Adare Manor Heads Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes As Older Fillies & Mares Go A Mile And One Sixteenth
ADARE MANOR HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARIA STAKES AS OLDER FILLIES & MARES GO A MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH
FIRST POST TIME FOR A 12-RACE CARD ON SATURDAY IS AT 1 P.M.
ARCADIA, CA (April 26, 2023)—Fresh off a sharp allowance score at one mile, Bob Baffert’s Adare Manor heads a field of six older fillies and mares going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita.
A gate to wire winner at odds of 1-2 on March 31, Adare Manor posted a solid 92 Beyer Speed Figure in what was her second start of the year. A runaway 13-length winner going one mile in the Grade III Las Virgenes here on Feb. 6, 2022, she was then a close second as the 3-5 favorite in last year’s Grade II Santa Anita Oaks.
Subsequently second in the Black Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 20, 2022, Adare Manor was well beaten in the Grade I Cotillion Stakes Sept. 24 at Parx Racing near Philadelphia. Idle prior to her 4-year-old debut here on Feb. 18, a seven furlong allowance in which she ran second at 4-5 she’ll be making her 10th career start on Saturday.
A 4-year-old filly by Uncle Mo out of the Giant Gizmo mare Brooklynsway, Adare Manor is owned by Michael Lund Petersen and will be ridden for the third time in a row by Juan Hernandez. With three wins and four seconds, she has earnings of $381,600.
Keith Abrahams’ homebred Kirstenbosch, a game nose winner of the Grade III La Canada Stakes three starts back on Jan. 15, will be handled for the fifth consecutive time by Kazushi Kimura, as he’ll return from his base at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto to ride here on Saturday.
Trained by John Sadler, Kirstenbosch was most recently third, beaten one length in the Grade III Monrovia at 6 ½ furlongs on dirt April 8 and she’s well positioned to bring her best in the Santa Maria. Bred in Kentucky, Kirstenbosch is a 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute out of the Belong to Me mare Llandudno.
With an overall mark of 12-3-3-2, she has earnings of $368,480.
Although her resume is light in terms of graded stakes experience, Sadler’s Big Switch, most recently second, beaten a head by Adare Manor in a one mile allowance March 31, appears to be a solid fit in what will be her second graded stakes assignment.
Owned and bred in California by George Krikorian, Big Switch is a two-time statebred stakes winner making her ninth career start at age four. By Mr. Big out of the Malibu Moon mare Two Faced Moon, Big Switch, who is unbeaten in two tries at a mile and one sixteenth, will once again be forwardly placed with Joe Bravo back aboard.
With earnings of $339,924, she has four wins and two seconds to her credit.
THE GRADE II SANTA MARIA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 12 Approximate post 5:00 p.m. PT
- Kirstenbosch – Kazushi Kimura—122
- Adare Manor – Juan Hernandez – 120
- Big Switch – Joe Bravo – 120
- Smoothlikebuttah – Tiago Pereira – 120
- Mongolian Panther – Geovanni Franco – 120
- Bellamore – Ramon Vazquez - 120
First post time for a 12-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.