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Never Retreat, Motion Runners Gallop

Never Retreat, with designs on an Eclipse Award, exercised on the turf course Wednesday for the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes Friday, a Grade I test for fillies and mares at one mile on grass.

 

“She just galloped and stretched her legs once around,” said Arthur Coontz, assistant to trainer Chris Block, after the drill under exercise rider Sylvester Robles. “This was her first morning under tack.

 

“She shipped fine,” said Coontz of the flight from Kentucky Monday and arrival in Barn 70 North with trainer Eoin Harty. Never Retreat, a 6-year-old mare by Smart Strike, has won five graded stakes this year, including the Grade I First Lady at Keeneland in her last start on October 8.

 

Gypsy’s Warning, who won the Matriarch last year for trainer H. Graham Motion, was joined in Barn 53 North by stablemates Summer Soiree and Unbridled Humor, who were flown west Tuesday from Motion’s training center in Fair Hill, Md., by Fed Ex from Newark, N.J. Gypsy’s Warning arrived here by the same route Thursday.

 

“All three were on the track this morning: Summer Soiree and Gypsy’s Warning to gallop and Unbridled Humor to jog,” said Alice Clapham, assistant to Motion. “I can’t remember Graham ever having three in a Grade I before.”

 

Unbridled Humor drew post one, Summer Soiree post two and Gypsy’s Warning post five in a field of nine. Never Retreat drew post eight.

 

 

 

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