Santa Ynez Stakes 2024 Picks

Santa Anita Park paddock photo by Stacy Edwards

By Jarrod Horak

The road to Kentucky Oaks 2024 continues at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, January 7, and I have included Santa Ynez 2024 picks below. The Grade 3 event for 3-year-old fillies has a $100,000 purse and the five entrants will be journeying seven panels on the main track. The Santa Ynez is the 8th race on Jan. 7 and the top five finishers will earn Kentucky Oaks points (10-5-3-2-1). 

Santa Ynez Stakes 2024 Picks & Final Time Ratings

Kopion was visually impressive at 30 cents on the dollar in her 6 1/2 furlong bow at Del Mar on Nov. 26. She stalked slow fractions and impressively kicked away in a 3 3/4 length victory under Flavien Prat. Richard Mandella’s $270k Omaha Beach filly has worked four times at Santa Anita since her debut including a nice drill on Dec. 25.

Tambo graduated in an $80k maiden claiming affair second time out, and she placed in her last two stakes starts. Nothing Like You nipped her by a nose in the Desi Arnaz at this trip last time and that Bob Baffert runner clicked right back in the Grade 2 Starlet at Los Alamitos Race Course on Dec. 9. Antonio Fresu sticks with Peter Eurton’s Enticed filly and she should be all over the pace. 

Bossy Bruin Gal exits back-to-back wins in the claiming ranks. Doug O’Neill’s Good Magic filly steps up to face much better company and needs to run faster. 

Petit Filet is a California-bred filly taking on open company. She graduated in a local wet track sprint in September, and followed that up with a place finish behind a romping winner in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies. 

Don’t Bring Crazy rounds out the compact field. She earned her diploma in a maiden optional-claiming sprint on Nov. 2, and finished more than 6 lengths behind Tambo in the Desi Arnaz Stakes last time. 

Santa Ynez Stakes 2024 Picks

The Santa Ynez Stakes is the 10th race in my Kentucky Oaks 2024 video series, and my top choices have two wins, three runner-up finishes, and a show finish. I will cover each points race on the road to the Kentucky Oaks. Check out my Santa Ynez Stakes 2024 picks video below.