2023 Santa Margarita Stakes & Honeymoon Stakes Recap

Despite most of the racing world’s focus was on the East Coast and the Belmont Stakes, Santa Anita hosted two quality races in the 2023 Santa Margarita Stakes and Honeymoon Stakes.

The headline race of the day was the Santa Margarita where the Bob Baffert trained Adare Manor was looking to cement her class. Heading into the race with two successive victories, she would go onto make it three wins on the bounce with another classy performance. Proving far too good for her rivals, she won the biggest prize of her blossoming career by five eased down lengths.

Selenaia was making her first graded start in this year’s Honeymoon Stakes and headed into the race off the back of two easy victories in Allowance company. Proving that the step up to graded class wouldn’t be an issue, she was positioned nicely and made the decisive move rounding the home turn. Showcasing that she could be one to keep an eye on, she burst down the home straight to win the race by five lengths.

Breeders Cup Odds

2023 Santa Margarita Stakes

G2, 1 mile and an eighth, dirt, open to fillies and mares aged three and over. Total prize pool: $200,000

  1. Adare Manor -140
  2. Kirstenbosch +600
  3. Desert Dawn +250

Winning time: 1:49.79

Adare Manor once again showcased her clear abilities and talent when an easy winner of this year’s Santa Margarita Stakes. 

Having won her last two contests in a true front running style, she once again broke well to hit the front early.

Completely at ease at the head of the field, Adare Manor and jockey Juan Hernandez were more than happy to gradually wind the pace of the race up. 

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Approaching the home turn with gears still to travel, her nearest pursuer Desert Dawn started to feel the pressure and started to drop back. With nothing but clear track both in front and behind, the victory was all but assured as she rounded the home turn. 

Sensing no danger, Hernandez was able to ease Adare Manor down well inside the final furlong but would still go on to win by five lengths.

Kirstenbosch would run on late to claim second with Desert Dawn a spent force back in third.

2023 Santa Margarita Stakes Race Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlace Show
1Adare Manor$2.60$2.10$2.10
2Kirstenbosch$5.00$2.10
3Desert Dawn$2.10

2023 Honeymoon Stakes

G3, 1 mile and an eighth, turf, open to three-year-old fillies. Total prize pool: $100,000

  1. Selenaia +300
  2. Broadway Girls +800
  3. Paris Secret +250

Winning time: 1:48.18

Selenaia would win for the third successive time and would land the biggest prize of her career in the process with a convincing win in the Grade 3 Honeymoon Stakes.

With all ten runners breaking well, it was the Bob Baffert trained Fast and Shiny who broke best and led the field through the early stages. 

Fast and Shiny would lead the field up until halfway down the back straight when the race would suddenly flip.

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Selenaia and jockey Joe Bravo were happy to stalk the pace and sat in 4th until Bravo said go. With Selenaia keen to get on with things, the pair made their move and, in an instant, hit the front. 

Clearly traveling well, she put several lengths between her and her nearest challengers. Rounding the home turn with a comfortable lead, she continued the relentless gallop and surged further clear.

With the race in the bag, Broadway Girls cemented her position as the best of the rest, with race favorite Paris Secret leading a large group home in third. 

2023 Honeymoon Stakes Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlace Show
1Selenaia$7.60$4.80$3.20
2Broadway Girls$6.80$3.80
3Paris Secret$2.80

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