Santa Anita Oaks Contenders and Odds Announced for Saturday 4/9/22

Post PositionHorse and Morning Line Odds
1Desert Dawn (20-1)
2Ain’t Easy (4-1)
3Under the Stars (5-2)
4Micro Share (6-1)
5Adare Manor (3-5)

Adare Manor One to Beat in Santa Anita Oaks

(Edited Press Release)

Fresh off of double-digit scores in her last two races, Michael Lund Petersen’s Adare Manor looms a short priced favorite versus four rivals in the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita Park on April 9.

A pivotal race for those trying to get qualifying points to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), the 1 1/16-miles Santa Anita Oaks will provide the winner with 100 Oaks qualifying points, with 40, 20 and 10 points going to the second through fourth place finishers.

A 12-length gate to wire maiden winner at one mile on Jan. 7, Adare Manor pressed the early pace en route to a resounding 13-length win at 2-5 in the Grade 3 Las Virgenes Stakes at the same distance on Feb. 6. Trained by recently suspended Bob Baffert through her first four starts, she’ll be saddled for the first time by Tim Yakteen on Saturday with sights fully set on the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs May 6.

An odds-on favorite in three out of her four starts, Adare Manor, a filly by Uncle Mo, was purchased out of a 2-year-old in training sale for $375,000. With two wins and a second-place finish, she has earnings of $176,600.

Stablemate Under the Stars, a fast finishing second as the even money favorite in the Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles March 6, will also be transitioning from Baffert to Yakteen and appears to be the likely second choice in the Oaks while ridden for the first time by Mike Smith.

A front-running winner of the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs two starts back on Jan. 8, Under the Stars will undoubtably be forwardly placed in what will be her second try at a route of ground. A bay filly by Pioneerof the Nile out of the Storm Cat mare Untouched Talent, Under the Stars is owned by Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor. With an overall mark of 5-2-1-2, she has earnings of $190,520.

A one-mile maiden special weight winner going one mile in her second start Aug. 26 at Del Mar, Arizona-bred Desert Dawn was subsequently third in the Chandelier Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles here on Oct. 1 and was distanced in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 5 at 42-1.

Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by her breeders, H and E Ranch, Inc., Desert Dawn was a creditable fourth, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by top filly Eda in the Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 4 and in her lone start this year, was fourth, beaten 5 ¼ lengths by Eda in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel on March 6. With a recent race under her belt Desert Dawn, a bay filly by Cupid out of the Honour and Glory mare Ashley’s Glory, will hope to improve enough to be competitive against the top two.

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