Santa Ynez Stakes 2023: Ice Dancing gets her Skates On

The initial odds-on favourite was scratched from the G3 Santa Ynez Stakes 2023 at Santa Anita on Sunday, but the replacement odds-on chance Ice Dancing made no mistake, making her stakes breakthrough at the third attempt when coming home a dominant winner.

Santa Ynez Stakes

G3, $200,000, 7f dirt, 3yo fillies

Ice Dancing gets her skates on

With her path eased considerably by the scratch of odds-on favorite Justique, Ice Dancing ran out a dominant winner of the Santa Ynez at Santa Anita on Sunday, coming clear of longshots Satin Doll and Fast And Shiny to earn ten ‘Road to the Kentucky Oaks’ points.

The new 1-2 favourite was kept well away from the pace by Flavien Prat until coming with a strong, smooth move around the turn. She ran down front-runner Fast And Shiny at the eighth-pole and surged away in the closing stages, crossing the line three and a quarter lengths ahead of Satin Doll, who rallied past Fast And Shiny to take the place spot by a head.

“She jumped well and the pace was strong, so I kept her off a little bit,” said Prat. “She responded nicely in the stretch and is definitely improving.”

The Santa Ynez – postponed from the previous weekend following heavy rain – represented class relief for Del Mar maiden winner Ice Dancing, who had finished third in the G1 Del Mar Debutante on just her second start. Her trainer Richard Mandella may turn her around quickly for the G3 Las Virgenes over a mile back at Santa Anita on January 28.

Santa Ynez Stakes 2023 Results

1. Ice Dancing$3.00$2.20$2.10
2. Satin Doll$4.80$3.00
3. Fast And Shiny$3.40

Winning time: 1m 22.78s

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