Miss Grillo Stakes

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Miss Grillo Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Belmont At The Big A, Ozone Park, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 1980
  • Distance: 1 & 1/16ths mile (8 1/2 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Two Year Old Fillies
  • 2023 Purse: $200,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Wednesday, October 4th

2023 Miss Grillo Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
2
Hard to Justify
Flavien Prat / Chad C. Brown
$16.60 / $7.40 / $5.00
3
Life's an Audible
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher
$14.00 / $7.80
11
Whimsically
Junior Alvarado / Cherie DeVaux
$26.80
8
Gala Brand
Jose L. Ortiz / William I. Mott
7
Memorialize
Manuel Franco / H. Graham Motion
4
Gold Lightning
Joel Rosario / Brad H. Cox
10
Later Darling
Dylan Davis / Todd A. Pletcher
9
Sierra Sky
Javier Castellano / Mark E. Casse
12
Steel Lute
Jose Lezcano / Chad C. Brown
5
Dancing Spirit
Kendrick Carmouche / Adam Rice

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (2-3) Paid: $52.50
  • $0.50 Trifecta (2-3-11) Paid: $1,429.75
  • $0.10 Superfecta (2-3-11-8) Paid: $2,293.10

Watch the 2023 Miss Grillo Stakes

Miss Grillo Stakes Race History

The Miss Grillo Stakes is a Grade II horse race run each year at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY. Inaugurated in 1980 at Aqueduct, the race is named for the Argentine-bred filly Miss Grillo, who claimed back to back victories at the Diana Handicap in 1946 & 1947. Over the years the race has bounced between Belmont Park and Aqueduct several times, most recently in 2022 when the race was moved temporarily to allow Belmont Park to redevelopment work to begin.

Some of the notable former winners of the Miss Grillo Stakes include:

  • Lady Eli (2014) - 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner & 2017 American Champion Female Turf Horse
  • Maram (2008) - 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner
  • Wait A While (2005) - American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

Currently, two jockeys share the record for most wins with three: Jose Lezcano (2008, 2010, 2013) and Javier Castellano (2012, 2016, 2019). Trainer Chad C. Brown has been dominant at the race, holding a record nine wins of his own (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023).

The race serves as a qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf as part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge Series.

Miss Grillo Stakes Past Winners

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Hard to Justify
Flavien Prat / Chad C. Brown
1 1⁄16 M / 1:43.92
2022
Pleasant Passage
Irad Ortiz Jr. / Claude R. McGaughey
1 1⁄16 M / 1:37.07
2021
Sail By
Junior Alvarado / Leah Gyarmati
1 1⁄16 M / 1:37.31
2020
Plum Ali
Jose L. Ortiz / Christophe Clement
1 1⁄16 M / 1:35.42
2019
Selflessly
Javier Castellano / Chad C. Brown
1 1⁄16 M / 1:35.41
2018
Newspaperofrecord (IRE)
Irad Ortiz Jr. / Chad C. Brown
1 1⁄16 M / 1:34.63
2017
Significant Form
Irad Ortiz Jr. / Chad C. Brown
1 1⁄16 M / 1:35.91
2016
New Money Honey
Javier Castellano / Chad C. Brown
1 1⁄16 M / 1:34.68
2015
Tin Type Gal
Luis Saez / H. Graham Motion
1 1⁄16 M / 1:36.25
2014
Lady Eli
Irad Ortiz Jr. / Chad C. Brown
1 1⁄16 M / 1:36.62