Evaluating the Top Win Contenders for Honeymoon Stakes

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Going Global won the Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita on April 3. (BENOIT photo)

The $100,000 Grade 3 Honeymoon Stakes brings together a field of seven fillies. The field is led by Going Global, who was imported from Ireland to the United States this winter after a win. She has since won three straight races at Santa Anita, all stakes, including the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes last month.

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Thursday, May 20: 3 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Friday, May 21: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, May 22: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m-11:30 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, May 23: 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Another recent stakes winner is Madone, who won the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes three weeks ago. Golden finished second in the Senorita but was disqualified and placed sixth for interference in the stretch. Majestic Steps was fifth in the Senorita and placed fourth after being forced to steady with a half-mile to go. She won in her U.S. debut in January but is winless in four races since then. Quattroelle finished fifth in the Providencia but won the Blue Norther Stakes last December. Pizzazz just won the California Oaks Stakes on the all-weather surface at Golden Gate Fields and finished third behind Madone in the Surfer Girl Stakes last fall. Last but not least is Midnight Diva, who earned her first career win in her fifth career start last month and did so at the distance of the Honeymoon Stakes.

Going Global beat 13 horses in a handicap race last November in her native Ireland, although still a maiden, before taking three months off to acclimate to her new surroundings in the United States. Debuting in mid-February, Going Global won the Sweet Life Stakes, a sprint, earning a career-best 99 Equibase Speed Figure in the process. Stretching out to two turns, Going Global won both the China Doll Stakes and Providencia Stakes, the latter effort equaling the 99 figure earned two months earlier. Jockey Flavien Prat has been aboard for all three local starts to date and rides back in the Honeymoon Stakes. It appears Going Global will be tough to beat as she seeks her fifth win in a row.

Golden showed a lot of ability in January in only the second start of her career when rallying strongly from sixth to win going away. Following a poor fifth-place effort in March, Golden lagged far back in the early stages of the Senorita Stakes last month and was full of run on the turn when closing from 10th to fifth with an eighth of a mile to go. At that point, the filly shifted out and found a seam, rallying to get second at the finish line, one length behind winner Madone. However, the stewards ruled she had interfered with another horse and so she was disqualified and placed sixth. With a jockey change to Umberto Rispoli and a career-best 87 figure to improve upon from the Senorita, Golden has an upset chance in the Honeymoon Stakes. 

Madone won the first three starts of her career in the summer and fall of last year. Two of those wins came in stakes races, including the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita. In the Surfer Girl, Madone earned a strong 93 Equibase Speed Figure. After trying some of the top 2-year-old fillies on turf and finishing eighth of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November, Madone was given time off to mature. Returning to the races three weeks ago as if she had never been away for six months, Madone won the Senorita Stakes even after stumbling at the start to be away last of 10. In the Senorita, Madone earned an 89 speed figure. Jockey Juan Hernandez, who is the second leading jockey (behind Flavien Prat) at the Santa Anita meeting, rode Madone for the first time in the Senorita. He rides again in the Honeymoon, so we can expect another big effort, potentially good enough to win, particularly if the filly logically improves in her second start following the long layoff.  

The rest of the field (with their best  Equibase Speed Figures): Majestic Steps (92), Midnight Diva (91), Pizzazz (89) and Quattroelle (93).

Win Contenders:

Going Global

Golden

Madone

2021 Honeymoon S.
May 22nd, 2021

Winning Time: 1:46.37
  • Purse: $100,000
  • Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning Time: 1:46.37
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
6 Going Global (IRE)
$3.60
$2.40
$2.20
2nd
3 Golden
$4.60
$3.60
3rd
4 Midnight Diva
$7.20
4th
2 Quattroelle (IRE)
5th
5 Pizzazz
6th
7 Madone
7th
1 Majestic Steps (IRE)
Payoff
Pick 3
4-3-6
4-3-6
$279
Daily Double
3-6
3-6
$88
Exacta
6-3
6-3
$8
Superfecta
6-3-4-2
6-3-4-2
$25
Super High Five
6-3-4-2-5
6-3-4-2-5
$1,116
Trifecta
6-3-4
6-3-4
$36
Payoff
Pick 3
4-3-6
4-3-6
$279
Daily Double
3-6
3-6
$88
Exacta
6-3
6-3
$8
Superfecta
6-3-4-2
6-3-4-2
$25
Super High Five
6-3-4-2-5
6-3-4-2-5
$1,116
Trifecta
6-3-4
6-3-4
$36

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