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Matchmaker Next for Unbridled Essence

When Red Oak Stable’s Unbridled Essence won the Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes last year, she was 41-1 and it came as a complete surprise to a lot of people. When she started in last Monday’s Grade 3 Violet Stakes, the odds were 17-1 and again she ran lights out.


Now it’s doubtful if bettors will get more than 4-1 when she goes for a repeat in the $200,000 Matchmaker (G3) for fillies and mares on Sunday, July 31.


The 5-year-old mare by Essence of Dubai demonstrated her affection for Monmouth’s turf course once again in the Violet, charging from well off the pace to fall a nose short of victory.


“She ran as well as we could have expected,” trainer Gregg Sacco said. “She fired fresh, she loves this track, so now we’ll wait for the Matchmaker.”


In the Violet, with Carlos Marquez Jr. aboard for the first time, Unbridled Essence was last of seven through a slow first quarter. On the turn for home, she was forced to go three wide into the stretch and her strong late charge just fell short as Denomination proved two inches the best.


“She came back great in that race, just a whisker short,” Sacco said. “We’re happy to have her back to where she was last year.”



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