Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally said Thursday that All Star Heart, winner of the Grade II Las Palmas Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita,
would probably make her next start in the $250,000 Matriarch, a Grade I test
for fillies and mares at one mile on turf here November 25.
Photo: Hollywood Park
“The most logical place is the Matriarch; that’s been a good
race for us,” said McAnally, who won the race with Auspiciante in 1986 and Tout
Charmant in 2000.
“She’s a classy filly,” said McAnally of the 4-year-old who
has won five of her last seven starts. “I liked her from the beginning. I
always thought she had the ability to win a stake and she proved it Sunday.”
McAnally has a more immediate eye Sunday on the $100,000
Sharp Cat Stakes, in which he will send out Charm the Maker, who could rule as
the favorite off a third-place finish in the Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes in her
“She was short that race,” said McAnally of the filly’s
first effort around two turns after breaking her maiden at six furlongs in her
debut. “But she’s bred to go long.” Charm the Maker, by Empire Maker out of the
Giant’s Causeway mare Charm the Giant, is
owned by McAnally’s wife Deborah.
McAnally also said that Goldwaki, who worked one mile on the
turf in 1:46.80 Thursday, is under consideration for the $250,000 Hollywood
Turf Cup, a Grade I test at 1 ½ miles, November 19.