Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, which has won The Matriarch a record six
times, will try for another Friday when the Grade I is run for the 29th
which won a year ago with favored Ventura,
will be represented by homebred Special Duty in the $250,000 race at one mile
Matriarch commences Hollywood
Park’s three-day Autumn
Turf Festival. The Festival also includes the $100,000 Generous Stakes and
$250,000 Citation Handicap Nov. 27 and $100,000 Miesque Stakes and $250,000 Hollywood
Derby Nov. 28.
by Criquette Head-Maarek, Special Duty is a 3-year-old, English bred daughter
of Hennessy out of the Distant View mare Quest to Peak.
competing in Group I or Group II races in all but one of her nine starts,
Special Duty has won four times, amassing earnings of $1,070,938.
most significant win came in the Cheveley Park Stakes, a Group I, Oct. 2, 2009
at Newmarket in
her native land.
Juddmonte’s other Matriarch wins have come with Wandesta (1996), Ryafan (1997),
Heat Haze (2003), Intercontinental (2004) and Price Tag (2006). All except Ventura were trained by
the late Bobby Frankel, who has a record eight victories in a race first run in
South African bred, Gypsy’s Warning will shorten up a bit for her second start
Third as the favorite in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes at 1 ¼ miles Oct. 2 during
the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet, Gypsy’s Warning will be seeking her third win
in five tries at the Matriarch distance.
by Graham Motion for Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables,
Gypsy’s Warning has won six of 16 and earned $341,862. She’s a 5-year-old by
Mogok and the Royal Chalice mare Gypsy Queen.
Fa Pootz comes off a rare subpar effort for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who
co-owns the 5-year-old with Team Green. She was last of nine in the Yellow
Ribbon, her first off the board finish in 12 starts in 2010.
for $16,000 Dec. 10, 2009 at Golden Gate Fields by her current connections,
Lilly Fa Pootz has since won four times and earned $212,870. Overall, the
daughter of Gilded Time and the Fit to Fight mare Dark Rhythm has won eight of
30 and banked $252,492.
Tears, who had a seven race win streak snapped when she was fifth in the Abu
Dhabi First Lady Oct. 9 at Keeneland, is hoping to get back on track in her
second trip to California.
and bred by trainer Bart Evans, the 5-year-old daughter of Najran and the
Greinton mare Wishes and Roses won the John C. Mabee Aug. 15 at Del Mar in her first
start in this state. She’s won 11 of 17 and banked $720,598.
Forth North rebounded after an eighth place finish in the Yellow Ribbon to earn
a nose victory in the Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap 15 days later. All three
of her wins have come at the Matriarch distance.
has earned $171,164 in 11 starts. Owned by L-Bo Racing, Monte Pyle and Summer
of Fun Racing, the 3-year-old North Light filly and the Holy Bull mare Witch
Tradition is trained by A C Avila. Price Tag was the last 3-year-old to win the
C will be seeking her first turf win, having gone 0-for-3 on the surface.
bred daughter of Roman Dancer and the Rahy mare Paris Operetta was fourth in
the Providencia Stakes April 3 at Santa Anita in her most recent grass race.
by Carlos Polanco and trained by Marcelo Polanco, Camille C has won three of 16
and earned $293,551.
3-year-old, Westwood Pride, was second, beaten by a neck by Briecat, in the Las
Palmas Handicap at the Matriarch distance Oct. 31. She has three wins in 10
tries. Owned by Juliana and Rustin Kretz and trained by Kristin Mulhall, the
Pleasantly Perfect filly out of the Kingmambo mare Palau has earned $111,044.
inside out, the field for The Matriarch: Gypsy’s Warning, Joel Rosario rides,
123 pounds; Lilly Fa Pootz, Joe Talamo, 123; Camille C, Victor Espinoza, 120;
Westwood Pride, Patrick Valenzuela, 120; Go Forth North, David Flores, 120;
Special Duty, Rafael Bejarano, 120 and Wasted Tears, Rajiv Maragh, 123.
in the afternoon, Waveline, Reba Is Tops and six other fillies and mares will
get together in the $55,000-added Raise Your Skirt Stakes. The race is at six
furlongs on turf.
time for the 10 race card is 12:30 p.m.