2023 Santa Maria Stakes & More Santa Anita Races Recaps

It was a weekend for fillies and mares at Santa Anita, with the ex-Brazilian Macadamia at the forefront when making her stakes breakthrough Stateside in the G3 Wilshere on Sunday. Twenty-four hours earlier, Adare Manor had returned to her best when wiring the G2 2023 Santa Maria Stakes, while the ex-Irish Paris Secret was another to win her first stakes when taking the G3 Providencia.

Wilshere Stakes

G3, $100,000, 1m turf, 4yo+ females, Sunday

Macadamia cracks it

Twice a G1 winner in her native Brazil, Macadamia produced her best performance since moving north when a decisive winner of the Wilshere – beating Quattroelle and Very Scary – at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Wilshere Stakes Race Video


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The 3-1 third-choice had nothing to do with the early fractions, but came running hard for Tiago Pereira at the top of the lane to lead at the eighth-pole, and although Quattroelle finished off her race strongly Macadamia had too many guns, staying ahead by a length. The fading Very Scary was a length and three-quarters back in third, while favoured Closing Remarks never figured, finishing fourth.

“These South American fillies are really hearty horses,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, who won five stakes across the weekend. “She keeps stepping up.”

Wilshere Stakes Payouts

1. Macadamia8.203.803.00
2. Quattroelle 3.202.40
3. Very Scary  4.80

Winning time: 1m 33.66s

Santa Maria Stakes

G2, $200,000, 1m 1/16 dirt, 4yo+ females, Saturday

Manor back on song

It’s all coming together again for Adare Manor, who signed for her first Graded-stakes win in more than a year when much too strong for Bellamore and Big Switch in the Santa Maria, also providing trainer Bob Baffert with a record sixth victory in the race.

Santa Maria Stakes Race Video


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The 3-5 favourite rolled coast-to-coast under Juan Hernandez, drawing off unchallenged under a hand-ride to score by four and three-quarter lengths, with a length and a quarter separating the place and show horses.

Adare Manor, winner of the 2022 G3 Las Virgenes before her form tailed off, is now four-for-ten lifetime with all her wins at Santa Anita, where she has never finished out of the first two.

Santa Maria Stakes Payouts

1. Adare Manor3.402.402.10
2. Bellamore 4.002.80
3. Big Switch  2.20

Winning time: 1m 43.10s

Providencia Stakes

G3, $100,000, 1m 1f turf, 3yo fillies, Saturday

Paris blooms in springtime

Irish import Paris Secret made her stakes breakthrough when coming from last to first in the Providencia, turning back Pleasant Wave and Broadway Girls to post her first success since shipping Stateside over the winter.

Providencia Stakes Race Video


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The odds-on favourite Ancient Peace resented not being on the lead and Paris Secret took full advantage, the 3-1 second-choice moving through to lead at the eighth-pole under Kazushi Kimura before holding off rallying longshot Pleasant Wave by three-quarters of a length, with the fading front-runner Broadway Girls four and a quarter lengths further back.

“The extra eighth of a mile made the difference,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. “She’s bred to run all day.”

Providencia Stakes Payouts

1. Paris Secret8.204.006.00
2. Pleasant Wave 8.2011.60
3. Broadway Girls  7.00

Winning time: 1m 47.50s

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