Exotics Wagers for the 2023 Natalma Stakes
A massive field of 15 two-year-old fillies will travel one mile on the Woodbine turf in the ultra-competitive $500,000 Natalma S. (G1). In a race with numerous fine prospects in the mix, I feel compelled to spread with multiple runners for my exotics plays.
Natalma Exotics Wagers
#8 Ready to Jam (10-1), one of four major threats in the affair for conditioner Mark Casse, is a horse that I expect to run a big one in her first voyage going a route of ground. By More Than Ready, the $320,000 yearling purchase finished third on debut but rebounded with a fine victory second time out while facing the boys. In her latest appearance, the bay rallied to be a clear runner-up in the Catch A Glimpse S., and she seems poised to thrive on the stretch out in trip. The Kentucky-bred has improved her Brisnet Speed figure in each lifetime try and retains the services of regular pilot Sahin Civaci.
Charlie Appleby’s #1 Dazzling Star (3-1) comes off of a fourth-place result while facing Group 3 foes at Royal Ascot and is surely one to consider. The Godolphin homebred is a half-sister to a stakes winner who was precocious while winning three times as a juvenile, and this filly has been flashing early interest in her races which is important from the rail in a massive field. Regular pilot William Buick will be in the silks aboard the March foal.
#11 She Feels Pretty (20-1) overcame a poor break to reel in a clear leader late in a turf dash at Ellis Park at first asking. This Cherie DeVaux pupil comes in fresh after posting a series of solid morning drills as of late, and the move to eight furlongs will be a good thing for the daughter of Karakontie, as well. I expect the chestnut to stalk the tempo near midpack early on with John Velazquez accepting the mount.
Christophe Clement’s #12 Ozara (10-1) was professional and game in a debut score at The Spa on August 6 and has trained well in the interim. The daughter of top sire Lope de Vega races for a barn that is superb second time on the turf, and I think that the Irish bred can be a really nice prospect going forward. Dylan Davis inherits the mount and will give the filly a clean journey throughout.