Heavily Favored Adare Manor Registers Her Fifth Consecutive Win As She Marches To 5 ¼ Length Score In Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes
__HEAVILY FAVORED ADARE MANOR REGISTERS HER FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN AS SHE MARCHES TO 5 ¼ LENGTH SCORE IN GRADE II, $200,000 ZENYATTA STAKES __
A KEY PREP TO GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF NOV. 4, RACE IS A BC ‘DIRT DOZEN’ RACE
ARCADIA, CA (Oct. 1, 2023)—Adare Manor, in search of her fifth consecutive win and fourth graded stakes score, was dispatched as the prohibitive 1-9 favorite in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes and she certainly ran to the betting, coasting to a facile 5 ¼ length score under Juan Hernandez. Trained by Bob Baffert, Adare Manor got a mile and one sixteenth eased up at the wire in 1:43.70 and she’ll now be pointed to the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 4 here at Santa Anita.
Named in honor of North America’s 2010 Horse of the Year, the Zenyatta is a key prep to the e I Breeders’ Cup Distaff and is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Dirt Dozen.”
Breaking sharply and in firm control throughout, Adare Manor had a 2 ½ length lead on Desert Dawn leaving the quarter pole, whereupon Hernandez took a peek back to his left and from there, the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo widened while well within herself.
A winner of a pair of Grade II stakes here this past spring, the Santa Maria and the Santa Margarita, Adare Manor was most recently a one length winner of the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar going today’s distance on Aug. 5.
With no show wagering, she paid $2.20 and $2.10.
Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Adare Manor, who is out of the Giant Gizmo mare Brooklynsway, picked up $120,000 for her efforts today increasing her earning to $981,600 from an overall race record of 13-7-4-0.
Consistent Arizona-bred Desert Dawn, trained by Phil D’Amato, was clearly second best on the day, finishing 6 ¼ lengths in front of Micro Share.
Off at 5-1 with Umberto Rispoli, she paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the Zenyatta were 23.71, 47.91, 1:11.96 and 1:37.04.