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Personal Ensign Stakes Betting Preview

August 25, 2023


The 2023 Personal Ensign Stakes offers plenty of exciting names that will compete for victory on a historic track. The top female horses will be on display, offering great betting opportunities.


  • Date: 08/25/2023 at 5:44 PM ET

  • Distance: 1 1/8 m

  • Location: Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York (G1)

  • Purse: $500,000

  • Watch: FOX Sports 1

Personal Ensign Stakes Betting Preview

All six of the racers competing in this event are coming off of five different events. Two horses that competed in the same race recently were Nest and Clairiere, who went 1-2 respectively in their finishes.

This event used to be part of the Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series. Instead, it is a good preparation for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff.

With all of these names on the board, they all have recent experience with a victory and placing second before or after their victories. This will likely be the most compelling event of the night, as the competition will be fierce. 

Horses with Best Chance to Win

With a tough field, there are plenty of options to consider. The following horses are poised for success in the upcoming 2023 Personal Ensign Stakes.

Idiomatic 3/1

Idiomatic has strung together five wins out of six starts. This will be her debut in grade 1, but has done well against other graded competition with two consecutive victories heading into this one.

Clairiere 5/2

Clairiere has landed four grade 1 victories in the past. She has also had close encounters in races against Nest and Secret Oath this year, making her an appealing bet. However, she has only one win out of seven when racing at this distance.

Secret Oath 8/1

If Secret Oath can return to her previous form where she has landed a couple of second place finishes on grade 1’s, then she has a great shot to win. She has had plenty of rest since her June 10th Ogden Phipps Stakes, so she could be worth a wager.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

Since there are only six horses in the field for the 2023 Personal Ensign Stakes, all will be named below with odds from MyBookie. 


  • Idiomatic: 3/1

  • Malloy: 50/1

  • Secret Oath: 8/1

  • Sixtythreecaliber: 15/1

  • Nest: 4/5

  • Clairiere: 5/2

Nest 4/5

Nest is hands down the most popular horse here with her previous performances. She won the Shuvee Stakes last year here and is aiming to claim another.

She is 3-3 at this particular track and 4-6 overall at tracks with this distance. She has had plenty of time off and is ready to compete at a track she has dominated at.

Final Pick: Take Nest to Win at 4/5 odds

By: Andrew Leatherbury