey Jar and School Dance look sure to run well and can be fighting to grab a slice underneath.

American Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $100,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 4-Year-Olds And Upwards

Class dropper Du Jour who has never been out of the first two in four runs at Santa Anita will look to use his potent finishing stretch kick to secure a second career graded stakes success.

We have graded stakes performers class dropping here, and one of those is Du Jour 9/5 who was beaten just a neck in the Grade 1 Frank E Kilroe Stakes and he will be held up for a customary late stretch run.

Earls Rock 8/5 won the Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at the beginning of February and he held off the late surge of Du Jour by just a nose. He had a better track position that day but we may well see a different result today.

Bob And Jackie 15/1 was behind the above two runners in the same race and just looks a little outclassed here today.

However, one that could be interesting today is Exaulted 4/1 who has won his last two starts at a lower level and gets a step up the class ladder here. He has some solid back form in Grade 2 company and if reproducing his run in the Grade 2 Triple Bend Stakes here at Santa Anita, he will be a danger after two recent bullet drills.

We have two more runners here in Vanzzy 10/1 and Irideo 4/1 both of whom have solid graded stakes form. Of those two, it is Irideo that looks the most interesting. He was just behind Earls Rock and Du Jour on his last run and is another that likes to close late. He’s not been beaten far in the Sea Biscuit Handicap and the Del Mar Mile, both Grade 2 events, and is interesting at slightly bigger odds.

American Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
Earls Rock (IRE)Umberto Rispoli+160
Bob and JackieJose Valdivia, Jr.+1500
Du JourLanfranco Dettori+180
ExaultedJuan J. Hernandez+400
VanzzyJoe Bravo+1000
Irideo (ARG)Hector Isaac Berrios+400

This is a tough one to call, and it’s likely the speed will come from Bob And Jackie, and he may well be joined on the front end by EXAULTED, and it’s this one that gets the vote.

Du Jour must go very close, and his finishing kick can give him another board finish, with the likes of Earls Rock and Irideo likely to be right there when they hit the wire.

Pasadena Stakes

Stakes – Purse $100,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

Johannes looks to continue his rise up the ranks and will be looking to use his stretch speed to mow down the John Sadler-trained Game Time late on.

Just the five runners and we’ll start with the chalk Johannes 4/5 who will be looking to notch the hat trick after breaking the maiden two back and then taking the Baffle Stakes here at Santa Anita. That performance was made even more impressive by the fact he encountered traffic problems numerous times, and he’ll be very tough to beat here. The stretch-out to a mile should pose no problems.

Wizard Of Westwood 3/1 was second in that race when an unfancied 25/1 longshot and he’ll have to take a big step forward to reverse that form with the chalk. That was only his second career start and his first try on the unique Santa Anita hill course. Back to a conventional track today will help, and he is sure to improve.

Well fancied on the morning line is the John Sadler trained Game Time 5/2, and he will likely be the one on the speed here. He broke the maiden three back here at Santa Anita and then took his form to a new level when runner up in the Grade 3 Cecille B DeMille behind the top-class Speed Boat Beach, and that line of form is the best on offer here.

The other two runners Keen To Go 12/1 and Mucino 8/1 look well outclassed here.

Pasadena Stakes Odds & Betting Tip

HorseJockeyOdds by Jazzsports
Keen to GoEdwin A. Maldonado+1200
Wizard of WestwoodLanfranco Dettori+300
Game TimeJuan J. Hernandez+250
MucinoTiago Josue Pereira+800
JohannesUmberto Rispoli-125

Johannes is the horse on a sharp upward curve here, and if taking another step forward could be hard to beat with what looks a perfect setup for his late-closing style.

However, the best piece of form is held by GAME TIME and John Sadler’s colt may have a little too much class for these.

Wizard Of Westwood looks sure to improve on this third try but may be playing for a slice underneath today.

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