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Goodnight Olive won the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Park, successfully repeating as champion of the race she won at Keeneland in 2022.
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First Row Partners and Team Hanley’s Goodnight Olive ($4.20) rocketed past second choice Society at the top of the stretch and drew off to score a 2 3/4-length victory in the 17th running of the $1 million PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita.
In joining Groupie Doll (2012-2013) as the only repeat winner of the race, Goodnight Olive completed the 7 furlongs on the fast main track in 1:22.97.
Trainer Chad Brown picked up his third victory in the race and 18th Breeders’ Cup victory overall. His other wins in the race came with Wavell Avenue in 2015 and Goodnight Olive last year.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the race for the fourth time, having previous won on Goodnight Olive last year, Bar of Gold in 2017 and Shamrock Rose in 2018. It is his 18th Breeders’ Cup victory.
Society and Eda battled for the early lead with Society taking over heading into the far turn. Goodnight Olive began to close in on the bend and drew alongside at the top of the stretch and quickly took command.
Yuugiri rallied to finish second, 1¼ lengths in front of Three Witches with Society another half-length back in fourth.
Goodnight Olive is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Ghostzapper out of the Smart Strike mare Salty Strike. The victory was worth $520,000 and increased her earnings to $2,196,200 with a record of 12-9-2-1 that includes four Grade 1 victories.
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