Mrs. John Magnier, Madaket Stable and Deron Pearson’s Santa Monica out-ran her stablemate Inflexibility to earn a first North American stakes victory on Saturday, winning the G2 Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine by about a half-length. Sent to post at odds of 7-2, the 5-year-old daughter of Mastercraftsman came from last of the nine-horse field to hit the wire first, completing 1 1/4 miles over the firm turf in 1:59.51. Both the first and second-place finishers are trained by Chad Brown, and were ridden by Jose Ortiz and Javier Castellano, respectively. Race favorite at 5-2, last year’s Queen’s Plate winner Holy Helena had to settle for third.
“She was very nice today,” said Ortiz