2023 Woodford Stakes & First Lady Stakes Recap

Gina Romantica defeats her barn buddy In Italian to claim her second graded stakes victory at Keeneland and cause a shock in the 2023 First Lady Stakes on Saturday. Arzak mows down the stateside shipper Live In The Dream to add another graded stakes win the 2023 Woodford Stakes.

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The First Lady Stakes

Grade 1 – Purse $750,000 – 1 mile – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up – Fillies & Mares

Chad Brown produced the 1-2 in the 2023 First Lady Stakes but it was with the second string Gina Romantica who edged ahead of her barn buddy at the wire to win by a head.

Gina Romantica loves it here at Keeneland as she was winning her second Grade 1 at the track having previously won the 2022 Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.

There was no fluke about this win as she traveled beautifully for Tyler Gaffalione six lengths off the speed set by her barn buddy.

2023 First Lady Stakes Race Video


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In Italian kicked at the top of the stretch and widened two lengths clear of Whitebeam who was outpaced.

Gaffalione bought his filly wide into the short stretch and when he set her down, the response was immediate and she mowed down In Italian fifty yards from the wire, with Evvie Jets running a fine race in third and Whitebeam holding the fourth spot.

2023 First Lady Stakes Race Payouts

1. Gina Romantica$25.02$6.26$4.30
2. In Italian$2.42$2.10
3. Evvie Jets$5.58

WINNING TIME: 1 min 33.70 secs

The Woodford Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $350,000 – 5 ½ furlongs – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

Arzak was unfancied here but was given a fantastic ride by Joel Rosario.

The gelding had a strong campaign in 2022 having won and been placed in several graded stakes contests but this was his biggest victory so far.

He had lost his from near the end of 2022 and there was little to get excited about in his first two runs this year but he came right back to form to win an Allowance contest at Saratoga back in August.

However, that form was not deemed good enough here and he was double-figure odds on the board.

He jumped alertly from the gate but Rosario was having none of the early speed set by Live In The Dream who went through the first quarter in under 21 seconds and the half in just under 44 seconds.

2023 Woodford Stakes Race Video


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Rosario had his mount on the rail and made his move at the top of the stretch, got to the leader a furlong from the wire and ran out a comfortable length and a quarter winner from Our Shot and Beer Can Man in second and third with Live In The Dream fourth on US debut.

Arzak now has the 2023 Breeders Cup Sprint as a possible target.

2023 Woodford Stakes Race Payouts

1. Arzak$25.66$11.42$7.40
2. Our Shot$5.82$4.56
3. Beer Can Man$4.66

WINNING TIME: 1 min 01.65 secs

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