US Grade Two Winner for Mastercraftsman
Mastercraftsman has been enjoying a hot run of late and it continued at Woodbine in Canada on the weekend where Santa Monica (5m Mastercraftsman x Zacchera, by Zamindar) took out the Grade II Dance Smartly Stakes.
Trained by Chad Brown, Santa Monica scored a career best performance in in winning the 1 and 1/4m turf contest by half a length with a blistering finish from back in the field.
“She was very nice today,” said wining rider Jose Ortiz. “She put me into a great position and when I guided her to the clear, she exploded.”
A winner of the Group III Cork Munster Oaks in Ireland last year, Santa Monica was sold for 375,000 guineas at the Tattersalls December Sale last year and then sent to North America. She has the overall record of four wins and four placings from 25 starts.
Santa Monica is the best of three winners from Zacchera, a half-sister to Group I winner Sakhee’s Secret.