Goldikova Stakes (Santa Anita) Predictions, Odds & Picks

Goldikova Stakes 2020

If you're playing only to win, go with my top pick Raymundos Secret (9/5)

Post Position and Odds –  Goldikova Stakes

Check out our predictions and odds for the 2020 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita!

PPHorseOddsJockeyTrainer
1HANG A STAR6/1
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V EspinozaI Kruljac
2MAXIM RATE5/2
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U RispoliS Callaghan
3RAYMUNDOS SECRET9/5
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F PratP D’Amato
4ATOMIC BLONDE8/1
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M SmithJ E Kruljac
5ZEE DROP12/1
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M GutierrezP D’Amato
6SILBERPFEIL10/1
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J HernandezL Powell
7TONAHUTU9/2
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A CedilloD O’Neill

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$20 Exacta – Raymundos Secret over Maxim Rate = $20

$20 Exacta – Raymundos Secret over Tonahutu = $20

Top Pick:

Raymundos Secret 9/5

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Raymundos Secret will look to keep her perfect 2020 record intact when she tops a field of seven fillies and mares set to take to the Santa Anita turf in Sunday’s Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes.

A winner of a 5-of-7 lifetime, Raymundos Secret was a game wire to wire winner of the Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes at Del Mar in her most recent start. The Phil D’Amato trained daughter of Treasure Beach not only comes in with the best recent form in the $200,000 feature. but she also is well proven at the Goldikova’s one-mile distance, having won four of her previous five starts at the distance.

Chief among her rivals on Sunday will be the classy gray, Maxim Rate. Second in the Grade I Rodeo Drive at a mile and one quarter on the turf at Santa Anita four weeks ago, the Simon Callaghan trained runner will be cutting back to a distance where she has won three times before, including a sharp allowance score at Del Mar in July.

How to Watch the Goldikova Stakes

Goldikova Stakes Information
WhatGoldikova Stakes (G2)
WhereSanta Anita
WhenSunday, October 25 – 7:30 pm Eastern time
How to WatchTVG
Purse$200,000

Race Analysis

Raymundo’s Secret

Catch me if you can. After a nearly 10 month layoff, this 4-year-old turf filly has come back running for her new trainer, Phil D’Amato. She parlayed a nice stalking return victory in August to go right to the lead three weeks later in the 9 furlongs Mabee and proved too tough to catch. Top rider Flavien Prat will be back in the saddle again and together the pair have not been beaten in three starts. With the controlling speed in the race, and cutting back to a distance probably even more to her liking than the last one, she looks very likely to earn her second straight Grade 2 score.

Maxim Rate

Most recently second, beaten just over a length, in the 10 furlong Rodeo Drive, this daughter of Exchange Rate proved her class with the Grade 1 placing. A graded stakes winner last year, she has done most of her best racing while rallying at middle distances, although in her last two efforts she stretched out to 1 ¼ miles or more. Not blessed with the early foot as the favorite, the distance racing may have dulled her just a bit as she jumps back to the 8-furlong distance. Still, she is clearly a classy filly and the most likely upsetter of Raymundos Secret.

Tonahutu

Another who exits the 10 furlong Rodeo Drive, she did not embarrass herself while fading a bit to finish fourth. That effort followed a pretty simple one-mile allowance score at Del Mar. The top two deserve to be the favorites, but this daughter of Sir Prancealot has clearly upped her game since being claimed on May 31. Three starts back she ran a bang-up second in the 8 ½ furlongs Yellow Ribbon (G2). With a little more early pace than Maxim Rate, she could get the first jump. If you are looking for a logical alternative to the top two, her recent form points her out.

Hang a Star

If anyone in the field can take the race right to Raymundos Secret, this one is the best bet. The problem is she is completely unproven on the turf. Having said, she does bring in a fair amount of class from her dirt form, which includes a second-place finish to Bellafina in the Grade 3 Desert Stormer. Her last four are not quite as good, though, so this first try on turf might be a bit of desperation. She’ll need to love the turf to win this.

Atomic Blonde

Eastern turf shippers often come to California to find big success, but I’m not sure this is the filly to get the job done. Since winning a minor stakes race at Gulfstream in January, she has looked a cut or two below graded stakes competition. Her last two both came in rapidly run one-mile races, but she was not quite good enough, and I have a feeling the same will happen here.

Silberpfeil

The wildcard in the field, this 4-year-old Irish-bred will be making her first start in the United States on Sunday. She has done her racing in France and Italy where she could only manage 3 wins from 18 starts. Having said that, her recent form has been solid, although you have to wonder about the competition as all of those efforts came in Italy. Still, there is enough there to think that if she loves the California surroundings, it’s possible she could make some noise in the Goldikova.

Zee Drop

In six lifetime turf starts, this daughter of Lemon Drop Kid has been pretty consistent but has yet to prove herself a graded stakes horse. After winning two of her last three in 2019, she has yet to finish in the top three in her three starts this year, although she was not beaten badly in any of them. She faced Maxim Rate or Raymundos Secret in all three and was not quite good enough. It would take a serious step forward on Sunday to expect her to turn the tables.

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