Zenyatta Stakes Odds & Preview

One of Sunday’s most eagerly anticipated races at Santa Anita is the Zenyatta Stakes. A Grade 2 contest, Adare Manor and Desert Dawn will renew rivalries following their 1-2 finish in the 2023 Clement Hirsch Stakes.

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With Adare Manor coming out on top on that occasion, she will be seeking a third successive victory in the race for her trainer Bob Baffert.

Zenyatta Stakes

Grade 2, 1 mile and a sixteenth, dirt, open to fillies & mares aged three and over. Total prize pool: $200,000

Just four horses will compete for this year’s Zenyatta Stakes. The heavy favorite will be the Bob Baffert trained Adare Manor who will be looking to back up her victory from the 2023 Clement Hirsch Stakes.

A winner of her last four races, her victory in the Clement Hirsch was the best performance of her career by some margin.

Clearly thriving, she was able to beat the reopposing Desert Dawn in the Clement Hirsch by just over a length but will need to run another strong race to hold off her rival once again.

Despite missing out on the Clement Hirsch, Desert Dawn’s connections would have been delighted with how she ran. A slow and cumbersome start left her with plenty to do but she rallied well to only miss out by a length.

Her performance in the Clement Hirsch was one of the best of her career, but it didn’t stop her losing run. Now without a win in her last eight starts, you have to go back to the 2022 Santa Anita Oaks to see her last win.

Interestingly, she beat Adare Manor that day, and will need to summon all her powers if she is to beat her rival once again.

If you are looking to take the top two in the market on, then the selection must be Window Shopping. Very nicely bred, she will be looking to respond following a poor showing in the 2023 Del Mar Oaks where she could only finish sixth.

Before that poor run in the Del Mar Oaks, she was able to win the Summertime Oaks Stakes in determined fashion. Despite her promise, she may find life against the duo of Adare Manor and Desert Dawn tough but could be one for the forecast.

Completing the four-runner field is Micro Share. She will start the race as the outsider but has won all three of her last contests. Whilst those wins have come in far inferior company, her victory last time out in the 2023 Tranquility Stakes warrants her place in this lineup and her connections will be hoping that she can take another big step forward.

2023 Zenyatta Stakes Odds

Despite the small field, the undoubted selection has to be Adare Manor. A winner of her last four starts, she has beaten Desert Dawn the last two times that they have faced off against one another. She is thriving and should have too much class for the rest of the field to land a blow.

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds from JazzSports
Adare ManorJuan HernandezBob Baffert -250
Micro ShareMike SmithRichard Mandella +500
Desert DawnUmberto RispoliPhil D’Amato +400
Window ShoppingHector BerriosRichard Mandella +500

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